Justice at Shoreline UU Church

WE ARE THE SOCIAL ACTION MINISTRY OF SHORELINE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH !

OUR PURPOSE is to help our congregation to express our UU values in action by identifying, developing, and communicating opportunities to assist those in need and to influence public policy and social practice for a more just, compassionate, and co-operative world.

OUR VALUES are expressed in words in the Seven Principles affirmed by Unitarian Universalists (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles).

SIX KINDS OF ACTIVITIES are used -- and honored -- as ways to express our values in action: charitable giving, volunteer service, education and research, advocacy in the political process, public witness and direct action, and networking and organization.

SEVEN ISSUE AREAS focus these activities, with particular issue priorities and projects selected yearly:

  • Economic Justice
  • Emergency Relief and Preparedness
  • Government and Democracy
  • Green Justice (including Climate Change)
  • Human rights and Tolerance
  • International Peace & Justice
  • Public Safety and Criminal Justice

OUR CURRENT ISSUE PRIORITIES AND PROJECTS within these areas (with ministry meeting and contact information) are described on our Priorities, Projects, and People page.

Recently Updated
Justice at Shoreline: Priorities, Projects, People Last Updated on 2017-03-23 01:51:51   Shoreline UUC's Social Action Ministry (SAM) currently has four top priorities for addressing systemic social justice issues: To reduce economic inequality, especially by working to reform WA’s regressive state tax system, to secure living wages and protections from unjust treatment for all workers, to mend the shredded social safety net, and to invest in and to protect the common good. To work to establish environmental/green justice policies while preventing their economic burdens from falling on those least able to bear them. In particular, we will work for a carbon tax or for a state carbon emission reduction charge, with selective tax breaks or rebates to offset regressive tax effects. To promote not only fairness, tolerance, and respect, but active understanding, patience, and kindness for all, against all forms of oppressive bias -- including those based on... More »
Wash. State Senate Budget Released - Advocacy Needed Last Updated on 2017-03-23 01:49:53   "Our state budget is a moral document that reflects our values and priorities for state government. Faith Action Network (FAN) supports investments that meet our commitments to fulfill the McCleary decision AND strengthen our safety net programs for the poor and vulnerable." -Rev. Paul Benz, Co-Director, FAN. Yesterday, the Senate Republican Majority Coalition Caucus released their budget (SB 5048). The public hearing on the bill took place in the Committee on Ways & Means, and FAN was one of close to 200 who testified. Most testified in opposition, while Tim Eyman and a few others supported it. Senate leadership plans to bring this to the floor of the Senate for debate and vote on Thursday. With 25 votes, it will be approved and then it will be the House Democrat’s turn. It is expected they will release their budget on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Some... More »
#BlackLivesMatter - April 15 March in Seattle Last Updated on 2017-03-22 21:00:07     APR15   BlackLivesMatter -March On Seattle 2.0 Going Share Public · Hosted by Black Freedom Front -Seattle     clock   Saturday, April 15,  2 - 6 p.m.   pin     Westlake Park 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101 #BlackLivesMatter - March On Seattle 2.0 We are living in a tax system that does not value people of color and black people and apparently America does not have equal taxation with representation.  Also,apparently rich people like Donald Trump don't pay taxes. So it's time... More »
WA Bills Being Heard Week 11 from Faith Action Network Last Updated on 2017-03-22 20:48:01 HB 1646 - Fitzgibbons is a tax on carbon emissions in our state. Thanks to the Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy, which FAN is a part of, last Wednesday's public hearing in the House Committee on the Environment had an amazing turnout. Unfortunately, this bill will probably not move out of committee. There is a remote chance that it might play a part... More »
Shoreline UUC Social Action Ministry Meets Saturday, April 8 Last Updated on 2017-03-22 16:31:57   The SUUC Social Action Ministry (SAM) meets Saturday, April 8, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., in the Church Conference Room (note: not Chrysalis). Attend this meeting to engage with fulfilling current projects and to plan important SUUC social and environmental justice activities in these challenging times. We organize volunteer service, major donation campaigns, legislative advocacy, adult education on social and environmental issues, public witness and protest actions. Please contact SAM Co-chairs Jean Berolzheimer or Mark Smith if you have any questions -- or any suggestions for the SAM to consider at this meeting.     More »