UUJF March 2019 Newsletter
The following initiatives and efforts made February a breakthrough month for UUJF
- The Feb. 1-2 FL-iCAN Climate Conference in Orlando strengthened current relationships and created new ones with Community Activists, Environmental Advocates, Disaster Recovery Champions and Religious Progressives.
- UUs and members of Indivisible met with their Legislators’ staff members this month in local offices to introduce themselves and the UUJF Legislative Agenda.
- Members of several Indivisible groups signed up to receive Action Alerts and register for UUJF Legislative Days.
- The UUJF Climate Resilience Ministry is bringing Community and Climate Activists to Legislative Days on March 12 to meet with legislators and hold a press conference at the Capitol.
- The Tracker spreadsheet lists over 200 bills that relate to core issues on the Legislative Agenda with references to bill information, committee assignments, committee calendars and talking points.
- For the first time, targeted Action Alerts are being sent to constituents of committee chairs and committee members urging them to add UUJF supported bills to their committee agendas.
- Forty-eight participants have registered for Legislative Days including ten members of Indivisible and four community activists from the Climate Assembly.
- Thirty-four registrants have signed up for the 3-5 pm orientation which was added to our agenda at the request of participants from last year’s program.
March Calendar of Events
March 7, 2019 Thursday, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Orlando screening of The Yard, 60 minutes, followed by FilmMaker and Panel Discussion
First Unitarian Church of Orlando, 1901 East Robinson Street, Orlando
Description: A history professor in Memphis, Tennessee discovers that the parking lot of the church he attends in downtown Memphis was used as a slave yard belonging to a general in the Confederate Army. The Yard is a story of courage about facing truth.
Sponsored by the Truth and Justice Project of Orange County.
March 7 & 8: Jan Booher, Executive Director of the UUJF Climate Resilience Ministry, is working with the LEAD Coalition in Panama City on an EPA Environmental Justice Small Project Grant.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee
March 8 - March 10: Presentation and Workshop
March 9, Saturday 7:00 - 9:00 pm BUILDING BELOVED COMMUNITY - IN THE SPACE WHERE RACE, CLASS & ENVIRONMENT MEET
Jan Booher, Executive Director of UU Justice Florida’s Climate Resilience Ministry, will share experiences and insights from her work on the Frontlines of Climate Change in Florida.
March 11 - 12: UUJF - Legislative Days
UU Church of Tallahassee - Florida State Capitol
Attend events and ask questions. Attend Committee meetings. Bring friends. Register here.
Schedule an appointment with a staff person and talk about Legislative Agenda core Issues and specific bills as they affect you and your District.
If 34293 - 6829 is not your correct ZIP+4 address code, sign up for Action Alerts so you can communicate with your elected officials when they may be voting.
Don’t know your +4?? Find it here
Tallahassee - ReThink Energy Florida
March 12, Tuesday,6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Training, Location TBD
Free lodging is being hosted at the Florida’s People Advocacy Center. See the Registration Form for the available free and low-cost lodging options
March 13, Wednesday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm: Meet with your Legislators and staff. Registration closes March 4, 2019.
March 31, Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Introduction to Drawdown in Tampa, FL
Unity of Tampa, 3302 West Horatio Street, Tampa
Reverse Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown based on Paul Hawken’s book - Drawdown. #1 Best-Selling Environmental Book of 2017. Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.
For details: Douglas Bonar 727-482-4319, DouglasBonar108@gmail.com or
Cher Tanner 727-432-9494, PachamamaAlliance@Tampabay.rr.com
Suggested donation $15.00. No one will be turned away
Below is a photo of UUs for Social Justice delivering the hand written letters by UU of Miami for the Congressperson, Debbie Mucasel-Powell.
Organize letters from your District and our UU volunteers will deliver the letters and discuss the issue.
Join UUSJ’s Write Here! Write Now! (WHWN) February letter-writing campaign - “A New Congress -- New Opportunities for Social Justice Advocacy.” Here’s a flyer for UU Floridians with details.
February Social Justice events in UU Congregations
Clearwater UU Won’t Patronize Publix Resolution
The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater (UUC) unanimously approved a resolution presented by the Social Justice Council stating that no funds from UUC will be spent in any Publix store. The grocer has refused to come to the table with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and join the Fair Food Program for ten years now. Publix is headquartered in FL but won’t pay a penny-per-pound premium on tomatoes that gets passed down the supply chain to the workers, who are paid by the growers who employ them. UUC also wrote to the CEO of Publix, informing him of the resolution and the reasons for it.
The UUC Social Justice Council encourages other UU congregations in Florida to do the same and refuse to spend their congregation’s money at Publix. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the resolution and letter emailed to you. It is past time for Publix to join the Fair Food Program!
UU Fellowship of Vero Beach
About 50 people showed up for the BUILD BRIDGES NOT WALLS RALLY - Make America Welcoming Again in downtown Vero Beach on Feb. 12.
Now is the time for America to build bridges! Bridges to our allies, friends, and business partners around the globe…Bridges (and roads) here at home to replace our crumbling infrastructure...and Bridges between all in the human family, regardless of color of skin or nuance of culture. Rally in support of a strong, open, diverse and hospitable America.
Orlando - Climate Impact & Environmental Inequity: Toward Justice for All Assembly
The Florida Interfaith Climate Actions Network (FL-iCAN) advanced its message and actions at the Climate Impact & Environmental Inequity: Toward Justice for All Assembly on February 1 and 2 in Parramore, an threatened community of Orlando. More than 80 people attended.
Representatives of groups working with FL-iCAN discussed their communities’ issues and solutions with each other and Assembly participants. Re-occurring issues were unhealthy water in homes and nature, soil and air contamination, agricultural burning and chemical use, flooding concerns, hurricane vulnerability, gentrification and river headwaters neglect.
Jan Booher, Executive Director of the UUJF Climate Resilience Ministry, is taking the message of Hope and Action statewide and beyond. Building Beloved Community-in the Space where Race, Class & Environment Meet is the message that she and community leaders are sharing as they move forward.
Click this link for Climate Assembly photos.
Send news of your congregations’ past Social Justice events and calendar of future events to email@example.com before the March 20 deadline for the April newsletter.
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