“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength. We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.” – Cesar Chavez

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations has identified four top social justice priorities. They are listed below along with an update* from the Advocacy and Witness division of the UUA.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

January through March is the expected timeframe for intensive action. Consider attending the immigration-focused UUA-sponsored Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference in Washnigton D.C. March 19-22.

Environmental Justice:

Climate legislation is not expected to reach the Senate floor until mid-February. Stay tuned.

Equal Rights for BGLT:

Action for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is expected throughout the Spring. Please encourage clergy you know to sign the religious leader letter at goldenruleatwork.org.

Reproductive Justice with a Focus on Sexuality Education:

We will continue to oppose any Stupak-like language in the health-care reform bill that restricts reproductive freedom. As circumstances allow, we will shift our attention to passing the Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act, which would authorize federal funding for comprehensive, medically acurate, and evidence-based sexuality education curricula in public schools.

* From the January 2010 Advocacy & Witness News.

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