THE E-NEWSLETTER OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SERVICE COMMITTEE
Yesterday the Trump administration pulled out of the Paris Climate agreement, demonstrating a void of leadership on issues important to so many—climate change, economic justice, and human rights overall. Just this week a cyclone in western Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh displaced over 500,000 people. As we enter into hurricane season, this disaster is a chilling reminder that the global community must jointly and proactively address rising sea levels, coastal erosion, melting glaciers, and natural disasters.
This month, UUSC has traversed the country in pursuit of justice. Staff traveled to the Wendy’s shareholder meeting in Ohio to support workers’ rights, spoke truth to power about climate change at the United Nations, and testifying and rallying at the Massachusetts State House right here in Boston in support of inclusive communities and immigrant rights. Below, you will find updates about these actions and more.
UUSC and our partners are working to create safer, more welcoming communities for all. We look forward to joining many of you in New Orleans for the UUA General Assembly later this month to celebrate our collective progress and find new ways forward. GA will also be a chance for our community to learn from experts on issues including climate justice and criminalization, as well as offer the opportunity to connect more deeply with Love Resists. Together we’ll bear witness to the power of resistance and resilience in a city that has much to teach us.
UUSC & UUCSJ AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY
UUSC workshops at GA this year will focus on climate justice, the importance of our “eye-to-eye” partnership model of social change, the global refugee crisis and the criminalization of immigrant communities, and more. The UU College of Social Justice will also host two Activate workshops in the Youth Caucus space, providing an interactive social justice education and opportunity to make a deeper connection with other youth at GA. Find our full list of events at uusc.org/ga.
Please be sure to mark your calendars for the UUSC Awards Gala on Saturday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. UUSC President & CEO Tom Andrews will be joined by the recipient of the 2017 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights Leadership.
Don’t forget to stop by The Good Buy booth to purchase great fair trade gifts for friends & family— keep an eye out for redlined sale items up to 50% off!
NEWS & UPDATES
EXTENDING TPS FOR HAITIANS IN THE UNITED STATES
Since the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haitians living in the United States have held Temporary Protected Status (TPS), shielding them from deportation to unsafe and deadly conditions. In a callous move, the Trump administration has threatened to end the program and deport nearly 58,000 to a country that is still recovering. Sustained advocacy from the Haitian community, labor movement, faith community, and other allies, including UUSC, won an insufficient six-month extension of the program.
We are now gearing up for another hard-fought campaign for more lasting relief. UUSC’s new partners under Love Resists, the UndocuBlack Network, are leading national advocacy efforts to win a long-term extension of TPS and to expose the Trump administration’s unlawful process of making TPS determinations.
Associate for Economic Justice Philip Hamilton joined our partners, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), in Columbus, Ohio to amplify the call for the fast-food giant to sign on to the Fair Food Program from within the Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting. Over 25 allies were present at the meeting, accounting for over half of all the shareholders in the room. Outside the meeting, 60 allied-organizations rallied to urge Wendy’s to support workers’ rights and economic justice.
Thousands of UUSC supporters have joined us in this action over the past year, signing petitions and boycotting the chain until they agree to fair pay and working conditions. Wendy’s remains the last U.S. fast food chain to sign on to the Fair Food Program–we won’t let up pressure or end our support of the boycott until they do!
During May, Senior Program Leader for Environmental Justice and Climate Action Salote Soqo presented at a side event of the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as well as the Second Informal Thematic Consultation for the Global Compact on Migration. At both events, Soqo spoke to the needs of the nearly one million people likely to be driven from their homes by coastal erosion and rising sea levels.
Soqo emphasized that it is not climate change itself, but an unjust distribution of power and resources that makes these ecological changes so destructive. She affirmed that the solutions must come from the leadership of the affected peoples themselves and that for many, displacement is already a foregone conclusion – the world can either address this emerging refugee crisis now, or will need to react after the chance for proactive solutions has passed.
CELEBRATE #PRIDE & CATCH UP ON THE BLOG!
LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated each June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. While UUSC supports activism on LGBTQ issues all year long, this month we’ll do more to lift up stories and celebrate the struggle for dignity and equality. Click the image and add your own message to join the conversation on Twitter!
Here are a few of our favorite blogs from the past month. Click to read and make sure to share online.
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