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Friday, March 2nd @ 7pm
Racial Justice Task Force Hosts Screening of Traces of the Trade
On March 2, the Racial Justice Task Force will host a screening of the documentary film, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, by filmmaker Katrina Browne about her discovery that her New England ancestors (based in Bristol, RI) were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film shows Browne and nine family members on a remarkable journey, which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise.
From 1769 to 1820, DeWolf fathers, sons, and grandsons trafficked in human beings. They sailed their ships from Bristol to West Africa with rum to trade for African men, women and children. Captives were taken to plantations that the DeWolfs owned in Cuba, or were sold at auction in such ports as Havana and Charleston. Sugar and molasses were then brought from Cuba to the family-owned rum distilleries in Bristol. Over the generations, the family transported more than ten thousand enslaved Africans across the Middle Passage. They amassed an enormous fortune. By the end of his life, James DeWolf had been a U.S. Senator and was reportedly the second richest man in the United States.
Traces of the Trade, an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival., shatters the false complacency many of us have enjoyed because we and our ancestors were northerners
Please join us Friday, March 2 at 7:00 PM. The event is free and all are welcome.
FPC IS A SIGNATORY TO THE UUA/UUSC DECLARATION OF CONSCIENCE
In issuing the declaration the presidents of the two organizations wrote, “this is not about partisan politics. It is a principled response to the potential targeting of people not for what they have done, but for who they are. It is a commitment to speak out and to act in support of basic human rights.” The two presidents urge signatories to be “vigilant of administration actions, policies and verbal assaults that undermine the principles of (the) declaration or disparage, threaten or attack innocent people” and to “respond by speaking truth to power and mobilizing support for those who are under siege”. The full text of the declaration is as follows:
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
The time is now.
The declaration may be found on-line athttps://www.uua.org/
FPC Duxbury offers educational programs as well as opportunities for advocacy and direct service.