A Social Justice Conversation Among the Congregation
The Environment Group will:
- Support Robb Thomson as he publishes an article in the Rio Grande Sierra Club newsletter and schedules a Making Meaning session to report to the Congregation the results of his work studying how to move to a zero carbon emissions electric grid. Scheduled for Sunday February 26 at 9 am. Full information here.
- Work in coalition with Retake our Democracy.
- 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:
Support Immigrant Rights...
Please attend and or all of these events at City Hall to support the Sanctuary City Resolution
- Monday, February 13 at 5 pm, the Finance Committee
- Tuesday, February 21 at 4 pm, the Public Safety Committee
- Wednesday, February 22 at 5 or 7 pm (time uncertain today), Full City Council meeting
Somos Un Pueblo Unido is still working to have the resolution passed. There is lots YOU can do to help!
- 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.
Show Up for Social Justice
Interested in whom to contact about the actions of your government? Use this Guide to Officials 2017 from the League of Women Voters. Do you want to follow the actions of the New Mexico Legislature this session? Follow and search for bills here. What can we do as a people of faith? Check The Real Rules.
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
Support the Actions of the UU Service Committee
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.