Economic Justice Ministry

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

In person meetings at UUCA have been cancelled for the remainder of March 2020. 

Meal Service - We have several opportunities to join with other organizations to provide a meal:
  • Every Wednesday, 3pm, La Palma Park in Anaheim. Join HHROC members to share a meal with others. La Palma Park is located on the northeast corner of Harbor Blvd & La Palma Ave, just south of the 91 freeway. Providers meet in La Palma Park parking lot between 3-3:30pm depending on weather.
  • 1st Saturday, 7-11am, Judy's Kitchen at CCUCC. Join Housing is a Human Right Orange County members to prepare and serve breakfast. 4111 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos 90720
  • 3rd Saturday, 9am-1pm, Judy's Kitchen at CCUCC. Join Housing is a Human Right Orange County members to prepare and serve lunch. 4111 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos 90720
Coat Closet - Please consider donating a gently used coat for our "closet." See Linda L. for details.

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 or Social Justice sermon - On the 2nd Sunday of each month we will hear from a speaker on an Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, or UU the Vote related topic:  
  • April 12, 2020 - Arbor Day and Earth Day are both in April, and this year's Earth Day theme is climate action. 
  • May 10 - immigration
  • June 14 - Helen Cameron, Jamboree Housing, on permanent supportive & affordable housing
  • July 12 - school strike for climate justice with Gerri McNenny
  • August 9 - tbd
  • September 13 - tbd
  • October 11 - tbd
  • November 8 - tbd
  • December 13 - tbd
UU the Vote - UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. All through 2020 the UUA is supporting congregations and UU organizations in activating thousands of Unitarian Universalists to mobilize for electoral justice at the local, state and national levels. Here at UUCA we've already done the following:
  • December 8, 2019 - We heard from the League of Women Voters about the new Vote Centers in OC. The upcoming elections in Orange County will be run differently than before, now with Vote Centers. A Vote Center is more than a traditional polling place - it's a full-service voting experience. Cast your ballot at any location, stop by on the weekend, even register to vote. 
  • January 12, 2020 - We learned about the 2020 Census and efforts to reach hard to count populations in OC from the Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO). An accurate Census determines how more than $800 billion in federal government resources will be distributed each year for the next decade to states and localities, determines apportionment of Congressional seats and redistricting at all levels of government, and determines where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers and other services should be built. OC Census FAQs here. 
  • March 8, 2020 - "Women's Suffrage: The Importance of Voting," with Dr. Kimberly Salter.  We celebrated 100 years of women's Right to Vote - learned about the 72 year struggle and then some; the importance of every vote, and why we should never take it for granted! Kimberly Salter has a Ph.D. in Organizational and Industrial Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist. She is the Executive Vice President of the National Women's History Alliance and a past president of California National Organization for Women (NOW) and also OC NOW.  Past President of the Laguna  Beach Woman's Club and a long time member of AAUW - Laguna Beach Branch. Dr. Salter has a passion for Women's Herstory and spreading the word, making sure that women's stories get told. 
Want to do more? You could:
  • Pledge to register a new voter, and make sure they vote!
  • Help expand the electorate by volunteering at a citizenship fair. Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) will hold their next citizenship fair Saturday, February 29, 8am-1pm, at the Central Library, 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim 92805. Contact Casey Conway at volunteer@occord.org or (714) 621-0919.
  • Remember to vote in the presidential primary election on or before March 3, 2020! Every registered voter will receive a mail in ballot, and no postage is necessary to return it by mail through USPS or drop it off in a ballot drop box location around Orange County. To learn more go to Orange County Registrar of Voters
Housing is a Human Right Orange County (HHROC), which meets most Mondays (1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th) 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. All are invited to attend the 1st Monday of each month meeting, which will feature a guest speaker. In person meetings for the remainder of March have been cancelled.

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 the local Orange County meetings every 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30pm here at UUCA. March 16 meeting moved to videoconference. Check their Facebook page for details.
  • Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington, D.C. "On June 20, 2020 we will rise together as a powerful moral fusion movement to demand the implementation of our Moral Agenda! The fact that there are 140 million poor and low-wealth people in a country this rich is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent and economically insane. We are building power for an agenda that lifts all people by challenging the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism!" More information and registration here. 

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. Become an advocate for housing needed in your community to end homelessness by attending a Housing Champions - Advocacy 101 Training on Wednesday, March 4, 6:30-8:30pm, at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana.

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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