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November 2013: You Can Feel the UU Momentum for Justice

Dear Friends:

Our journeys to achieve justice and build community are all connected. While we can’t all focus our justice programs on the same priorities all at the same time, together we create a faithful movement for interdependent and intersectional justice. We hope that some of the campaigns and resources below are helpful to your multicultural justice ministries. Together we are gaining momentum and we are making a difference! Read how below.

In this issue:

  • Raising the Minimum Wage: A Moral Imperative
  • New! Raising the Minimum Wage Webinar
  • Become a Faithful Worker Justice Congregation
  • Joining Together for Compassionate Immigration Reform
  • Prophetic Generations: 50 Years of Reproductive Choice and Justice
  • Honor Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Learn How to Organize! CBCO Matching Grants
  • Sharing Project Survey Deadline Extended

In faith, Alex, Annette, Audra, Hanna, Janice, Jennifer, Jessica, Lesley, Susan, and Taquiena - UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness

Raising the Minimum Wage: A Moral Imperative

Momentum is building for the UUA/UUSC joint campaign to raise the minimum wage. Over 5,100 people have signed the joint call from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUSC President Rev. William Schulz: Raising the Minimum Wage: A Moral Imperative.  Add your name to join our advocacy for low-wage workers and their families.

New! “Raising the Minimum Wage—A Moral Imperative” Webinar

Kara Smith, UUSC, and Susan Leslie, UUA, held a webinar on Oct. 15th attended by 50 people.  Watch the two-part webinar recording (30 minutes total) to gain information on the movement to raise the minimum wage and UU grounding for this justice campaign. Learn how to build solidarity with low wage workers and find out how to get involved.

Become a Faithful Worker Justice Congregation

Interfaith Worker Justice, a network that the UUA is a member of, has a new Worker Justice Congregations program that creates partnerships between IWJ and congregations to pray for and honor workers, to help congregations be just employers and contractors, and to advocate for worker justice. Partner congregations will receive study materials, an ethical employer and contractor assessment guide, training opportunities, a monthly e-newsletter, responsible business discounts, and more!

Joining Together for Compassionate Immigration Reform

Last month 875 people answered UU minister Rev. Abhi Janamanchi’s call through Standing on the Side of Love to urge Speaker Boehner to ‘have a heart’ and bring an immigration reform bill to the House floor. Read Rev. Janamanchi’s story about his immigration journey and advocacy and sign the petition. We need to keep raising our voices for compassion and keeping immigrant families together. We CAN do it this legislative session.

Prophetic Generations: 50 Years of Reproductive Choice and Justice

On Sunday November 17, join in celebrating our Prophetic Generations and the 50-year anniversary of the UUA’s first statement on reproductive choice. Use the same sermon guide, multigenerational advocacy activity, hymn, children’s story, and/or benediction as many other congregations across the country. More resources and information at UUA.org/propheticgenerations

Honor Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20. All are invited to join the third annual virtual Transgender Day of Remembrance service hosted by Church of the Larger Fellowship in collaboration with Standing on the Side of Love and Multicultural Ministries, and for the first time in partnership with the transgender-led coalition TDOR Unite!

Held on Sunday, November 17th at 9:00pm ET, the theme for this powerful service is “Our Lives Are Valuable.” Click here for more information and for additional resources on this important day.

Learn How to Organize! CBCO Matching Grants

Congregation-Based Community Organizing Matching Grants from the UU Funding Program are available to congregations considering participating in a CBCO organization and/or to receive training. To apply, please see the CBCO Application Information and the CBCO Application. There are now almost 200 UU CBCO Congregations! CBCO Training grants are considered on a rolling application basis, while matching grants for CBCO membership will be considered with the regular UU Funding Program grant cycle.

Sharing Project Survey Deadline Extended

There’s still time to participate in the groundbreaking UUA Multicultural Ministries Sharing Project survey! The deadline has been extended to November 30 to particularly reach youth 13 and older, people of color, religious professionals, people living outside of the United States, and UU-identified folks who are not part of a congregation. Take the survey and spread the word!

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

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