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UUU Social Action Committee
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Contact Congress
Topic: For A Living Wage

Minimum Wage!

Go to the above link for more information on this and other UUCS Action Issues.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006
Social Action Related Services & Forums
Topic: Iraq Living Wage Climate

Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica
10 Higby Road
Utica, New York 13501
315-724-3179 phone & fax

Sunday, March 19, 2006 5:00 PM:
Counting the Dead: A Service of Memory for American Action in Iraq

Rev. Naomi King, Members of our Social Action Committee
Join together for an interfaith service of memory, sorrow, and reconciliation on this anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 10:30 AM:
UU Justice Sunday Social Action Committee

We have the power to help stop injustice in our world. This Sunday, our congregation will stand together with the Unitarian Univeralist Service Committee and Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country in support of workers’ rights. Around the world and in the United States, we are seeing the erosion of labor rights and of people’s ability to earn a living wage with dignity. The principles of Unitarian Universalism call upon us to work for justice in the face of such inequities. A special collection for the UUSC’s Justice Sunday programs will be taken.
Also at 10:30 Children's Religious Education
11:30 AM: Hospitality Hour
12:30 Forum on Global Warming

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Memo to SLUUD Activists
From Dick Gilbert, St Lawrence Unitarian Universalist District Advocacy Group

Action Alert from the UUA Washington Office for Advocacy


1) Action: Million Voices for Darfur Campaign
2) Informational Updates
A) Freedom to Marry Day this Sunday, February 12
B) Social Witness Process Deadlines Reminder
C) StopReligiousDiscrimination.Org

(1) Action: Million Voices for Darfur Campaign


The humanitarian disaster in Darfur has been going on for three years. Some 400,000 people have died, violence has forced more than two million from their homes, more than three million are starving. Despite evidence linking the Sudanese government to the Janjaweed militias responsible for much of the violence against Darfur's civilian population, that government continues to deny involvement and to allow the Janjaweed free rein.

The U.S. and the international community have done nothing to stop the bloodshed-even after 2004, when our government officially recognized what was happening in Darfur as genocide. The only international force authorized to operate in the region are a small number of troops fielded by the African Union, with neither the mandate nor the resources to top the killing-only to protect observers assigned to monitor a 2004 ceasefire that failed almost before it was signed. The Bush Administration actually cut U.S. aid to this force, although it has been reinstated in its 2006 budget request.

Can we do something to help end this humanitarian disaster? We can. The Save Darfur Coalition, of which the UUA is a member, has mounted the Million Voices for Darfur campaign. In cooperation with more than 150 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian aid organizations, the campaign hopes to deliver a million postcards to the White House and Congress, demanding a more effective U.S. response. We are asking first, for a restoration of and increase in funding for the small number of African Union forces charged with monitoring the 2004 ceasefire; and second, for the U.S. to support sending in a UN peacekeeping force, large enough and with sufficient authority to stop the killing.

Add your voice to those already calling for action by holding a "Save the People of Darfur" Sunday sometime in March or early April. We're hoping to collect 25,000 postcards from Unitarian Universalists before the Rally for Darfur in Washington, DC, on April 30 and May 1. Go to for more information on how your congregation can participate in the Million Voices for Darfur campaign!

Please read Rev. Bill Sinkford's letter on the Million Voices for Darfur campaign, access our list of lifespan religious education resources (including Danielle Sinkford's Story for All Ages), and view's past coverage on the Sudan crisis at

(2) Informational Updates

A) National Freedom to Marry Day, a project of the organization Freedom to Marry (, is this Sunday, February 12. Look for stories about UU activities on in the next few days. We'll also be rolling out a host of new advocacy materials for supporting marriage equality, including mobilizing opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment, will could see Congressional action in the next few months.

B) Social Witness Process Deadlines Reminder

Please remember that March 1, 2006 at 5:00 PM is the deadline for submitting these social witness materials:

1) Comment Form for the 2005 - 2007 Study/Action Issue (SAI), "Moral Values for a Pluralistic Society;"
2) Comment Form for the draft Statement of Conscience (SOC), "Threat of Global Warming;"
3) Sermons for the CSW/UUMA Social Witness Sermon Contest.

Submit sermons and comment forms by mail to: CSW, c/o Susan Leslie, Office of Congregational Advocacy, Unitarian Universalist Association, 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108, by fax to: 617-367-3237, or by email to:

Comment forms may also be submitted online. To find these forms, forms to download, and for more information on the SAI, draft SOC, and the sermon contest, visit the CSW web site at:

C) StopReligiousDiscrimination.Org You may remember from previous action alerts about the
reauthorization of Head Start that we face an uphill battle against the" faith based initiative" and the potential it presents for federally funded
religious discrimination. The UUA Washington Office is pleased to join with the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination in promoting the website http://www.StopReligiousDiscrimination.Org . If you are a member of the clergy or a religious leader, or if you are a social service provider or
professional, you can join the fight to protect freedom of religion and the First Amendment by signing an open letter to the president and
Congress, calling for them to oppose any attempts to allow religious discrimination in federally-funded programs. If you are not a minister or a social service provider, please help us spread the word! Talk to your minister and encourage them to sign; forward this message to colleagues who work in social services; send your own letter to your members of Congress; organize an in-district lobby visit with your Senators and Representatives; visit http://www.StopReligiousDiscrimination.Org to learn more.

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Sunday, September 25, 2005
Promote a Living Wage in the Gulf Rebuilding
Gulf Coast Laborers DESERVE a Living Wage - Help Reverse Bush Decision

President Bush's first official response to Hurricane Katrina was to suspend the Davis-Bacon Act which would have allowed laborers to be paid the prevailing wage, which in New Orleans is $10.40 per hour. Now, thanks to the President's suspension, contractors are free to hire workers at poverty wages.

With so many people desperately in need of work, and a systemic climate of poverty in the region, the President's action was simply wrong. Haven't the people suffered enough than to now allow contractors to come and pay paupers wages to the workers? Isn't this exactly the opposite of what we wish for our brothers and sisters?

We need to see that this decision is reversed.

Soon you will hear more about what FaithfulAmericans can do to create a climate of compassion, hope, and genuine justice for the victims of Katrina, and inevitably, the victims of Rita. But for now, we ask you take massive action on this one measure to compel Congress to reverse this unfortunate decision.

Your gifts, your prayers, and your actions on behalf of the victims and survivors do matter, both to their hearts and to their futures. More than $42,000 in relief has been sent to Church World Service by FaithfulAmericans for Katrina relief. Your prayers continue to sustain them. May your voice empower them now.
Please write to your members on Congress and ask that they demand that the President honor the Davis-Bacon Act and allow workers to be paid a living wage.

Send a letter to Congress urging President Bush to support living wages after Katrina
Go to

Visit the following links online:

* A Progressive Vision for Reconstructing the Gulf Coast (Center for American Progress)

* "Restoring the American Dream" - a speech by Senator John Edwards

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Monday, September 5, 2005
UUSC, UUA establish joint Gulf Coast hurricane relief effort
Topic: Contributions Welcome

UUSC, UUA establish joint Gulf Coast hurricane relief effort

How to Make a Donation to the UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund

Go to:

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee have established the UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. All funds received will be distributed under the auspices of the Southwest and Mid-South Districts and will be used entirely for hurricane relief.

Make an online, credit card donation through the UUA's secure website above.

Give stock and mutual fund shares.

Send checks payable to the
"UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund" to:
Larry Stritof
UUA Stewardship and Development
UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-2800

For tax purposes: The UUA is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization

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Katrina's Real Name
Topic: Global Warming

Katrina's Real Name

By Ross Gelbspan | August 30, 2005

THE HURRICANE that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.

When the year began with a two-foot snowfall in Los Angeles, the cause was global warming.

When 124-mile-an-hour winds shut down nuclear plants in Scandinavia and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the driver was global warming.

When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer, the reason was global

In July, when the worst drought on record triggered wildfires in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their lowest in 30 years, the
explanation was global warming.

When a lethal heat wave in Arizona kept temperatures above 110 degrees and killed more than 20 people in one week, the culprit was global warming.

And when the Indian city of Bombay (Mumbai) received 37 inches of rain in one day -- killing 1,000 people and disrupting the lives of 20 million
others -- the villain was global warming.

As the atmosphere warms, it generates longer droughts, more-intense downpours, more-frequent heat waves, and more-severe storms.

Although Katrina began as a relatively small hurricane that glanced off south Florida, it was supercharged with extraordinary intensity by the
relatively blistering sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico.

The consequences are as heartbreaking as they are terrifying.

Unfortunately, very few people in America know the real name of Hurricane Katrina because the coal and oil industries have spent millions of dollars
to keep the public in doubt about the issue.

The reason is simple: To allow the climate to stabilize requires humanity to cut its use of coal and oil by 70 percent. That, of course, threatens the survival of one of the largest commercial enterprises in history.

In 1995, public utility hearings in Minnesota found that the coal industry had paid more than $1 million to four scientists who were public dissenters on global warming.

And ExxonMobil has spent more than $13 million since 1998 on an anti-global warming public relations and lobbying campaign.

In 2000, big oil and big coal scored their biggest electoral victory yet when President George W. Bush was elected president -- and subsequently took
suggestions from the industry for his climate and energy policies.

As the pace of climate change accelerates, many researchers fear we have already entered a period of irreversible runaway climate change.

Against this background, the ignorance of the American public about global warming stands out as an indictment of the US media.

When the US press has bothered to cover the subject of global warming, it has focused almost exclusively on its political and diplomatic aspects and not on what the warming is doing to our agriculture, water supplies, plant
and animal life, public health, and weather.

For years, the fossil fuel industry has lobbied the media to accord the same weight to a handful of global warming skeptics that it accords the findings
of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- more than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries reporting to the United Nations.

Today, with the science having become even more robust -- and the impacts as visible as the megastorm that covered much of the Gulf of Mexico --the press bears a share of the guilt for our self-induced destruction with the oil and coal industries.

As a Bostonian, I am afraid that the coming winter will -- like last winter -- be unusually short and devastatingly severe. At the beginning of 2005, a
deadly ice storm knocked out power to thousands of people in New England and dropped a record-setting 42.2 inches of snow on Boston.

The conventional name of the month was January. Its real name is global warming.

Ross Gelbspan is author of ''The Heat Is On" and ''Boiling Point."
C Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

Wonderful and very important article. Thank you...and now my say:

If you are a realistic person, you know that some reporters and some ridiculed radio personalities [such as Art Bell, a liberal, of course] have released and offered to their readers and listeners this information for years. I am alone, I have no desire to move to the equatorial area of the Earth. My family likes to label me an hysteric when I address subjects like this.

These weather changes are cyclical and swift. We know this from the animals, humans and plants found preserved in the now melting ice fields at both the North and South Poles. I already keep the winter indoor heat at 62 degrees, which is very cold and very painful to us osteo-arthritics---especially on a windy day when the heat is just blown out of the house. In the summer, especially this one, I refuse to use air conditioners as my electric bills [provided by NStar aka ConEd] are now over $125. dollars a month.

My one luxury is a cool shower which I take frequently. My cost for oil this winter--compared to 1960 @ $125. a season--will be no doubt not be within my ability to pay. The car, the cheapest unleaded, is now $3.12 a gallon (today). I want to see my husband and mother in a nursing home more than once a week, but I have to plan carefully when to do this so I can combine food shopping and one of many medical appointments.

Speaking of medicine, I have no coverage for it; the Medicare plan is a farce with its $3,600. per annum deductible. I need to take 20 medications a day, including insulin, anti-pain and an anti-agoraphobic, just to stay alive.

Katrina's real name may be Global Warming to me it is KILLER, for surely I, and many, many other people will soon be dead. President Bush appears to have no interest in the future of the country or her citizens. Lots of luck everyone. Treasure your moments with your loved's September. With love, Carole Shore

Sent by Harold Glueck

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Tuesday, August 2, 2005








In very inclement weather, the event will be held in St Francis DeSales Church (Elm and Eagle Sts)

Sponsored by Pax Christi and
the Mohawk Valley Peace Coalition.

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Monday, May 30, 2005
Congratulations to Kate Oser!
Topic: Receives Honorary Degree

Congratulations to Kate Oser, who was awarded the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by Utica College at their annual commencement May 15, 2005.

Kate was recognized for her many years as a social activist.

Click on her name to read full article.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005
Take a Stand on Dafur
Topic: Contact Congress
At church on 5/22/2005, JoAnn had handouts on Dafur and sample letters to send to our US Senators, etc.

In case you were not there, or if you are high tech like & pressed for time like me, there are ways to contact your representatives via the internet.

Please note the links below and the text of the sample letter is at the end of this posting.

You can copy and paste this into a word processing document (that can be faxed or mailed), a web form of a representative, or an e-mail note.

Our social action pages have links to the US Senate, but the link below will bring you to them as well.

Feel free to reply if you have questions or suggestions regarding this issue.

Take A Stand Go to this link for links to more information.

UUSC: Send a Letter to the President Bush

U S Representatives Fax Phone and Web info:

Sample Letter to your Senator

(Copy and paste into an e-mail note, fax note or web form)

[Your contact information here]


[Your Senator’s contact information here]

Dear Senator [Your Senator’s last name here],

A human tragedy is unfolding in the Darfur region of Sudan. If you have not done so yet, I urge you to co-sponsor the Darfur Accountability Act of 2005 (S. 495).

Last summer, for the first time in its history, Congress called an ongoing conflict genocide and acted during the crisis, rather than after violence ceased. However, the U.S. and the international community are now procrastinating while crimes against humanity continue. The failure to sustain pressure on the government of Sudan is a death sentence for thousands of people in Darfur. Strong action by the Senate as prescribed by S. 495 will put the U.S. back on the right track.

S. 495 calls on the U.S. to support the expansion of the African peacekeeping force, to take legal actions against the government of Sudan and perpetrators of the crimes, and to insist that the Sudanese Government allow humanitarian workers and monitors in Darfur. Such actions are necessary in order to stop the violence and displacement.

The genocide in Rwanda ten years ago and the failure of the United States and the international community to prevent it must animate your conscientious action today. The U.S. promises of “never again” will be empty words on worthless paper if the nightmares of Rwanda, Srebrencia, Kampuchea, and the Holocaust are repeated in this century.

We commend Congress for its past work to prevent further killing in Sudan, but more must be done NOW to succeed. Genocides can be prevented. Failing to act effectively is unthinkable.


[Sign your name here]

[Print your name here]

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Thursday, May 5, 2005
Kent State Shooting, May 4, 1970
Now Playing: "Four Dead in Ohio" Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Topic: 35 years ago . . .
I just got back for Kent, Ohio. I tend to the do a pilgrimage to Kent State University every 5 years since 1990, to attend the commemorative ceremonies honoring the 4 students who were killed by the National Guard on May 4, 1970, following protests about the Viet Nam War, its expansion into Cambodia and the subsequent campus occupation by the Guard.

May 4 Task Force

This year, the key note speaker was Bill Schultz, Executive Director of Amnesty International. Bill Schultz is also a Unitarian Universalist Minister and former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

He reported that following the shooting, public assembly was banned by the City Council, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation was the only Church in Kent to hold a memorial service for the slain students.

I am not totally sure about this, but I think Reverend Schultz said he was either a ministerial intern or associate minister at the Kent UU Congregation at the time of these events.

There were many fine speakers, and a lot was said about carrying on the mission today, to bring peace and justice to the world. Bill Schultz said that fear leads to folly, but can be averted by the masses, when they seek to empathize and understand those who are oppressed. He cited examples.

I have added Amnesty International to the Social Action blog page, and have added this message as well, since I think it is relevant. There was an anti-war rally following the commemorative ceremony.

Bill Gazitano

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