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March 2014:  Wage Justice—It’s a Spiritual Practice!

Dear Friends:

Because of you, UU interfaith partnerships are growing with workers centers, day laborers, tomato pickers, migrant and voting rights organizers, and reproductive justice leaders in communities of color. Let’s continue to build our solidarity actions—from calling our representatives in the House this week to raise the minimum wage to joining our partners in their spring campaigns.  We’ve also got resources and training opportunities for you. 

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

In this issue:

  • Call for a House Vote to Increase the Minimum Wage
  • April 5 Day of Action: #2Million2Many
  • Voting Rights from North Carolina to your Home State
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers Now Is the Time Tour
  • Congregational Study/Action Issue Results Announced
  • Mama’s Day Resources
  • Multicultural Leadership School for Youth and Young Adults of Color
  • New UU College of Social Justice Programs 

Raising the Minimum Wage: A Moral Imperative—Call the House This Week!

Right now, leaders in the U.S. House are refusing to allow a vote on increasing the minimum wage even as a new poll shows that 73% of the U.S. public wants an increase. The UUA and UUSC are working with a broad interfaith coalition to raise the wage. 

On March 5 U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined Senator Barbara Boxer, famous "nun on the bus" Sister Simone Campbell, and Nyah Potts, a restaurant worker who shared her story about struggling to make ends meet while earning the minimum wage, at a press conference to urge Congress to vote on raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.  It would lift the wages of 15 million American women!  See the video here.

Please call 866-204-2557 (toll-free) to be connected to your representative, and proclaim: Raising the minimum wage is a moral imperative; workers deserve a vote and a raise! See our talking points and more.

April 5 Day of Action: #2Million2Many

Every day, more than 1,000 people are deported. In April, two million people will have been deported by the Obama Administration. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)’s #Not1More campaign is holding a national Day of Action on April 5 where groups across the country will tell the President that it’s been #2Million2Many. The Day of Action will correlate with the arrival of the two buses that are traveling the country on the Fast for Families Across America bus tour for immigration reform.

Visit the #Not1More website to find an April 5 action near you; add your own action to the map; get graphics to share; and download a toolkit with talking points, sample press advisories, and more.

Voting Rights Today: From North Carolina to Your Home State

The Mass Moral March on Raleigh, NC, for voting rights and more was an incredibly powerful experience for the more than 80,000 people there, including 1,500 UUs! Building on acts of solidarity in North Carolina, UUs are bringing the movement home and taking action on protecting voting rights. 

Get involved! Visit Standing on the Side of Love’s new resource page for ways you and your congregation can join this vital work.  Please "like" the Forward Together Facebook page and join our new UUs Forward Together Facebook group to connect with others.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Now Is the Time Tour

UU Ministry for Earthy and UU congregations are supporting the CIW Now Is the Time Tour, going on now (March 5–15)! The CIW is touring from Immokalee to Columbus, OH, to Lakeland, FL, calling on Wendy's and Publix to join the Fair Food Program. Join in solidarity by attending one of the tour’s events or taking action to pressure Wendy’s and Publix (click the links for great and easy ways to take action). 

Congregational Study/Action Results Announced

The Congregational Poll to determine the congregational study/action issues (CSAI) that will be voted on at General Assembly closed on Feb. 3. The following proposed CSAIs will be placed on the GA agenda for consideration this June: 

  • Escalating Inequality
  • Gun Violence: A Public Health Issue
  • Renewing and Securing Our American Democracy
  • Ending the War on Terror
  • Empowerment: Age and Ability Reconsidered

More information about the UUA’s social witness process is available here.

Mama's Day Resources

Are you interested in moving past the flowers and cards for Mother's Day? Mama's Day encourages us to consider the vast array of individuals we call our mamas, and calls on us to create the conditions so that families of all shapes can thrive. Visit the UUA’s Mama’s Day page for worship resources and more.

To learn more about Mama's Day (and Papa's Day!), join the next reproductive justice conference call on Wed., April 2 at 8 pm EST. We will discuss new ways to honor our loved ones and look forward to hearing about your experiences with reproductive justice! Register for the conference call and learn more about the reproductive justice advocacy community.

Register for the Multicultural Leadership School

The UUA’s Multicultural Leadership School is a special training designed for UU youth and young adults of color with the goal of equipping participants to be leaders in their UU congregation, district, or continental committee. From July 25–29 participants will have experiences that foster relationship building, racial/ethnic identity development, intercultural collaboration, and deepening of faith identity, led by experienced facilitators. The deadline to apply is May 15, sign up today or spread the word! 

Programs are Growing at the UUCSJ

The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is pleased to announce new 2014 programming opportunities, including summer youth justice trainings as well as young adult internships that aim to deepen engagement with social justice and offer hands-on work—20 placements with 14 grassroots organizations across the globe will be offered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of March 16. 

You can stay informed with the latest news and announcements from the UUCSJ by signing up to receive their email newsletter.

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

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