UUJF Achievements 2017

Kindra Muntz - Wednesday, November 15, 2017


UU Justice Florida Achievements 2017-- accomplished by our outstanding UUJF board members  ( with your help and support.  THANK YOU!

  • Sponsored our 2017 Annual UU Justice Florida Legislative Day in Tallahassee March 20-21. Our largest turnout ever!  42 people attended from 12 UU congregations in Florida. Jan Booher’s keynote address Monday night  entitled ”Who leads on climate change when Congress won’t?” presaged her expanding work on climate resilience in Florida. David Johnson presented bills to address based on the latest updates from the Legislative Tracker. Martha and John Hartgering did the honors as photographers. This annual event is an educational experience for people of all ages, and a great way to impact our State legislators on key bills.

  • Participated in the Third Annual Florida Interfaith Climate Action Assembly “Floridan: Water is Our Life” April 28-29 in Orlando, coordinated by the Florida Council of Churches and The Connection Partners. Jan Booher met with UU Climate Leaders from Naples, Clearwater, and Weeki Wachee. Martha Hartgering was photographer.  

    Participated in the workshop "Taking Action to Make Democracy Work" June 24 at General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans.  Kindra Muntz, author of the 2016-2020 Congregational Study Action Issue "The Corruption of Our Democracy"  was a panelist, along with Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, author of the Study Guide for the CSAI, attorney Dave Jones, and Brendan Orsinger.  Dr. Susan Goekler, Chair of the Commission on Social Witness, moderated.

  • Supported the “Rising Together” project as fiscal sponsor.  Jan and her husband Jeff Booher stepped off our board and continue as Co-chairs of our first Standing Committee of UU Justice Florida for their Climate Resilience Ministry as they expand their work for Rising Together.  See all the communities in Florida that are now involved in this statewide project, which could become a model for coastal communities nationwide. Jan received a FEMA Honorable Mention Community Preparedness Champions Award 2017 for the Rising Together projects in Naples and West Palm Beach.

    Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Jan also conducted a Community Health Mapping Initiative in the Shorecrest Community of Miami, the final report for which can be seen here.  This report is in support of the Shorecrest Community's claim for prioritizing funding from the $400,000,000 Miami Forever Bond).

  • Developed our SALSA data management system for targeted action alerts and more.  KUDOS to Board member David Johnson for his outstanding work on this system!  All our help is still needed to provide him our ZIP +4 zipcodes which identify our State Representatives. The four-digit extension on our zip codes will allow him to send specific action requests to those of us who can have the greatest impact on bills at critical moments in the process.



  • Also under the auspices of our UU Justice Florida Action Network, offered a system to UU congregations in Florida for targeted door-to-door petition-gathering for the Voting Restoration Amendment.  Thanks go to Brigham Johnson for this comprehensive plan. See his history of the modern-day Jim Crow voter suppression in Florida here. See Virginia's breakthrough in restoring voting rights here, and the 6-minute Samantha Bee video of why restoration of voting rights is so needed in Florida here. By all means, if you haven't yet signed the petition, please print it from the link here and mail it in by December 15. The League of Women Voters of Florida, ACLU and Florida Rights Restoration Coalition are dedicated to meeting the 1,000,000 petition goal by December 31 to put this on the ballot in 2018 for voters to decide. Brigham’s work can help UUs support that effort, and offers a unique opportunity for social justice outreach by UU congregations in Florida. See his information sheet here.


  • Launched a fund-raising campaign for hurricane relief for UU Congregations in Puerto Rico, St. John and St. Croix after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.  Steve Jens-Rochow, UUJF board member and Vice President of the Southeast Cluster led this campaign, which raised $4,359.00 that has been sent to the three congregations, apportioned based on their membership.  St. John and St. Croix have 25 and 27 members, and Puerto Rico has 10.


  • Modeled effective in-district meetings with staff members of State legislators. Gerald Goen of the UU Church of Tarpon Springs has been leading these meetings with his Minister and Social Justice Chair.  This is an example for all UUs to meet with our legislative staff members in our home districts, under the auspices of the UU Justice Florida Action Network. This is one of the best ways to build relationships that can be most helpful as we press for legislation and public policy for the public good.



  • Continued to develop interfaith and secular partnerships with such organizations as the Interfaith Climate Action Network, Florida League of Women Voters, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, UU Service Committee, UU Ministry for Earth, UUs for a Just Economic Community, the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign, UUs for Social Justice in Washington, the Coalition of UU State Action Networks (CUUSAN), Indivisible groups, Action Together Florida, Florida Move to Amend, and Florida Veterans for Common Sense.


  • Welcomed three new board members to UU Justice Florida: Steve Carter of Tallahassee, Brigham Johnson of Boca Raton, and Cate Wenzing of Vero Beach


  • Conducted monthly meetings via Zoom teleconference, led by Vice-President Rev. Bud Murphy— from Ludington, Michigan!--with Steve Jens-Rochow of Davie taking minutes.  Steve will relinquish Secretarial duties in March, 2018 after two years of dedicated service, after which Alice Primack will take over as Secretary.  Martha Hartgering continues as Treasurer. Thanks to all our talented, participating Board members!

  • Inspired 25 UU congregations out of 46 in Florida to become Congregational Contributors UU Justice Florida, or support us via Share-the-Plate, or both.  Honored Congregational supporters on our website here:

Devoted 100% of funds to activities to build statewide UU participation.  Thank you for your ongoing support.  We couldn't do it without you!  Please stay with us, encourage your congregation and your friends to join, and make your tax-deductible contributions to UU Justice Florida to help us face the challenging times ahead in 2018.
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