April 2 First Sunday Giving ~ New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Joan Lamunyon Sanford, Executive Director of the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, will represent the faith-based group that supports the reproductive freedom of every person. They believe in the dignity of all women and are fighting to safeguard women’s moral right to decide what they want for their reproductive future. Populations served are rural or urban women and girls and those with low incomes. The NM-RCRC is an affiliate of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, an interfaith group that brings together laity, clergy, seminarians and theologians to advocate, educate and fight for women’s rights.
Insurance Information from beWell ~ Sunday, April 2, 1 to 2:30 pm in Fogelson
If you do not have health insurance, can’t afford the insurance offered at your job, are unemployed, or would like better options than your current insurance offers beWell offers free counseling to help you find the right coverage for your health and financial needs. Individuals may still be eligible to sign up for insurance coverage during the Special Enrollment Period if you experience qualifying “life changes.” UU Santa Fe will host beWell advisors on Sunday, April 2, 1 -2:30in Fogelson for more information and to answer questions. You can also find out more at beWellnm.com. Hosted by Rod Morgan and co-sponsored by Social Justice and Bridges.
A Social Justice Conversation Among the Congregation
The Environment Group will:.
- Develop a list of other organizations with which they (and we) can work in coalition to further environmental justice issues
- Look at a curriculum which has been developed to educate about our UU Ministry for the Earth and suggest it be presented.
The Immigration Group will:
- Continue to work with and support Somos Un Pueblo Unido and keep the Congregation informed about their activities, needs, and ways we can help them.
- Will keep in touch with Retake our Democracy.
- Also stay in contact with the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
- Will watch the UUA sponsored webinar about Sanctuary and report what they learn to all of us
- Will support Somos as it works on Wage Theft issues
The Poverty and Homeless Shelter Group will:
- Support Pete’s Place as it works to establish its One Door program to provide all services for the homeless under one roof
- Support YouthWorks! as we house homeless youth in our building
- Keep granola bars, gloves, etc. in their cars, to give to homeless folks on Street corners
- Get clothes, particularly men’s clothes, to Pete’s Place
- Help with the sign-up process as UU Santa Fe plans its week to feed folks there in April
The LGBTQ Group will:
- Help us all support the bill to stop the use of Conversion Therapy in New Mexico; partly they will do this by having a table to write cards to our Legislators
- Walk in the Gay Pride Parade, handing out water bottles
- Work to maintain Marriage Equality. One thing they will do is supply Valentines for us all to sign to send to our Legislators thanking them for supporting Marriage Equality in New Mexico.
The Group to get Money out of politics
Will work with New Mexico Money out of Politics, which is aligned with a national organization, American Promise.
The Health Care Group will:
- Connect with Health Action New Mexico
- Set up a phone tree so they can react quickly when further action is needed
- Will work with Indivisible
The Peace and Non-Violence Group will:
- Start a book group about what non-violence is
- Also work with Indivisible
- Send thank you notes to leaders who support Peace
- Join with Retake our Democracy
- Learn how to use Twitter and other technology with the help of Emily
- Learn about Police violence
We all agreed to send notices to News@uusantafe.org to help our community keep up with what is going on. We will also make note of our successes in the Book of Joys and Concerns. We agreed to meet as a large group again on April 30 after the 10:30 service to share our successes, assess what is happening nationally, and plan further actions.
With all of the wonderful energy efficiency changes happening around UU Santa Fe, this is great time to take advantage of energy saving incentive programs at home. Just like UU Santa Fe, you can begin with an energy audit to determine areas with the greatest return on investment for energy savings.
PNM’s offers free energy efficiency audits to homeowners. Visit www.pnmhomecheckup.com.
Santa Fe lags behind all other cities in the state in using this program.
Check the city website for additional programs www.santafenm.gov/programs_for_homeowners_and_businesses
- Low-Interest Loans,
- Rebates aand Discounts on LED lighting, showerheads, water heaters, space heaters and insulation;
- Tax credits on the purchase of renewable energy systems like solar panels;
- Water conservation measures can also help save energy. Rebates are available for: high efficiency toilets, high efficiency clothes washers, rain barrels. Make sure you have low flow aerators on bathroom faucets and repair leaks quickly. http://savewatersantafe.com/rebates
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UUSC is an associate member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), but receives no general financial support from the UUA. Neither do we receive funding from federal or state governments or institutions, ensuring our independent voice.
UUSC Mission Statement:
UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.
UUSC was established in 1940 in response to the persecution of the Jews and others by the Nazis.
Today we work in more than 20 countries around the world. For example, in DARFUR’s displaced persons camp, we work to safeguard women and girls from sexual assault. We do that in Haiti as well. Also in Haiti, we are still working to help families rebuild their lives after that terrible earthquake We are working to protect an indigenous community’s clean water in Guatemala We worked with many local groups to pass four laws in California which guarantee all (mostly including farm workers) access to safe drinking water.