JUSTICE TEAM

Transforming Our Community Through Justice Events, Advocacy, Discussions and Learning Opportunities

The Justice Team

A gathering of people who engage in advocacy and awareness around important issues in social and racial justice in our community. There are multiple ways you can join the team and make a difference:

  • Join the Justice Events Team. Organize, coordinate, and partner with other organizations to produce events and public forums addressing social justice issues including affordable housing, the poverty-to-prison-pipeline, racial justice and more. Email Amber for more info.
  • Join a Justice Learning Group. These short-term learning groups invite exploration, connection and discussion around our personal understandings, biases and actions we can take about justice issues that matter. Email Chalette for more info.
  • Join in H.O.P.E., The Hillsborough Organization of Progress and Equality. See below to learn more. Email Ann for more info.
  • Attend and Participate. Advances in social justice are thwarted without community action. Join us in these efforts engage our friends and neighbors in the movements of advocacy, awareness and reconciliation in our city.
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Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE)

Hyde Park/Portico is one of 23+ interfaith member congregations who belong to HOPE, a non-partisan community organization founded in 1988. Their mission: to promote justice, fairness, and the dignity of people by engaging and training people to responsibly and successfully act together to hold officials accountable to improve the systems affecting the quality of life in our communities. HOPE uses a four-step process to bring to surface and win issues of justice:

  1. Listen: We listen to our members in one-on-one meetings and “house meetings”  in order to surface community problems for research and action. The listening process also serves to invite more people to become a part of the justice ministry.
  2. Research: We research the problems to identify workable solutions. HOPE meets with stakeholders and policy makers as well as dives into data that relates to the issue(s).
  3. Gather: We gather a large number of people, in order to show our supportive power and attract the attention of the decision-makers who can implement the solutions we are requesting.
  4. Follow Up: We follow-up on the public commitments made by the decision-makers in order to ensure that there is action to address the problem by implementing the requested solutions.

Justice Events + Learning Groups: Past and Present

Courageous Conversations: How To Kill a Mockingbird Teaches an Important History Connecting Slavery to Mass Incarceration

By Chalette Davis | November 3, 2022

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 The Portico’s Community Hall (hybrid) Join us for this time of reflection, evaluation and exploration. Click here to register via Zoom. Courageous Conversations is a…

The Banned Book Series – To Kill A Mocking Bird | Session 1 of 4

By Chalette Davis | October 25, 2022

Marching On: The Banned Book Series 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 & Nov. 15 via Zoom FREE & Open to Public After the 2022 pilgrimage to Montgomery’s Legacy Museum,…

The Banned Book Series – To Kill A Mocking Bird | Session 4 of 4

By Chalette Davis | October 24, 2022

Marching On: The Banned Book Series 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 & Nov. 15 via Zoom FREE & Open to Public After the 2022 pilgrimage to Montgomery’s Legacy Museum,…

The Banned Book Series – To Kill A Mocking Bird | Session 3 of 4

By Chalette Davis | October 24, 2022

Marching On: The Banned Book Series 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 & Nov. 15 via Zoom FREE & Open to Public After the 2022 pilgrimage to Montgomery’s Legacy Museum,…

The Banned Book Series – To Kill A Mocking Bird | Session 2 of 4

By Chalette Davis | October 24, 2022

Marching On: The Banned Book Series 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 & Nov. 15 via Zoom FREE & Open to Public After the 2022 pilgrimage to Montgomery’s Legacy Museum,…

Community Remembrance Project | Robert Johnson Marker Dedication

By Chalette Davis | July 25, 2022

Join the Tampa-Hillsborough Community Remembrance Project for this historical lynching marker ceremony. State Representative Fentrice Driskell, Tampa Councilman Luis Viera and other Remembrance Project members will join local leaders to…

H.O.PE. Listening Sessions

By Chalette Davis | July 18, 2022

11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 The Community Hall | The Portico FREE & Open to Public We need to hear your story so that we can change the community. 1.…

H.O.P.E. Listening Sessions

By Chalette Davis | July 18, 2022

10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 Hyde Park UMC FREE & Open to Public We need to hear your story so that we can change the community. 1. Affordable Housing. How…

Serve Day: Community Meal

By Chalette Davis | April 27, 2022

Noon Every Second Sunday The Community Hall FREE & Open to Public Immediately after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Gathering, our monthly meal with folks from the Sunday Gathering and anyone…

Florida Emancipation Day: A Family Reunion

By Chalette Davis | April 27, 2022

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21 2022 Chinsegut Hill Historic Site 22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd., Brooksville, FL On May 20, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was announced…