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July 2013: Raising the Minimum Wage--A Moral Imperative, Energy for Change, and More

Dear Friends:

This issue of Just Act brings news of a new joint UUA & UUSC campaign launch for Raising the Minimum Wage--A Moral Imperative.  Please sign the statement from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUSC President Rev. Bill Schulz  to join our advocacy for low wage workers and their families.  It’s a moral imperative.

Also in this issue: Taking GA Interfaith Action Home—Tell the EPA We Need Energy for Change. Sign Standing on the Side of Love letter to incoming EPA Director Gina McCarthy letting her know we want to partner with the EPA for action on climate change and a just transition from fossil fuel extraction.

You’ll find more information and resources below to support your ministry for economic and environmental justice.  Lastly, get ready for the new church year with our UU 2013-2013 Social Justice Calendar! 


The UUA & UUSC have launched a joint campaign for raising the minimum wage. See the Joint Statement from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUSC President Rev. Bill Schulz 'Raising the Minimum Wage--A Moral Imperative.'  Please add your name to join our advocacy for low-wage workers and their families

We are partnering with Interfaith Worker Justice and the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would make the following vital advances:

  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015
  • Index the minimum wage to inflation
  • Anchor the minimum wage for tipped employees-currently an abominable $2.13 an hour-to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage

Three and a half million people of color would be lifted out of poverty if Congress raised the minimum wage to $10.10.  They would be the majority of the six million people overall who would be lifted out of poverty, according to a new report from the restaurant workers’ group ROC United. 

Learn more at the UUSC’s Behind the Kitchen Door campaign: Change the National Conversation about Restaurant Workers! 

Plan a Labor in the Pulpits Worship Service for this Labor Day Weekend with Interfaith Worker Justice Guide.


Taking GA Interfaith Action Home:  Tell the EPA We Need Energy for Change!

Thousands of UUs gathered at an  interfaith rally in Louisville for our public witness action at GA – Energy for Change: Interfaith Action for Clean Energy and Healthy Communities. UU activist Tim DeChristopher, Wendell Berry, KY & WV UU ministers, KY Interfaith Power & Light leaders, community activists and others, challenged us to pledge to take our actions home.  They called us to partner with the EPA for clean energy, healthy communities, and a just transition for those whose livelihoods depend on fossil fuel extraction.  We need strong limits on greenhouse gas pollution and immediate action to address climate change.

Please sign on to our letter to Gina McCarthy, incoming Director of the EPA, asking her to support a just transition away from fossil fuel extraction!

Learn about where your community’s energy comes from and what you can do at www.standingonthesideoflove.org/environmentaljustice/.

To see short video of the GA interfaith action go to: 'On banks of Ohio River, UUs rally for clean energy'.


UU Social Justice Calendar for 2013 - 2014

Plan your social justice calendar for the year. Whatever issue your congregation’s social justice ministry is focusing on, you can join in collective national advocacy with the UUA, Standing on the Side of Love, UU social justice organizations, other UU congregations, and community and national partners! As we get closer to the dates, go to www.uua.org/justice for worship resources, action campaigns, educational materials and more! Download the PDF or customizable Word doc.

In faith,

Alex, Audra, Jennifer, Jessica, Meredith, Susan, and Taquiena - UUA Witness Ministries Team  

See www.uua.org/justice for resources, organizing campaigns, stories, and more!


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