WA UU Voices for Justice

Shoreline UUC Participates in WA UU Voices Annual Priority Setting

 

More than 80 UU's at 18 congregations across Washington state joined by video conference on November 8 to select the 2016 legislative advocacy priorities for WA UU Voices for Justice. This was the second year video conferencing was used to increase statewide participation in the WA UU Voices annual legislative priorities meeting.

Four members of Shoreline UUC's Social Action Ministry participated in the on-line meeting from SUUC's Conference Room -- Bob Beekman, Sharon Greenman, Laura McCarty, and Bill Roach.

Here are the results of the virtual conference's priority discussion and selection:

Top Tier Priorities:

  1. I-732 - Initiative to the Legislature to establish a carbon tax with revenues used to reduce state sales tax and to fund a Working Families Rebate (based on Federal Income Tax) in WA.
  2. Criminal justice reforms/parole/sentencing/legal financial obligations.
  3. Tax Reform, support establishing a capital gains tax /income tax.

Second Tier Priorities:

  1. Tie - Coal and oil transport safety.  Abolition of the death penalty.
  2. Increasing the state minimum wage.
  3. Full funding for basic education (K-12).


WA UU Voices will publish a 2016 lobbying brochure within weeks, reflecting these priorities. However, all interested UUs should begin acting now to influence their legislators:

  • Share the WA UU Voices 2016 priorities with your legislator now. Don't wait for the session to begin on January 11, 2016.
  • Legislators react to personal stories. Please share your stories relating to these priorities with your legislators and with WA UU Voices.
  • Plan how your local congregational justice ministry can reflects and act on these priorities.

It's easy to communicate your priorities and interests to your legislators.  You don't have to know their names or even what state legislative district (LD) you are in.  Just call the legislature's HOTLINE at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 1-800-635-9993). Callers to the Hotline can leave a brief message for their district legislators or for the Governor or Lt. Governor on issues of concern or on questions they may have about bills or laws. These messages are forwarded electronically to the offices of the appropriate individuals. When leaving a message with the Hotline, please be prepared to give your name and street address.  (The hotline system figures out your legislative district and your legislators from your address.)

You can also keep track of what's happening in the legislative session with the WA UU Voices priorities on the Voices web site ( http://uuvoiceswa.nationbuilder.com ) or even sign up for e-mailed legislative action alerts ( http://uuvoiceswa.nationbuilder.com/action_alerts?page=1 ).  Mobilized individual citizen advocates are powerful "voices for justice."

 

 

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Citation

Beekman, R. (2015). Shoreline UUC Participates in WA UU Voices Annual Priority Setting. Retrieved from http://www.nwuujn.org/view/news/566238520cf25fb7d8c3a0ac

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