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Voting Rights Session Report from the 2017 Summit Last Updated on 2017-10-19 20:34:59 2017 Breakout on Voting Rights Facilitator: Dave Speights                     Reporter: Nancy Johnson   Participants introduced themselves and described their interest and level of involvement in voting rights issues. Discussion regarding concerns followed: 1. Voter suppression Concerns regarding under-representation of low-income, homeless, and felons who have paid their debt to society. These people are assumed to vote primarily Democratic; thus it benefits Republicans to ignore these problems. A federal court recently ruled that Yakima, Washington's voting system discriminated against Latinos: https://www.aclu.org/news/federal-court-rules-yakimas-voting-system-violates-voting-rights-act . 2. Gerrymandering Proportional representation (see... More »
Tax Reform – Session Report – 2017 Summit Last Updated on 2017-10-19 14:41:46 2017 Breakout on Tax Reform Facilitator: Bob Beekman                Reporter: Zelda Foxall This session included discussion on both tax reform issues at a national level and at the state level. At the beginning of the session participants were surveyed on their interest and/or knowledge of tax reform in general. Their level of knowledge ranged from: Quite knowledgeable and served as a resource; Reasonable to moderate knowledge about tax reform; and Limited knowledge The group’s interest as it pertained to tax reform included regressive taxes, earned income tax credit (EITC) and fairer taxes. Discussion on the national tax reform included fake tax reform, i.e., repatriation of foreign assets, and real tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. The tax plan proposed by Republicans in the Congress and Trump is vague. However it is clear... More »
Exhibitors at the 2017 Summit Last Updated on 2017-10-19 14:39:23 Sixteen justice organizations and groups brought resources to share for the 2017 Justice Summit's modest Exhibit Hall/Counter.  Learn more about them below.  Want to be an exhibitor at the 2018 summit? Click here. Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy Backbone Campaign De-Escalate Washington Disability Rights Washington Faith Action Network First / American Indian Solidarity Teams Northwest UU Justice Network Right Relations Olympia RISE Protect Apache Oak Flat Taming Big Foot Programs UU Congregation of Whidbey Island Social Justice  Council Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Washington Badass Teachers Association Washington UU Voices for Justice Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community           More »
Online Advocacy Training Oct. 22 from Oregon UU Voices for Justice Last Updated on 2017-10-19 14:38:20 Join the Oregon UU Voices for Justice Legislative Focus Team (LiFT) ! The first of our advocacy training sessions begins this SUNDAY! Learn the secrets of legislative advocacy. Chris Vogel, our trainer, is a UU from Salem and a board member for Oregon UU Voices for Justice. She is an expert on the legislature. This will provide you with very strong grounding on working with the legislature. Open to ALL! Sunday, Oct. 22 6-7:30 p.m. Connection Information: Zoom video conferencing link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/4249969892 Phone number: +1 408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 424 996 9892 The easiest and best way to participate is with your computer or Ipad, however if you have a slow connection call in by phone. With a phone connection and the links in this document -- you can follow along. Hope to see you on Sunday!     More »
Beacon Press Offers Resources to Dismantle White Supremacy and Violence Last Updated on 2017-10-18 22:01:58 The events in Charlottesville, Virginia are a frightening and disheartening reminder of how hate and intolerance in the US resurface when bigots feel empowered to act on their prejudice. Cornel West described the rally that took place on Aug. 12 as “the biggest gathering of a hate-driven right wing in the history of this country in the last 30 to 35 years.” Watching the violence unfold left us feeling sorrowful and horrified. We at Beacon Press believe in promoting anti-racism, religious pluralism, and respect for diversity in all areas of life. We work to lift up the voices that speak to urgent social issues. In today’s politically fraught climate, we find ourselves face-to-face with these issues, which is why Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II has rightfully declared that,... More »