Economic Justice Ministry

Service, Education, Witness, Advocacy, and Justice opportunities at UUCA

Monday Meal Service - We are now serving lunch at 1pm on Mondays at La Palma Park, depending on the weather and the number of people there. Please see Phoebe if you wish to volunteer or donate through the UUCA lunch collection. Half of those funds support our food sharing services.

2nd Sunday Share the Plate - Once a month we split the offertory 50/50, excluding pledges or other specifically earmarked funds, with a non profit. 

Economic Justice sermon - On the 2nd Sunday of each month we will hear from a speaker on an Economic Justice related topic: 
  • April 14 - tbd
  • May 12 - tbd
  • June 9 - tbd
  • July 14 - tbd
  • August 11 - tbd
  • September 8 - tbd
  • October 13 - tbd
  • November 10 - tbd
  • December 8 - tbd
Sunday sermon action items - Please follow up on these action items suggested by previous speakers at our EJM Sunday services:
  • CareerWise - In January we heard from Kathey Schuster, founder of CareerWise. Volunteer to help people experiencing homelessness with resume development and job interviewing skills. Training provided! See Gerri if you're interested.
  • ACLU SoCal - In February we heard from Eve Garrow about the conditions in Orange County emergency shelters. The report, This Place Is Slowly Killing Me, detailing abuse and neglect in Orange County emergency shelters has been sent to the California Attorney General, California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the ACLU SoCal has requested independent investigations by these state-level enforcement agencies. You can stand with our neighbors experiencing homelessness to demand that the Board of Supervisors adopt the ACLU SoCal's recommendations, which, if followed, will protect the human and civil rights of people experiencing homelessness. Sign the petition here.
  • NUHW - In March we heard from the National Union of Healthcare Workers about the fight to achieve mental health parity with their "Kaiser, Don't Deny" campaign. NUHW will have a table on Saturday, March 23, at the Great American Write In with a petition letter for you to sign. You can also visit the NUHW website (above) to learn more, and, if you are comfortable doing so, share your patient story. If you're a Kaiser member and you would like to urge Kaiser to adopt NUHW's recommendations to achieve mental health parity, you can call member services at 800-464-4000. 
Monday Night Meetings - UUCA supports several homelessness and economic justice advocacy groups by providing a meeting space: 
  • The Anaheim Poverty Task Force advocated for the creation of Orange County's 1st year round shelter & multi service center, Bridges at Kraemer Place. They are now advocating for county funding for enough permanent supportive & affordable housing to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness. The APTF is an interfaith group supported by Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO). The APTF also coordinated meals & other services at the La Palma Check In Center (now closed.) 
  • The People's Homeless Task Force, which meets from 6-7pm on the Monday before each Anaheim City Council meeting, is a group of Anaheim residents concerned about the dramatic increase of people experiencing homelessness. They are advocating not only for permanent supportive & affordable housing as a long term solution, but also for short term basic services such as potable water, sanitation, and a safe place to sleep for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Housing is a Human Right OC (HHROC), which meets most Monday from 7-8:30pm, is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to achieve supportive, affordable, and permanent housing for homeless individuals in Orange County.  
  • Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Join their meetings every 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm.
Come join us on Tuesdays (schedules vary) at either the Anaheim City Council meetings (5pm, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.) or the Orange County Board of Supervisors (9:30am, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana) as we advocate for meaningful change. You can speak during public comments if you'd like, or just show up in your yellow Side with Love t-shirt, available at the UUA bookstore

United to End Homelessness's overall goal is to end homelessness in Orange County. Key to achieving this is implementing the recommendations laid out in the groundbreaking 2017 UCI Homelessness Cost study. To that end, United to End Homelessness will:
  • Rally our community in support of a permanent supportive housing solution for chronically homeless individuals.
  • Identify homes for our chronically homeless neighbors in need through accessing existing rental units and by working with our partners to support and champion efforts to develop new units. 
  • Work with the County and others to leverage data that can help the community gain detailed insights so that we may enhance the overall system of care. 
Please sign their pledge to #EndHomelessnessOC.

Be sure to follow UUCA Economic Justice Ministry on Facebook & Twitter! Check out our events page on Facebook - we share lots of local events, so there's bound to be something of interest to you.

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California 

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, a joint venture of the UUA and the UUSC, has service and educational opportunities for youth, college students, and adults:
  • Experiential Learning Journeys: Our transformative journeys to Nicaragua, the Arizona/Mexico border, Florida, and West Virginia will introduce you and your congregation to the justice work of UUA and UUSC partners, and help you make the connection to struggles in your own community.
  • Activate Youth Justice Trainings: Activate Youth Justice Journeys offer high-school aged youth, ages 14 to 18, the opportunity to deepen their understanding, transcend boundaries, and ignite their passion for justice through immersive and experiential learning. Current youth service journeys explore themes of racial, economic, climate, and immigration justice, and the intersections of spirituality & social justice as a whole.
  • Global Justice Summer Internship: The UU College of Social Justice offers summer internships for emerging young adults (ages 18-25) who wish to deepen their engagement with social justice and discover new ways to put their faith into action. Our goal is to offer young adults a first-hand experience of grassroots justice work along with framework that helps them explore potential career paths as well as their own spiritual development.
  
 













































































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