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  • Why We Need Culture AND Policy Change Featured Article Why We Need Culture AND Policy Change Why We Need Culture AND Policy Change

    ...You may have already seen A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice from the Movement for Black Lives. Here is a little bit about the... More »

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Podcast Series Offers Spiritual Sustenance for Social Justice Leaders Last Updated on 2016-08-24 15:18:05 Movements for justice are expanding and shifting around us. We must take care of each other and ourselves in these times of resistance and backlash. In recent conversations mapping movement and how faith communities can be of use, organizer Elandria Williams used the language of political and spiritual ‘fortification’ as a key need of justice seekers, activists and spiritually-rooted organizers at this time. We are using this frame to help us name the kinds of work that folks across the country are so thirsty for. We’re asking questions like: · Why and how do people come into (and stay in) the work of social movements and justice work? · Where do movement leaders and activists find spiritual homes? · How can we can support resilience and rigor within movement? This fall we are thrilled to bring you fortification: an Aug. 30 through December... More »
Comparative Healthcare Systems: Online Workshop Series by Michael Teasdale Last Updated on 2016-08-24 00:32:13   Healthcare is the key element in the quality of life and a foundational right in civilized societies. Providing appropriate healthcare to all allows individuals to lead dignified and full lives. In the USA there has been a long debate about the cost, quality and access to healthcare. UUs, believing in the inherent value of every human being, need to be in the forefront of the struggle to ensure healthcare is available to all. In my presentations you will find how well the healthcare system in the United States compares with other developed economies. Often hailed as the "best healthcare system in the world," the presentations show not only that the USA system is more expensive but has serious issues in access to care as well as quality of care and service compared to other countries. Comparative data from the World Healthcare Organization (WHO) and Organization... More »
Why We Need Culture AND Policy Change Last Updated on 2016-08-23 02:03:08 ...You may have already seen A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice from the Movement for Black Lives. Here is a little bit about the "why" and "who" of this platform in their own words: “In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. We are a collective that centers and is rooted in Black communities, but we recognize we have a shared struggle with all oppressed people; collective liberation will be a product of all of our work.” Many people have been asking to see a policy platform from this movement from the first moment when "Black Lives... More »
Shoreline UUC Asked for Signatures for Initiative 873 - Reform State's Mental Excuse for Any Police Use of Force Last Updated on 2016-08-22 22:47:41 WASHINGTON HAS THE MOST EGREGIOUSLY PERMISSIVE AND DANGEROUS POLICE USE OF FORCE LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES. In Washington State, our laws on police use of force are written in such a way that it is virtually impossible for a law enforcement officer to be prosecuted for killing someone during performance of duties. It has never happened. Not because it’s never been warranted, but because it’s nearly impossible.   Washington law provides an officer with a defense against prosecution when a police officer acts “without malice and with a good faith belief that such act is justifiable.” Malice is defined in law as “evil intent.”  Since malice and bad faith are mental states, virtually the only way they can be established in cases of alleged excessive use of force is by statements by the officer in question. A Seattle... More »
Shoreline UUC invited to Oct. 1 Justice Summit in Port Townsend Last Updated on 2016-08-22 22:46:59   Registration is now open for Shoreline UUC social activists to attend the Sixth Annual NW UU Justice Summit Saturday, October 1, in Port Townsend at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. (Our Shoreline church is one of the sponsoring UU congregations.) The theme of this year's summit program is "Bridging the Divides: Faith, Party and Privilege."  It will be an exciting, engaging, informative, and energizing day in a handsome venue -- even if it may not exactly look like this article's cover picture.    You can register on-line here or at the door on Oct. 1 starting at 7:30 a.m.  Registration fees are self-determined donations, with the average cost being $25. Pay more or less, depending on your ability and your desire to support others' attendance. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Homestays and/or local... More »