UU Justice Florida is strengthening our organization for JUSTICE.
Please join us as an individual member of UU Justice Florida and encourage your congregation to renew its membership or become a Congregational Member starting in January, 2017. Last year, 26 of the 46 UU congregations in Florida joined our network and helped press for public policy changes at the local, state and national level. http://www.uujusticefl.org/get-involved/contributors Together with partner organizations we blocked the fracking bill, defeated Amendment 1 on November 8, and fought for prison reform, justice for all, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, fair wages, and the overriding issue: ending corporate personhood and money as speech--not only overturning Citizens United but related Supreme Court rulings that have given BIG MONEY control over our elections, the media, and democracy in this country. Our voices are needed now more than ever.
The Women's March on Washington January 21, 2017 kicked off the new year with thousands of people marching in Washington and cities across the country and the world to stand in solidarity to protect women's rights, safety, health and families.
Big Moneyed interests now control all three branches of government at the federal level and many state governments as well. They are already working to suppress campaign finance reform efforts and suppress the voices of the people. Protection of voting rights, women's rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, Black lives, free speech for people, efforts to address climate change, and efforts for peace in our time, will be our challenge. The 2016-2020 Congregational Study Action Issue "The Corruption of Our Democracy" passed at the 2016 UUA General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, is a timely subject for our concern. Unfortunately, the overarching issue is corporate control of this country, made worse not only by Citizen's United but by the Supreme Court's gradually having given corporations constitutional rights that were intended only for human beings, and the Supreme Court's having equated money with free speech.
Now is the time for Unitarian Universalist congregations nationwide to explore the Study Guide for the 2016-2020 Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI), and see how best their congregations can implement it. The Study Guide brings in issues of a national conversation on race, ending gun violence, and climate change to show how all these are related to the issue of money in politics. Let's put our best efforts together as we work on these important concerns.
This is the CSAI: https://www.uua.org/statements/current/corruption-of-our-democracy/2016-2020-csai
This is the Study Guide, issued November 17: https://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/csai_democracy_study_guide_2016.pdf.pdf
Together, we can take action to end corruption in our democracy, as we work to correct other injustices we still face.
OVERVIEW OF OUR WORK
With your help, guided by the historic traditions and principles of our faith, and working with interfaith and secular partners, we take actions to promote a just and compassionate society, an improved global economy, and a sustainable earth, starting in Florida. Our core umbrella issues are updated every year, with input from our member congregations. For 2016-2017 they are Climate Change, Escalating Inequality, and Justice for All.
Rapid climate change including sea level rise is happening and must be addressed comprehensively before it is too late. UU Justice Florida currently is conducting a Climate Change Adaptation project called Rising Together http://reacttoolkit.net/ on both the East and West coasts of Florida, to gather data to prepare people in vulnerable communities to cope with climate change, and to impact our legislators to take needed action. Efforts to ensure a sustainable planet are critical, including the continuing effort to ban fracking in Florida.
Escalating inequality involves not only economic injustice, but mass incarceration, injustice to immigrants, sexual and gender injustice, and attacks on workers rights and voting rights.
Justice for All focuses on issues related to criminal justice reform, the school-to-prison pipeline, Black Lives Matter, and the gun violence that pervades our society.
PLEASE JOIN US using the form below. Together we can make a difference.
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Congregational Memberships are just $1.00 per voting member per year, updated each year to your congregation's latest membership level. Please include UU Justice Florida as a line item in your annual budget. We encourage all UU congregations in Florida to become part of our justice network. All congregations may have voting members at our Annual Meetings.
See our current list of congregational members here:
JOIN US (or make a SPECIAL DONATION) HERE, using this online form, or send a check by mail to the address on the right.
We realize that not everyone can be as active as they would like. By supporting UU Justice Florida, you allow others to work for justice on your behalf. Contribute securely online, or make checks payable to UU Justice Florida and mail them toUU Justice Florida
P.O. Box 18954
Sarasota, FL 34276
UU Justice Florida is a tax exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax- deductible.