Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
Earthjustice. The petrochemical refinery would be larger than any currently operating methanol facility in the world, and would use more natural gas each day than all of the power plants in Washington combined. It would manufacture methanol from natural gas and ship it to China to make plastics. The refinery would produce up to 3.6 million metric tons of methanol per year. Cowlitz County approves the shoreline permits. It's now up to the Dept of Ecology to approve or deny the project. Sign Columbia Riverkeeper's petition to the DOE or contact the DEO yourself asking them to reject this project!
In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence. We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies. Resistance and Resilience The campaign is simple but profound. Wear black on Thursdays. Wear a pin to declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Show your respect for women who are resilient in the face of injustice and violence. Encourage others to join you. Often black has been used with negative racial connotations. In this campaign Black is used as a color of resistance and resilience!
Join the Statewide Poverty Action Network for our Communities in Action advocacy program, a FREE series of workshops that will focus on how to use your voice to influence public policy and create the social change you want to see!
Our Communities in Action program is a series of three workshops that will focus on skills-building for people interested in advocacy, policy, community organizing, and social justice. Participants will leave with the tools, knowledge, and resources to enter the 2020 Legislative Session as anti-poverty and racial justice advocates for their own communities. All participants will receive a $20 travel reimbursement for each session, as well as food and childcare! Note: As our work has traditionally been centered around the experiences and voices of low-income communities and communities of color, we ask only those to attend who self-identify as low-income.
(Source: Food Research & Action Center)
If it seems like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been under near-constant threat for the last year and half, that’s because it has. The Trump Administration’s latest proposal would take food assistance benefits away from 3.1 million people who rely on the program to feed themselves and their families.
Currently, under a policy option known as “Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility,” the majority of states (over 40!) allow people to receive SNAP if they have slightly more in savings or make slightly more in income than otherwise allowed by federal SNAP rules. The proposed cuts to the program would eliminate Categorical Eligibility, and also therefore leave millions without food assistance. Washington in particular would be one of the states most harmed by the elimination of Categorical Eligibility. 15% or more of our state’s SNAP recipients would suddenly find themselves ineligible for food assistance if this proposal was to go through.
There is still time to submit comments against this proposal, although the deadline is quickly approaching. Stand up against hunger and cruel eligibility requirements and submit your comment on or before September 23.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency meant to protect American consumers, is also back at it with yet another proposal that actually expands the freedoms of debt collectors. The CFPB’s proposed Debt Collection Practices rule would boost the frequency with which debt collectors are allowed to contact consumers, swelling the scale of collection calls to 7 calls per debt each week, and unlimited contact through text, email, or social media. That means that if you owed 3 separate debts, you could potentially be fielding 21 calls on these debts every week, not to mention an unlimited amount of texts or emails or even direct messages on your social media profiles. This proposed rule also would allow other abusive debt collection tactics, such as collection of “zombie” (expired) debts, providing “safe harbors” to debt collectors, and not mandating that collectors notify consumers about past due debt in any language other than English.
The CFPB needs to be reminded that they are an agency meant to protect the American public, not debt collectors. Submit your comment on this proposed rule by September 18!
Presented by Children of the Setting Sun Productions
Sunday, October 13 at 2:45
A Pickdford Film Center offering
a hosted presentation and discussion after the screening
Children of the Setting Sun Productions returns after a full year of filming in and around the Salish Sea. Come see the vibrancy of local Native cultures in a series of short films, the latest honoring the Women of Canoe Journey in this year's Paddle to Lummi. Also showing is Salmon People, with new scenes illuminating the intricate relationship between salmon and the Coast Salish peoples.
Interfaith Worker Justice asks you to:It’s time to cool things down for workers. Eighteen of the last nineteen hottest years on record have occurred since 2001 and this year is on track to continue that trend. The effects of this heat are being felt by everyone, but it is workers on the front lines, working in the fields, on construction sites, or cleaning up after more frequent and powerful storms who are the most impacted. As you read headlines about record breaking temperatures, it might surprise you to know that there is no national standard for conditions when working in the heat. It’s time to change that!
The Asunscion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act (H.R. 3668) is an increasingly important and common sense legislation that directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a workplace heat standard for both indoor and outdoor work.This legislation would ensure that workers would have access to water, rest breaks in shaded or climate-controlled spaces, a plan to help workers adjust to the heat, training, anti-retaliation rights, and other measures. *This is a joint petition with Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that mobilizes people of conscience and faith to take bold steps in combating climate change.
Backbone Campaign Offers Organizing and Banner Design Aid for Global Climate Strike: Webinar Sept. 10, 5:00 pm
Backbone Campaign is moving our normal Monthly Organizing Call date up a bit in anticipation of the Global Climate Strike happening Sept 20-27.RSVP HERE
- want to connect with a light team in your city and help with projection
- need a banner tool kit so that you, with a small group of friends, can deploy banners over freeways or in other locations
- want to reserve an LED banner, for high visibility night-time messaging
- need imagery to make your action pop, including an inflatable pipeline (our two globes have been reserved already for DC and Vashon/Seattle)
- are local and can join us in our Vashon warehouse and make your banners for the Climate Strike, Wednesdays, Sept 11th and Sept 18th
Washington Environmental Council.
Despite opposition from the Puyallup Tribe, over 80 community organizations, and Governor Inslee, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is still working to complete their fracked gas project in Tacoma. This project is an affront to our climate, health, and safety.
Send in your comment to urge the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to reject the permit for the Tacoma LNG project!
Redistricting U is All on the Line's free, in-person organizing training initiative. We’re sending dedicated trainers to cities across the country to train volunteers, give them the tools to impact the redistricting process in their state, hear from them on how to best make change in their communities, and empower them to be leaders in the movement for fair maps. Sign up to be among the first to hear when Redistricting U opens up shop near you.
“I’ve always believed that training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I made it a priority in my 2008 campaign and throughout our larger movement for change in the years since. … The movement for fair maps will determine the course of progress on every issue we care about for the next decade. And we can’t wait to begin organizing when the redistricting process starts in 2021. We need to build this movement from the ground up – right now.” — President Obama
Food assistance is at risk--again. Just months after Congress rejected cuts to our most important food assistance program (SNAP), the Administration is now proposing to implement, through executive action, a second SNAP benefits cut it failed to secure through legislation. Remarkably, the Trump Administration is targeting people who manage to increase their earnings modestly and who struggle to maintain a small amount of savings. Increasing earnings and maintaining savings – these are exactly the steps forward government policies should encourage. The Trump Administration wants to make these people worse off.
More than 40 states choose under current law to provide SNAP to families with more savings than otherwise allowed by SNAP rules, and to allow SNAP benefits to working households with somewhat higher income but with significant expenses for shelter and child care. This current policy option is known as “Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility” (or “Cat El”). The Trump Administration is proposing to eliminate these options for states.
The impact? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal would eliminate SNAP benefits for 3.1 million individuals and take free school meals away from 500,000 children in those families. We cannot let that happen. Add your comment today condemning these proposed cuts to SNAP, and share with your networks!
Get your congregation involved in the Climate Strike! Reach out to your minister and worship planning team and share these Climate Strike worship materials curated by Rev. Peggy Clarke. Reach out to your church board, to your social justice and environmental committees — this is a time to bring our UU community and values out of the pews and into the streets!
(The link has suggestions for order of service, sermons, readings and hymns.)
From Faith Action Network:
Many of you are already responding with compassion and care for your immigrant neighbors. We are always looking for additional resources to share with our statewide network to maximize the role faith communities can play in response to workplace raids, detentions, and deportations.
With El Centro de la Raza and the Anti-Defamation League, FAN is hosting a Sensitive Location Webinar on Thursday, September 5, at noon. Spend your lunchtime with us as we talk about how places of worship are sensitive locations and can protect immigrants. Click here to register. Instructions will be shared for you to join via Zoom web conferencing once you register.
We know in Yakima, faith communities have been engaged with the Yakima Immigrant Response Network in witnessing ICE flights and transportation to the Northwest Detention Center. They are hosting an ICE Raid Verifier Training next week, Thursday, August 29, at 6:30 at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima.
From the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) there are several calls to action this week: “The core of our Deportation Defense strategy is rapid response teams. These teams work together to verify ICE activity so that we can report back to the community where ICE is operating and whether or not they have detained people. Are you part of a team or know someone who is? Do you want to start a team? Fill out this form and let us know!”
Also from WAISN, this week there were reports of ICE action in Ephrata that caused widespread fear in the Grant County Courthouse. Please take action.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Sanctuary Downtown Seattle supporters gathered this week and continue to support Jose Robles and his family while he is in detention. Contact them to support that effort.
We will continue to add resources you can use in your efforts at our NEW ADVOCACY TOOLKIT page, scroll down to immigration resources. Thank you for all you’re doing!
The administration’s nationwide gag rule is destroying Title X, the nation’s only dedicated program for affordable birth control and other essential reproductive health care — and for the first time in nearly 50 years of the program, Planned Parenthood is out of Title X. Health care access is now at risk for those struggling to make ends meet — and Congress is our only recourse.
Make no mistake, the gag rule is an attack on the patients who rely on Planned Parenthood. That’s because Planned Parenthood health centers serve 41% of the 4 million patients — or more than 1.6 million people — who get care through the Title X program.
In many communities, Planned Parenthood is the only source of reproductive health care. When patients can’t seek care from Planned Parenthood, many will have nowhere else to go and community health centers themselves say they couldn’t fill the gap. Many people will delay getting health care or simply go without it altogether.
The UUA, Side With Love, and UU Ministry for Earth Join with the Global Climate Strike-#StrikeWithUs, Sept. 20, 2019, various locations.
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg asks this question, and we’re asking people of faith to respond. We UUs know that all that exists is part of an interdependent web. What we do matters. We must show up for each other now.
Are you ready to demand a just and sustainable world? A right to a future for our youth and young adults? Sign up here for the Sept. 20th Global Climate Strike and Week of Action by locating an event near you and you will be in touch with local organizers. This information will also be shared with us so that we can mobilize UUs as powerfully as possible.
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. We know governments won’t deliver climate action and justice on their own, so we’re going on #climatestrike to show them what people power is capable of creating. The strikes are just the beginning of an escalated movement where millions will take to the streets to demand action now, especially for those most impacted by climate change who have done the least to cause it. Climate breakdown isn’t inevitable. We know the solutions we need including a just transition away from the exploitative fossil fuel economy. We’re inviting you to join other UUs and faith groups and millions more -- we have the power to make them happen.
Here’s what’s already happening among UUs:
Backbone Campaign's summer focus for Solutionary Rail has been Outreach - to policymakers, newspapers and the general public. We are grateful to Winona LaDuke who wrote an op ed, the New Iron Horse, about her support for Solutionary Rail. Will you write a Letter to the Editor about Solutionary Rail? Check out the toolkit for talking points and tips on getting your LTE published.
The next Organizing Call for Solutionary Rail will be Wednesday, Sept 4th, at noon (pacific)/3pm (eastern). Register for the call to learn what's next and how you can get involved.
We have exciting news! UUs for a Just Economic Community is co-hosting a conference, Advancing Economic and Climate Justice as a Moral Issue, Building a Movement for a “Green New Deal” September 15-17 in Washington, DC. Why the long name? It’s about framing—and we’ll talk about it.
Can't go? Download a flyer and post it at your congregation. 8 1/2 x 11 or 8 1/2 x 14.
Or get your congregation to write letters to their Senators. A link to UUs for Social Justice’s Write Here, Write Now!, explaining how to do this. As soon as UUs for Social Justice post specifics for this month’s letter, we will post it on the conference webpage .