Economic Justice Ministry

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

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
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:  
  • January 12, 2020 - Miguel Hernandez, Executive Director of Orange County Congregation Community Organizing (OCCCO), will join us to share information about two important civic engagement issues this year: the 2020 Census and Get Out The Vote efforts for this election cycle. This service is part of a series at UUCA in support of the UUA's UU The Vote.
Sunday sermon action items - Please follow up on these action items suggested by previous speakers at our EJM Sunday services:
  • The Longest Night - Please join Hope 4 Restoration and others at 4pm on December 21, at Anaheim Cemetery, for a memorial service for those who have died this year with no fixed abode. 
  • CareerWise - In January we heard from Kathey Schuster, founder of CareerWise. Volunteers help people experiencing homelessness with resume development and job interviewing skills. 
  • 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. 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. 
  • Elder Law and Disability Rights Law Center provides legal services to seniors and people experiencing disabilities.
  • "The Rent Is Too Damn High" - Anaheim Housing Coalition will next meet - tbd. 
  • Orange County Environmental Justice is developing grassroots leadership and advancing an environmental justice agenda within the ancestral homelands of the Acjachemen and Tongva Nations, now known as Orange County, California. 
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 5-6pm 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. PHTF was a plaintiff in the recent case against the County - read the settlement agreement here
  • 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 


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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