Social Justice Movies and Sandwiches Series

Third Sunday of the month, October through June 

Documentary films on social justice issues and a light lunch are presented by the UUCGN Social Justice Committee.   Free and open to the public.

April 21:  Movie TBD

May 19:  Movie TBD

June 16: Movie TBD  

Recent Films in the series:

December 16:  Sacred Choices and Abortion: 10 New Things to Think About
This film reframes reproductive rights debates in the context of religion. Includes scholars from major faith traditions.  Among other things, the video tells the painful history of women killed in the pre-Roe v.Wade period and includes segments on clinic violence. It opens and closes with strong scenes from the April 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington. It also features pro-choice testimony from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim scholars.

January 20:  Reefer Madness.  1936 Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

February 17:  The Criminalization of Poverty:  

How the system makes the poor poorer 

"The Bail Trap" and "To Prison for Poverty"

Explores modern-day debtor’s prisons affecting low-income communities who struggle to pay traffic fines.

To Prison for Poverty documents the system that enables private probation companies to profit from charging excessive fees to low income people who can't pay small fines like traffic tickets.  If they can't pay, they go to jail. 


Many people think that debtor’s prisons disappeared from American society just as surely as horse-based transportation.  But in fact, people who are too poor to pay fines are still being threatened with incarceration -- and even imprisoned -- today.  Add private, for-profit companies to the mix, and you've got a system that abuses those who can least afford it, with disastrous effects on poor people and communities of color.

March 17:  Green Sanctuary presents: 

Happening:  A Clean Energy Revolution.  


Energy is all around us. However, how we choose to use it is a different story.  “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution,” is a movie that documents people around the globe trying to make smarter choices to preserve the world we live in. 

Filmmaker James Redford, a documentary filmmaker who grew up watching some of the best American movies come together thanks to his father, Robert Redford,  embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US.


Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too.  Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival. (71 minutes)


These events are free and open to the public.