Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
United Indians’ Seafair Indian Days Powwow is held annually on the third weekend in July, in conjunction with Seattle Seafair, at our Powwow Grounds adjacent to the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. This year, we will honor our Two-Spirit family and friends through our theme, Love is Sacred. The Powwow will be held at Daybreak Star Cultural Center, directions to which can be found here.
ScheduleFriday: 4pm-10pm (7pm Grand Entry) Saturday: 10am-10pm (12pm & 7pm Grand Entry, 11am and 6pm Coastal Grand Entry) Sunday: 10am-8pm (12pm Grand Entry)
On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.
Check the website here for events throughout the area and find one to participate in!
Faith Action Network supports the ad hoc coalition for a Constellation of Lights for Liberty to organize vigils locally and nationally this week in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. We invite you to hold vigils across the state in your faith communities this coming Friday night, June 12, or join a pre-planned vigil. Please register your vigil and share the Facebook page so people in your community know where to find the vigil closest to them. Consider including an action opportunity as part of the resolve of your vigils -- take up a collection of postcards to your Congresspersons or make time for people to email during the vigil. If you’re nearby, on Saturday June 13 travel to the Northwest Detention Center at 12:30 PM for a family-friendly event to support detained persons and learn how to do more. Join a Close the Camps rally being planned for Seattle and beyond. Let us know your plans at FAN@fanwa.org so we can highlight your place in the constellation.
Go to bottom of the post, Washington state vigils.
Immigration raids have been ongoing throughout the last decade. Communities have been organizing resistance in response. Racial policing and detainment have been happening in Black, Brown, Indigenous, Muslim and poor communities across the country. We have witnessed this in the continual rise of mass incarceration and hyper detention and deportation. It our responsibility to stop these forces that seek to destroy our basic humanity by organizing with communities that are most impacted and follow the leadership of organizations that are centrally positioned and held accountable by the people they uplift. This is not the time to aimlessly wonder, "What can we do?!" This is the time for intentional action.
We at Side With Love invite you to join with us as we fight back! Register now for our upcoming webinar on how to resist (exact date and time is being worked out with our partners. We will send you that info and if you can’t make it you will receive the recording.)
Here are three things you should do:
Advancing Economic and Climate Justice as a Moral Issue, Building a Movement for a “Green New Deal”, September 15-17, 2019, Washington DC
Advocacy Conference on Environmental Justice, Class and Race by UUs for Just Economic Community, UU Ministry for Earth and UUSJ
"We have twelve years!" The Green New Deal has spurred debate on the need for bold actions that make big differences. Carbon pricing is being debated. 156 Million Americans have pledged to keep the Paris Climate Agreement Commitments. Jack Ma says the U.S. wasted $14 trillion in wars rather than infrastructure among other investments. Communities of color wonder why they often pay the costs first, and deepest, but rarely get to voice their concerns.
How can we as UUs be in solidarity and fellowship? Learn how climate change is an economic justice issue with intersectional dimensions of race, ethnicity and class running throughout. Let us talk about how disproportionately at risk and impacted communities tend to be coastal communities, the poor, people of color and first nations communities.
When: Sunday, Sept. 15, 11:15 AM through Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4:00 PM
Where: Washington, DC
Beginning in Portland with the Juliana v US appeals court hearing on June 4th, I have been on a speaking tour visiting UU congregations with Levi Draheim, the youngest plaintiff in the Juliana v US lawsuit and a Florida UU, and Leonard Higgins, the "valve turner" and UU Ministry for Earth Board Member. After two weeks of touring through Oregon and Washington, we made our way to Spokane, Washington, where UUMFE had a phenomenal General Assembly experience.
Read more about our journey in the following four blog posts:
Speaking Tour Update #1 - The Juliana v US hearing & rally in Portland
Speaking Tour Update #2 - A Whale of a Time in Oregon
Speaking Tour Update #3 - Winding Through Washington
Climate Justice highlights from GA 2019
UUs have been giving generously throughout this tour and at GA, and we are now just $2,330 away from reaching the $10K fundraising goal.
There are just 2 days left to reach this goal --- the campaign ends on Thursday, July 4, 10:55 pm Eastern.
Join Community Alliance for Global Justice for the 13th annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner, July 13, 2019, Seattle
The Trump Administration is seeking to lower the federal poverty line, affecting millions of people who use services like SNAP, WIC, Medicare/Medicaid, and school lunch programs. At a time when we need to increase access to these life-saving programs, it is morally reprehensible to further limit eligibility. As with other issues of this nature, you have the opportunity to speak up by submitting a public comment this week, by June 21. Learn more at the Budget & Policy Center.
Sign a petition to support this amendment here.
". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established." ~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010 Look for more action on this issue. More info.
I am currently winding through Washington’s beautiful, forested mountains with the rest of UUMFE’s June Speaking Tour crew, Leonard Higgins, Levi Daheim and Leigh-Ann Draheim, on our way to Spokane for the UUA General Assembly (GA). We have had a truly amazing trip --- you can read more about it here and here. Now we head into the final chapter of this epic journey: GA.
I hope that you might join UUMFE’s General Assembly programs &/or share this invitation with the members of your UU community and personal network who you know will be going to the GA. Here are some highlights and updates:
UUs are working in a myriad of ways to create a Just Transition through community organizing and advocacy for implementing bold, just climate policies at all levels. Here are some highlights for this Create Climate Justice priority area:
The UU Young Adults for Climate Justice Network is curating a zine exploring the threads between theologies of place and climate justice, and we want YOUR art! Art is a powerful tool for change, and we will use this zine to mobilize our communities and connect our movements. Intergenerational submissions are welcome as long as young adults are involved, and submissions can be anything that can be rendered in a 2D format - words, visuals, photos, etc.
Check out the FAQ here, and find resources to get inspired here.
Please fill out this interest form to stay in the loop!
Questions? Contact Amelia Diehl at email@example.com.
Createclimatejustice.net - make an account for you and your organization/congregation, learn and start sharing information. Become part of a prophetic, faith-based UU movement for climate justice.
The Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) campaign provides resources and peer support for UUs to find out how their local elected leaders are doing on their climate commitments — and then to help them aspire higher so that humanity can realize a Just Transition to an ecological civilization and not exceed the 1.5°C global warming threshold.
Goals of the Tour:
- Build relationships between UU Ministry for Earth & UU communities in Oregon and Washington
- Inspire and uplift Unitarian Universalist action for climate justice; catalyze the UU movement to Create Climate Justice
- Build UU awareness & support for Levi Draheim and his climate lawsuits
- Raise funds to support UUMFE’s Summer and Fall 2019 program goals
- Collaboratively create climate/eco-artwork that culminates in beautiful worship and “ Procession of Species ” at the 2019 UUA General Assembly (and then continues to grow for an even bigger ceremony in 2020)
- June 4-6 – First Unitarian, Portland, OR
- June 9th – UU Church on Eugene, OR (10 a.m. service and 12-noon presentation)
- If you are able, please join us at one of these events:
- June 9th, UU Church in Eugene, OR, 10 am worship service, 11:30 am after-church potluck, 12-12:45 presentation, 12:45-3 pm art build with eco-muralist Esteban Camacho-Steffensen, multi-media artist Patti Warner, and UUMFE Program Director Aly Tharp.
- June 10th, UU Fellowship of Corvallis, OR – 6:30 potluck and 7:30 presentation
- June 14th, Bellingham UU Fellowship, Bellingham, WA, 6:30 potluck and 7:30 presentation
- June 15th, East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellvue, WA, 11 am – 12:30 pm potluck and presentation, followed by a carpool/caravan to the Lummi Totem Pole Journey event in Seattle at 1 pm
- June 16th, University Unitarian Church, Seattle WA, 10 am worship service, 11:15-12:30 pm presentation
- June 16th, Woodinville UU Church, 3-4:30 eco-art build, 4:30 – 6 pm presentation, 6-7 pm potluck
WUUC will sponsor the UU Ministry for Earth Speaking Tour on June 16 from 3-7 PM.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from national climate justice leaders - Aly Tharp, Program Director for the Ministry for Earth; Levi Draheim, the youngest plaintiff of the Juliana vs US federal youth climate lawsuit, and; Leonard Higgins, best known for shutting down the Spectra Express pipeline in Montana, as one of five “valve turners”.
Sponsoring this event is a special privilege for WUUC . WUUC is inviting other UU churches/fellowships in the area to attend, including Shoreline, Edmonds, Northlake, East Shore, and Evergreen.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed new rules to threaten housing for families of mixed immigration status. Under this new rule, families where some members are undocumented will be forced to choose between breaking up in order to receive housing assistance and not receiving assistance at all. The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance notes that 55,000 children could face eviction if this rule goes into effect, and they have a portal where you can submit a comment on this horrendous rule. Just as #FamiliesBelongTogether and should not be separated at our borders, they should remain together within our borders. Submit a comment today, and tell HUD that we need to increase housing resources, not limit them!
Faith Action Network has posters available from our partners at Washington Nonprofits for you to post in your faith communities. We want to make sure everyone is counted so that critical funding and elected representation is accurately reflected across our state. We’ll have posters available at our Summits, or contact us about getting some sent to you.
Every 10 years, the Constitution requires that there be a full count of the population residing in this country. We are only one year away from the 2020 census, which will begin in Spring of next year. An accurate census count will bring important economic and political benefits to our communities and state. More than $800 Billion in federal funding, as well as fair, proportional voting representation and political power are at stake. Federal programs like SNAP, WIC, and Medicaid are vital to community health. States receive federal dollars to administer these programs based on census results.
People of color, children, renters, folks experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, and rural communities have long been undercounted in the census. Communities more likely to be undercounted are often already facing barriers to health like poverty and unstable housing. We want to be sure these “hard to count” communities are counted in the 2020 census.
Though we are a year out from the census count, we are engaged with the statewide coalition to start preparation and educational outreach. Check out the Census 2020 Toolkit on our website for factsheets and faith-based resources to learn more about the importance of an accurate count. Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) in Seattle is hosting a census outreach and voter engagement training on June 8 - see their website for more details on how you can get involved, particularly if you are from or work with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities or other communities of color. Keep an eye on FAN's Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the hashtag #CountMeIn on both platforms to follow along with and share social media actions.
Backbone Campaign is honored to co-host two screenings of the highly anticipated Dammed to Extinction - in Seattle this Friday (June 7) and on Vashon Island next Tuesday (June 11).
We are also co-sponsoring two more Human Orca Murals next weekend, bringing our total of Human Murals up to 13 since Tahlequah carried her deceased baby across the Salish Sea, so we would witness what is happening to the Southern Resident pod and the dire conditions of their habitat. If you'll be in Gig Harbor or Bainbridge Island this Saturday, show up in black and stand up for the orca! Info is at the links below.
Dammed to Extinction Film Screening, June 7th, Seattle
Dammed to Extinction Film Screening, June 11th, Vashon Island
About the Film: Directed by eastern Washington native Michael Peterson, "Dammed to Extinction" chronicles the plight of the endangered Southern Resident orcas who depend on Chinook salmon for food, including Columbia Basin salmon runs especially in winter/spring.
The film features interviews with scientists and experts across the Northwest, from the Salish Sea to the mountain rivers of Idaho, who make the case for removing four aging dams on the lower Snake River to bring back many thousands of chinook salmon to thousands of miles of pristine rivers in the Snake River basin, providing much-needed food for orcas. Currently, all runs of Snake River salmon and steelhead are listed as threatened and endangered. This year's adult returns are predicted to be the lowest in decades.