The Northwest UU Justice Network is a growing group of Unitarian Universalists (UUs) and like-minded justice allies who are working to build a more just and sustainable world. We "do more, more easily and to greater effect" by working together.
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Our hearts have been broken by the recent wave of violence toward African Americans. With the murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, SC and...
10-Year Anniversary of Palestine's 2005 Call for Boycott & Divestment CampaignsLast Updated on 2015-07-26 18:08:54This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the Palestinian call to the international community for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to end Israel’s decades long occupation of Palestine.
The world has responded to that call: global grassroots groups have pushed for boycott of products made in the illegal settlements, for divestment from companies profiting from the occupation, and for national and international bodies to hold Israel accountable for its actions.
This grassroots non-violent movement is bearing fruit: BDS has cost companies and supporters of the occupation billions in lost contracts. Just as important, it’s changing the political conversation in faith communities — as well as in boardrooms and on college campuses.
Last month, our co-religionists at the United Church of Christ voted by an 80% margin at their General Synod to divest from the... More »
What UUs Can Do: Show UP to Help Them Warrior UPLast Updated on 2015-07-24 04:52:11“UUs will support local actions such as the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal on sacred lands.” - Action of Immediate Witness, UUA General Assembly 2015. This year’s General Assembly’s Public Witness event also featured the Lummi Nation. (Watch it here: http://www.uuworld.org/ga).
Why are the Lummi attracting so much attention? Lummi Nation is key to preventing ignition of the fuse to what Dr. James Hansen calls a “climate bomb”. The proposed Cherry Point coal facility would do more than contribute to global warming and ocean acidification but, also via coal dust, effect people with respiratory diseases like asthma and COPD and would increase contamination of the Columbia river and Puget Sound with arsenic, mercury and other toxins. Each coal train looses a carload of coal dust en route. The proposed site is also a... More »
Petition to Governor from the Kids (two sang at GA) Who Sued for Stronger Pollution ControlLast Updated on 2015-07-23 23:56:10Hello,
Some of you know that I arranged for two ecological warrior brothers to sing at the public witness to support the Lummi Nation's fight to protect Cherry Point. These two brothers - Aji and Adonis - were among that group of eight kids, ages 10 to 14, who successful sued the Department of Ecology. I just signed their petition. Please do so too and invite others.
Eight youth plaintiffs just won a precedent-setting court victory in Foster et. al. v. Washington Department of Ecology. The Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm, represented the youth who filed their petition in collaboration with Our Children's Trust, a nonprofit leading a global legal campaign for a healthy atmosphere and stable climate. In a landmark decision, the King County Superior Court ordered the Washington Department of Ecology to reconsider their decision denying the... More »
Need Volunteers for Carbon Tax Initiative (I-732) at NW Solar Fest on Sat., July 25Last Updated on 2015-07-22 19:49:36CarbonWA will be tabling for the Carbon Tax Initiative (I-732) at the Northwest Solar Fest at Shoreline Community College this Saturday, July 25. Volunteers are needed for an hour or two to sit at the table under the CarbonWA tent and explain the proposal and collect signatures. It's going to be a big, fun, informative event and obviously a prime opportunity for getting signatures to get the Carbon Tax on the ballot.
If you need more information about the I-732 Carbon Tax initiative in order to feel prepared to explain it, check out the carbonwa.org website, especially the information links under the "Our Proposal" tab. To volunteer and to get the details on exactly where and when, contact Bob Beekman (206-527-7340, firstname.lastname@example.org) at Shoreline UUC's Social Action Ministry or -- even better -- contact CarbonWA's regional... More »
Shoreline UUC Social Action Ministry Priorities, Projects, and PeopleLast Updated on 2015-07-21 02:17:48Currently, the Shoreline UUC Social Action Ministry has these top priorities for addressing systemic social justice issues:
To reduce economic inequality, especially by reforming WA’s regressive tax system, securing living wages and protections from unjust treatment for all workers, mending the shredded social safety net, and investing in the common good.
To eliminate the undue influence of concentrated financial power on elections and government policy, by working to counter recent Supreme Court decisions, including Citizens United and McCutcheon.
To establish environmental/green justice policies while ensuring that their economic burdens do not fall on those least able to bear them. In particular, we will work for a state carbon emission reduction charge or for a carbon tax, with tax breaks or rebates to offset their... More »
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