Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
Help Protect the Lives of Working People- On Workers' memorial Day (April 28)Tell OSHA to Hire More Inspectors
Join Interfaith Worker Justice to tell OSHA to hire more inspectors. Add your name to help us protect the lives of working people. For almost fifty years now, we have come together on April 28th for Workers' Memorial Day to demand real action to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths in the workplace.This Workers' Memorial Day, let’s send OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, Loren Sweatt, an email on Workers' Memorial Day! Tell her to hire more inspectors and put them to work protecting the lives of working people!
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE) are calling on all Unitarian Universalists to unite and Create Climate Justice as an embodiment of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
Many of you have indicated, through your engagement with the UUMFE & UUA, that you are ready to answer this call. The Create Climate Justice newsletter will highlight key information and calls to action, and it will build upon the infinite networking and organizing possibilities of the Create Climate Justice Net web platform.
If you have not done this already, please create an account on Create Climate Justice Net and consider making a group page for your congregation &/or UU climate group. The site allows you to share your work broadly, and helps you find resources and collaborators you might not otherwise know of.
5th Annual CUUSAN Conference 2019
Living Our Values, Building Our Movement
June 19, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Doubletree Grand Ballroom I
322 N Spokane Falls Ct, Spokane WA
We are super excited to announce our keynote speaker at the 2019 CUUSAN Conference will be Chris Crass!! If you know Chris, you are freaking out with joy right now! If you don't, you've got to get yourself to this conference! More
We are also collaborating with our friends and colleagues at JUUstice Washington - we're really excited about this conference and hope you can come!
We need you to REGISTER, please
The Trump administration is now looking to deny bond to asylum seekers. See: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/
04/16/us/politics/barr-asylum- bail.html?emc=edit_NN_p_ 20190417&nl=morning-briefing& nlid=78309209tion%3DtopNews§ ion=topNews&te=1This will keep asylum seekers in detention while they wait for their cases to beheard, which can take up to 1-2 years at this point. Right now, eligible asylees are able to be released on bond to sponsors. That will change in 87 days.
We are working alongside community members and partner organizations to ensure that lawmakers fund and modernize the Working Families Tax Credit. We’re holding a phone bank on Thursday, April 18, to urge passage and we need volunteers! The phone bank will be at Poverty Action’s office in Wallingford, Seattle (1501 N 45th Street), from 5-7:30 PM. Volunteers will receive training and support from staff and a free pizza dinner. If you can’t stay for the whole time, no sweat. Join us for as long as you can! For more information or sign up, please call 206-694-6794. We hope to see you there!
During these final weeks of the 2019 Legislative Session, lawmakers must negotiate and pass a 2-year state operating budget for 2019-2021. It is crucial that the final version of this budget contains a progressive restructuring of our state’s tax code and bold investments in social service programs that support Washington’s low-income communities and communities of color.
In addition to supporting the working families tax credit (funded by a tax on capital gains, which is also included in budget proposals), we are working alongside community members and partner organizations to ensure that lawmakers provide a bold and much-needed funding increase to Housing & Essential Needs, stop the sweep of money from the state’s TANF program, and reject the Senate’s proposed cuts to the state’s Medicaid Dental Program. (For more information and our analysis on both the House & Senate’s budget proposals .)
Send an email here to urge lawmakers to pass a progressive budget that tackles poverty head-on!
We have just 24 hours left to bring the Death Penalty Repeal bill (SB 5339) up for a vote on the House floor by 5 PM on Wednesday, April 17. Your Representative has the power to bring it to the floor - please ask them to do so as soon as possible! The Supreme Court decision is not enough. It was stalled at this point last year. Now is the time to take this policy off the books!
Please urge your Representative to take action today.
With the magnitude of the oncoming climate crisis, it's no longer sufficient to have a single token environmental question that 2020 candidates get to brush off with a soundbite. We need the 2020 candidates and DNC to commit to an entire debate on environmental policies.
Modesto is one of the founding farmworker owners of Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad (Land and Liberty Cooperative), a new worker-owned cooperative formed by four farm workers from Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Working with Community to Community (C2C), a Bellingham-based food sovereignty organization, the founding members have undergone a rigorous educational process on how to build their own cooperative enterprise doing what they love most; growing good healthy organic berries and vegetables. This process is a hands on culturally appropriate learning experience literally from the ground up! With support from C2C and another organization called Communities of Concern they have accumulated enough capital to farm on a 65 acre parcel of organic land with a lease to own contract. The land is located in Everson Washington on Central Rd. The long term vision of C2C and Tierra y Libertad is to build a cooperatively owned farming community with five families living on the land. YOU CAN HELP BUILD THIS VISION BY DOING 2 THINGS
- Buy their berries, all organic: strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
- Donate directly to Tierra y Libertad to help cover farm operating expenses and also help accumulate capital to purchase the land
One of the major bills FAN has been following this session has been Keep Washington Working (E2SSB 5497). We invite you to take action TODAY, and we share below more information on KWW from our partners at the ACLU: This important bill protects the privacy and civil rights of all Washington residents, focuses local law enforcement resources on protecting local communities, and defends local autonomy—putting Washington first.
Preventing and cleaning up toxic pollution is critical to the health of Washington’s people, salmon, and Southern Resident orcas. Now is the moment to urge state senators by April 13th to fully fund the program that cleans up thousands of contaminated sites statewide — including 12 sites on Bellingham’s waterfront and four in the Blaine Marina area.
UU Young Adults for Climate Justice Theologies of Place Zine
Calling all young adult artists and writers!! The UU Young Adults for Climate Justice is seeking written and 2D-art submissions for a self-published zine examining the threads among place, spirituality and climate justice.
Promise to Protect Training April 27,28 (Seattle WA): Get Ready for Next Anti-Tar Sands Pipeline Campaign
The training will cover multicultural competence for partnering with people in Lakota territory, a power analysis of the fossil fuel industry, and direct action as a strategic tool. The tour is coming to 10 cities beginning in March and going through May. Construction could begin in June (though delays are likely). The training will cover multicultural competence for partnering with people in Lakota territory, a power analysis of the fossil fuel industry, and direct action as a strategic tool. The tour is coming to Seattle on April 27 and 28, 2019. see https://nokxlpromise.org/train
It’s a hopeful sign to see so many people of faith offer their church buildings and other spaces to house people fighting deportation, and we also know that physical sanctuary is often a last resort. That’s why Love Resists is working with partners around the country to create a directory of accompaniment networks that support arriving asylum-seekers and community members facing deportation.
When we expand sanctuary into our communities by participating in accompaniment networks and sponsoring and hosting asylum-seeking families and individuals, we love in concrete ways. In an accompaniment model, there is much more that we can do to support people being criminalized for migrating and those seeking asylum.
Please join the info session on Wednesday, April 10th at 5pm PDT if you want to learn more about accompaniment networks that offer support in many ways—from raising funds for bonds to get out of detention, to obtaining legal counsel, to going to ICE and immigration court hearings, to helping meet the needs of individuals and families—as well as how to sponsor and host asylum-seekers.
Speakers include Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Rev. Dottie Mathews, and other UUs involved on the ground with sponsorship and accompaniment. Get your questions answered and learn the real nuts and bolts of how to provide this kind of community protection and solidarity to our undocumented siblings.
Join the info session Wednesday, April 10 at 5pm PDT. (Even if you're unsure if you can making, by RSVPing, you'll get a note when the webinar is posted online.)
Read a reflection from Rev. Dottie Matthews’ visit to a child detention center in Florida.
Join the accompaniment network directory.
Come with your ideas, your experiences, your questions. Together we are building a movement of resistance, support, solidarity, and love.
The Love Resists Team
Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Saturday, May 11, 2019. Sign-in 9:00 am; Program 9:30 am - 12:15 pm
Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks provided.
RSVP at http://peopleforclimateaction.org/summit-ii/
Learn how Portland reduced their greenhouse gas emissions while their population grew. They created a detailed Climate Action Plan: our cities can too. Come hear inspiring climate planner Susan Anderson describe how the City of Portland and Multnomah County brought greenhouse gas reductions from goal to reality. Cities are important, because they account for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Our local cities have set goals in the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C). But we aren’t meeting our goals. Let's see what we can learn from Portland’s Climate Action Plan.
People for Climate Action members organized and paid for this event. Many other climate-focused groups are helping promote it. Thank you!
When: Thursday, April 11, 10am-3pm
Where: United Churches of Olympia, Social Hall 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA
The day will start with trainings and workshops, followed by a rally, and ending at the legislative building where we will demand that our legislators vote for climate action. Come and enjoy great food, conversation, and advocacy as we come together to fight for climate action. When you RSVP, please make sure to list that you are part of the Carbon Washington Group and email our Advocacy Coordinator, Katsi@carbonwa.org to confirm.
Can’t make it to the event but still want to take action? Support us by sharing the Facebook event and submitting a letter to your elected official telling them who you are and why you support bold, equitable action on climate.
Interested in speaking at the rally? Let us know on the RSVP form! Because this event aims to center the voices of individuals on the frontlines of climate change, we especially want young speakers from Indigenous communities, communities of color, low-income families, or who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.
Washington state’s Senate released its two year operating budget proposal last Friday, March 29, just a few days after the House’s operating budget proposal.S enate budget writers have taken critical steps in the right direction with their investments and budget priorities.The 2019-2021 Senate budget proposal makes huge strides toward ensuring we have a tax code in which the wealthy pay their fair share, and low-income people get a much-needed break. It also makes significant investments in many of the basic needs assistance programs that low-income kids and adults rely on during hard times. This information was provided by Poverty Action Network. More information is available at poverty action.org.
Take action here and send an email to your Senator letting them know what you think of the Senate budget proposal! If you’d like to see our comparisons of all three budget proposals, do so here.
TWO-STEP TAKE ACTION:
Step 1: No LNG outreach to Tacoma City CouncilWe are trying to get 500 people to send a message to the City of Tacoma demanding that the City complete a new project impact statement (referred to as an SEIS) for the safety of our people, lands and waters. Here’s why:
- With the recent court ruling against Tacoma on LNG safety records and the news of the Wash. State Attorney General calling out LNG as pure fiction we are urging community members to reach out to the City of Tacoma to complete a new SEIS analysis for the following reasons
- The scope of the project has changed significantly and the changes warrant further analysis to ensure the safety of our community. See that attached document to understand the details of 7 specific changes. 7 Changes to the LNG Project Scope.
Step 2: Tell Puget Sound Clean Air Agency NO!Then when you've finished that, contact Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and ask them to deny the permit! Get more info here.
Write Here! Write Now! Tell US Senators to Act on Climate
UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE) is partnering with UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) for a “Write Here! Write Now!” letter-writing advocacy campaign during Spring For Change: A Season of Sacred Activism. This year the campaign focus will be to tell our U.S. Senators that urgent action is needed to address the climate crisis. With the introduction of the Green New Deal resolutions and carbon pricing legislation, there is new energy and growing public support for addressing comprehensive climate policy issues. We want to urge our Senators to take action NOW!
Letters must be received by May 9th. More information and instructions.
Please comment on this:
NOAA Fisheries’ Anadromous Production and Inland Fisheries Branch, is announcing the availability for public review and comment of the Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination (PEPD) for Salmon and Steelhead Hatchery Programs in the Duwamish-Green River Basin.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Muckleshoot Tribe, and Suquamish Tribe have prepared plans for 10 jointly operated hatchery programs in the Duwamish/Green River region. The proposal, developed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and
Suquamish Tribe, will work to institute increase hatcheries and releases of Chinook Salmon into the Green River which then enter the Salish Sea. The Chinook is the food base for our Southern Resident Orcas which are starving.
The public comment period closes on May 2, 2019.
Written comments on the proposed evaluation and pending determination should be addressed to Charlene Hurst, NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for providing email comments is: nmfs.duwamish-green.hatcheries-PEPD@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Duwamish/Green River hatchery evaluation. The documents are available on the internet at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. Comments received will also be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours by calling (503) 230-5409.
More info at NOAA Fisheries.
Washington state’s House of Representatives released its two year operating budget proposal on Monday, March 25. We applaud the House for taking critical steps to ensure our tax code is balanced and the wealthiest people and corporations pay their fare share. The House also made a number of critical — though modest — investments in our state’s basic needs assistance programs that will help more low-income kids and adults achieve economic stability.
In Washington state, low-income people pay the highest share of their income in taxes, while the wealthiest people and corporations get the biggest breaks. The House budget takes important steps to turn this terrible tax code right-side up through the following proposals: