Social Justice Events
This page shows the social justice activities proposed, sponsored, or endorsed by the:
- Social Justice Council,
- Climate Action Team,
- Refugee and Immigrant Ministry,
- Pride Ministry, and
- Racial Justice Ministry
- What You Can Do About Coronavirus Right Now
From the New York Times: What You Can Do About Coronavirus RIght Now
You have an essential role to play in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. The good news is that small changes in personal behavior can buy time — slowing the outbreak, preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and reducing cases until scientists develop treatments and, eventually, a vaccine. Here’s some practical advice from doctors and public health experts to protect yourself and your community.
- Prevent Infection: Slow the outbreak by keeping yourself and others from getting sick.
- Prepare: Stock up on food responsibly and create a household plan.
- Stay Home: Stay at home to protect others, and use these strategies to keep life as normal as possible.
- Recover From Illness: What to do if you or a family member gets sick.
- Sign on to the People’s Bailout
The UUA has signed on to The People’s Bailout and the 5 Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus. We can develop a regenerative economy and protect and expand our democratic process as we protect each other. Act now! Please read and sign on and/or call Congress TODAY. [the People Bailout website will send your letter to the appropriate congress people when you fill in your information]The 5 Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus :1. Health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions
2. Economic relief must be provided directly to the people
3. Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives
4. Make a down payment on a regenerative economy while preventing future crises
5. Protect our democratic process while protecting each other
- Support Boise Farmers Market Vendors, hosted by BFM, Use the Local Food Locator
The BFM is in the process of creating a system to (hopefully) bring the Farmers Market to you, one way or another, in these coming weeks. Things will be a little different than usual but you will have access to many of your favorite vendors and fresh, local foods! In the meantime, please continue to support our vendors! Many of them have pop-ups, pick-ups, and delivery options available. To keep you informed, we’ve created the BFM Local Food Locator on our website. We are keeping it updated with what our vendors have available and where/when you can find them.
- Petition asking Congress to cancel student debt, hosted by Move On, sign here
The coronavirus pandemic is a health crisis unlike any we have ever seen before, and it is colliding with the economic crisis of this generation—student loan debt. Lost wages and medical costs will impact families across the U.S. for weeks, months, and years to come. Added to the persistent burden of student debt, this is a recipe for an economic disaster for millions of everyday people. Canceling student debt in response to the coronavirus crisis will help the 45 million people with student loans and stimulate the economy when it is needed most. It will allow borrowers to purchase the necessities their families depend on: food on their table, a roof over their head, and critical health care. Sign the petition asking Congress to cancel student debt.
- Statewide Medicaid Expansion enrollment drive, hosted by Reclaim Idaho, Volunteer
Reclaim Idaho is responding to the coronavirus pandemic with a clear plan of action: Organize a statewide Medicaid Expansion enrollment drive, led by local volunteer teams in every region of the state, with the goal of getting thousands of uninsured Idahoans enrolled in the new Medicaid Expansion program. To date, over 67,000 Idahoans have enrolled in Medicaid Expansion. But there are still at least 20,000 Idahoans who remain without healthcare coverage even though they are eligible to receive free coverage through Medicaid Expansion. Here’s our call to action: We need at least 50 people to click below and commit today to join our enrollment drive. Can you volunteer?
As soon as we receive commitments from 50 volunteers, we’ll reach out with guidance to help everyone get started.
- Ask Governor Little to Veto Anti-Trans & anti Affirmative Action Bills, 208-334-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do one or both of these things now and then share this with everybody you can. If you are in a position to get this out to your faith community, please do so. A church member contacted me this morning and said that she had just called the governor’s office. The person answering the phone told her “he was getting loads of calls against them. He said governor Little will sit down Saturday and Sunday to look at bills for veto or not.” Let’s increase this number!
- Call for the release of prisoners and detainees, from the Love Resists Team of the UUA
Take care of yourself and your loved ones. And as you are able, check out these resources from Love Resists and our partners – and join us in doing what we can to make this moment a transformative one towards a society where all people are valued and have their needs met.
- Take action NOW to call on ICE to release all immigrants from detention.
- Check out our new “Five Ways to Organize Locally to Get People Free & Reduce Risk of COVID-19 for People in Detention and Prisons” for sample letters and call scripts you can use to fight for the release of people from immigration detention and prisons, advocate for free phone and video calls to replace cancelled in-person visits, and more.
- Follow and support movement leadership that is shining the light for us to find the way – Prison Policy Initiative, Detention Watch Network, the Justice Collaborative, the National Bail Fund Network, and many others.
- Are you involved in immigrant justice solidarity organizing? Love Resists offers you these Resources on COVID-19 from the Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Skill-Share Network.
- Request an online ballot for the May 19th statewide primary, Request a ballot
Many people have been wondering how they can safely cast their vote this May. No need to worry any more. Just click the link above and know your voice can be heard across the State! Share this with your friends and colleagues across Ada County. We still don’t know if the SOS will mail absentee ballots to all registered voters. To add your voice of support to that effort, click here.
- How to #UUtheVote without leaving the house, from the UUA, UUtheVote
The UUtheVote team looked at our 50+ Ways to UU the Vote and suggest :
- Visit Vote Forward to send letters to unlikely or unregistered voters.
- Go to Reclaim Our Vote to make calls to voters who were purged from the rolls.
- Consider small group meetings instead of large gathering or gather online using zoom, google hangout, or slack.
- Set a date for your congregation to watch Suppressed: The Fight to Vote by Brave New Films or the movie Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook (available on some streaming services, including Amazon Prime) from each individuals home then hold a group conference call to debrief together.
- Call your legislator to advocate for paid sick leave and relief for affected workers—not a bail out for the fossil fuel industry. Call (202) 224-3121 to be connected.
- Spend the time to brainstorm who in your life to engage in values conversations with. Start making those calls and texts. See page 27 in our launch guide.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper with your opinion of how the pandemic is being handled and what you would like to see our elected leaders do.
- There are many ways to organize for justice during the pandemic and we are seeing a lot of creativity from on-line organizing. National, state and local organizations are working to get people released from incarceration and detention, to stop evictions, to get relief and food to people in need or unable to access relief programs and more. We have curated a few for you here:
- Mar. 26 – 31: Social Community Series, Hosted by US Climate Strike, RSVP
Social Community is a virtual live series focused on discussions, hangouts, and webinars led by youth leaders and adult allies across the country. In these times of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is a space intentionally developed for community, conversation, and collaboration.
- Mar. 29: Youth Voter Registration Workshop: How Your Congregation Can Work with Schools, 3 PM, RSVP now.
How have the League of Women Voters, the Youth Voter Movement and the Mission Peak UU Congregation registered almost 6,000 new young voters since the 2018/2019 school year? Find out about their model and how you can develop similar programs in your community. With the Youth Voter Movement website, they have the collaboration tools needed to organize successful civics education, voter registration events and Get Out the Vote rallies. Please join them as they share their collaborative model and look for ways to replicate (part of) it in your own communities.
- Mar. 30: Reclaim Idaho: Get Idaho Healthcare Statewide Conference Call, 6:30 PM, Join Zoom Meeting on your computer: https://zoom.us/j/476959831
We’re recruiting volunteers across the state who can help us make phone calls, send emails and text messages, and get the word out in their communities about the opportunity to enroll in the Medicaid Expansion campaign.
Here’s the thing: This is work that we can all do in the safety of our living rooms, without going out in public and putting ourselves and others in danger during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rather than hosting face-to-face events, we’ll be hosting phone calls and video-conference calls in order to share critical information and get organized for action.
On Monday at 6:30pm MT / 5:30pm PT, we’ll host a statewide conference call to share information about the Get Idaho Healthcare campaign, answer questions, and strategize for the weeks ahead. Will you join the call? Join Zoom Meeting on your computer: https://zoom.us/j/476959831
- Mar. 31: Close the Gap Legislative and COVID-19 Review Webinar, 1 – 2 PM, click to register.
Our webinar has shifted to be not only a legislative session review, but a review of the federal COVID-19 response packages and their impact on Idaho as well. We will provide an in depth breakdown of Medicaid expansion in Idaho and where it stands after the session, as well as detailed analysis of the new relief packages and their implications for Medicaid in Idaho. We hope that you will join us to review this important new information, and learn how you can still be a health care advocate in these trying times. Join us next Tuesday by clicking this link to register.
- Mar. 31: UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, UUYACJ Community Check-In: Theology of Place Discussion, 1 – 2 PM, Register in advance here.
Open to young adults (ages 18-35). Intergenerational discussions will be scheduled in the future. Register in advance here. Join the UUYACJ Network for an informal discussion about how theologies of place and spirituality inform our climate justice work. We’ll check in and reflect on our own relationships to place, land, history and resistance. Get inspired to make art for the Theologies of Place Zine, curated by the UUYACJ network! This discussion is open to young adults only (18-35); stay tuned for intergenerational discussions in the future!
- Apr. 1: Strengthen Local Climate Commitments Campaign Call, 6 PM, RSVP now.
The Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) campaign focuses on enhancing UU civic engagement in local climate transition planning. Who knew that 3 counties in Michigan have declared Climate Emergencies and that there are UU Congregations in each of those counties? How can we strengthen and unite our place-based climate justice efforts across the map? Join the monthly collaborations calls for Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC), facilitated by Doris Marlin, every first-Wednesday of the month at 8 pm Eastern. RSPV here and learn more about SLCC here.
- Apr. 2: Side with Love & Love Resists in These Times Webinar, 4:30 PM, RSVP now.
This webinar will offer the interconnectedness of spiritual sustenance and movement organizing as a means to live into the values and principles of Unitarian Universalism and work for justice and transformation. RSVP now. Speakers:
- UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
- Emma’s Revolution
- Side with Love Campaign Manager Everette Thompson
- Organizing Strategy Director Rev. Ashley Horan
- Dr. Charlene Sinclair of Black PAC & Intern Minister First UU Richmond
- A Detention Watch Network Organizer
- and UUs from across our black, brown, LGBTQ and justice networks.
- Apr. 5: BUUF C.A.T., 12 – 1:30 PM, online: https://zoom.us/j/7476402862
Contact Sharon Rockwood for more about the meeting
- Apr. 7: Webinar to #DefeatHate in 2020 with the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), 5 PM, RSVP now.
#UUtheVote has partnered with the National Equality Action Team (NEAT) to give you the opportunity to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in 2020. NEAT mobilizes hundreds of volunteers across the country via an online phone bank system to talk to voters in states from coast to coast about issues that advance LGBTQ+ justice. As we mobilize our efforts to #VoteLove in 2020, we are inviting you to join us to learn how your congregation can support LGBTQ+ justice campaigns, whether in your backyard or across the country…all from the comfort of your own couch!
- Apr. 7: Social Justice Council, 6 – 8 PM, online: https://zoom.us/j/7476402862
Contact Jim Bigelow for more about the meeting.
- Apr. 14: Create Climate Justice Intro Tour & Q&A, 5 – 6 PM, Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/529900948, Hosted by Unitarian Universalist Climate Action Network (UUCAN)
Get a live tour of the CreateClimateJustice.net (CCJnet) platform with CCJnet’s Outreach Specialist Diane Brooks. This is a great way to learn how to navigate and fully utilize the site. These calls will be held monthly, every 2nd-Tuesday at 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern.
- Apr. 16 – 18: UU-United Nations Office (UU-UNO) Intergenerational Spring Seminar: “All in for Climate Justice: People • Power • Planet”, Register at the UU-UNO’s Spring Seminar website
The UU-UNO and 2020 Planning Committee have made the decision to move this year’s Intergenerational Spring Seminar to a virtual event rather than an in-person one, due to the current threat posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Registration for the 2020 Spring Seminar will be free, with donations encouraged! Stay tuned for the updated schedule and new registration link on the UU-UNO’s Spring Seminar website!
- Apr. 16: Asylum Seeker Hosting Program meeting, 5:30 – 6:30 PM, on-line https://zoom.us/j/7476402862
Contact Cathy Sandstrom for more information
- Apr. 19: BUUF C.A.T., 12 – 1:30 PM, online: https://zoom.us/j/7476402862
Contact Sharon Rockwood for more about the meeting
- Apr. 22 – 24: Earth Day Live earthdaylive2020.org
From April 22 to 24, young people and adults will come together for a three-day live stream event focused on climate action. Earth Day Live is a 72-hour live stream and online mobilization that aims to engage people across the country and the world in collective action to protect their climate and communities. The live stream will include training sessions, performances, and appearances to keep people engaged, informed, and inspired, with speakers including celebrities, politicians, scientists, and youth activists.