Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
Our house is on fire and Washington State’s senators aren’t putting it out! We must convince them to extinguish the fire by supporting the Green New Deal. But that will take large-scale, disruptive, direct action - and we need your help! Can you join us in planning our largest action to date to put out the fire? Democracies function when our elected officials listen to the people who elected them. But after multiple visits to our senators’ offices, we still haven’t received a reason why they won’t support the Green New Deal. Every day they delay, our future becomes graver. They need to take action now. The only way they will do that is if we convince them this December through actions like this one! To plan our biggest action yet, we need help from you to recruit other young people to join us, make artwork and posters, gather supplies, spread the word via social media, and much more. To help plan this fun, firefighter themed action, please take 30 seconds to fill out this 5 question form. We can’t do this without your help! Sunrise Movement Seattle sunrisemovement.org Facebook Twitter Instagram
It is quiet right now in the Legislature, which makes it the perfect time to reach out to our Representatives and Senators and let them know what is important to us.See leg.wa.gov site for their contact information. I am suggesting three issues that may resonate with JUUstice Washington members. This list is one guy’s best guess of those few priorities that have-
- had some traction in the 2000 - 2019 legislatures;
- been or currently are priorities for our justice allies, and
- have precedent in other states or jurisdictions.
- Clean Fuel Standards - 2019 House Bill 1110 - Passed the House, Active in the Senate
- Mitigation measures to preserve the Southern Resident Orcas - Supported by the Governor and an active issue in 2019
- Eliminate Cash Bail in Washington State - Cash Bail imprisons the poor, who cannot post bail from family resources.
Legislative Advocacy Action Team
As the chaos in the world increases, most ideas of the future become fatalistic. Yet, the situation only seems “hopeless” when viewed from the narrow logic of a collapsing world view. Old ways of seeing the world are blocking more vital paths of imagination, vision and healing. The point is not simply evolution or progress, rather there needs to be a collective rite of passage that transforms our world view. Transformation is required to move us from despair and overwhelm to awakening and imagination. We are either on the way to transformation or on the road to greater tragedy. The agony of the earth calls for each of us to defeat the growing alienation and isolation of life in order to become more human and be more present. The issue is not the pretension of “saving the planet,” but rather finding deeper ways of serving the earth. This world, despite all its troubles, remains a place of ongoing creation. Yet, creation can only work through the souls of those alive at a given time. What we learn from mythic stories and imagination is how our human nature can make us part of the ground of being and the vital pulse of the living world. Join us for an evening of myths of renewal, tales of transformation, and a resounding call to find unity and wholeness in this time of conflict and confusion. Tickets: $15 General / $10 Student. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham WA 3pm and 7:30pm. Choir of the Salish Sea, with guests the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Chalice Choir, presents a thrillingly eclectic choral program of healing and reconciliation for all the diverse people who call Whatcom County, Washington home. With songs from the Latinx, Japanese, Punjabi, Chinese, Indigenous and European communities, and music representing movements for peace and social justice in America, Africa and the Middle East, this concert will have you singing, crying, laughing and dancing in the aisles. Tickets $20/$5, available online from brownpapertickets.com: 3:00 pm performance at and the 7:30 pm performance. Photo by Paul Conrad, Bellingham Herald, 2018.
How a People’s Uprising Shut-Down the World Trade Organization in ‘99 & Why it Matters for Today’s Movements for Justice
Today in Seattle, and around the world, social movements are taking to the streets, striking, locking down, and engaging in multiple forms of direct action. These tactics build collective power to transform the intersecting crises of our times into opportunities for equity, healing, and sustainability.
Join the WTO+20 gathering (20th Anniversary of the WTO protests!) for hands-on direct action training, arts workshops, story-telling, and opportunities to plug into local organizing! Activists who were part of the 1999 mobilization will share stories and lessons learned from the people’s movement which made history by successfully preventing the WTO - one of capitalism’s most powerful global institutions - from further consolidating its power. And we will hear from leaders of today’s movements for justice, from Washington farm workers to global alliances.
When: Sat. Nov. 30th, 9am to 4pm
Where: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle
The UUA's Organizing Strategy Team is cooking up a plan to support all of us as we #UUtheVote in 2020. UUs have deep history working for justice in the streets and on the ballot, and in partnership with people of all backgrounds as we fight for our democracy. This year, our values and our principles are more at stake than ever before and we're wanting to make sure we do all we can so that our friends, neighbors, cities, and towns #votelove. While some of it will be new, a lot of our work will be connecting to and supporting what so many of us are already doing. Based on that, would you take 5 minutes to fill out a survey to help the core team design what's going to be most useful and make the most impact this year? Click here to give us your input about #UUtheVote2020 <https://forms.gle/7czX34vKARzSrMUf6>! Your input will make sure that we put our efforts in the best places with the right focus possible. In faith and solidarity, The UUA Organizing Strategy Team
Snohomish County Sheriff Candidate Forum: A Conversation on Police Accountability October 18, 6:30 PM Snohomish County Administration (East)/Robert J. Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett
Kitsap Co/Olympic Peninsula Cluster Gathering October 19, 12-2 PM Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1033 N Barr Rd, Port Angeles
Seattle/King County Candidate Forum October 19, 10 AM - 2 PM Asian Counseling and Referral Services, 3639 MLK Jr. Way S, Seattle
Federal Way General Election Forum October 23, 6-9 PM Calvary Lutheran Church, 2415 S 320th St, Federal Way
Bellevue City Council Candidates Forum October 23, 7-9 PM East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd St, Bellevue
Redmond City Council and Mayoral Candidates Forum October 24, 6-8 PM Muslim Association of Puget Sound, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond
Yakima Cluster Gathering October 27, 2-4 PM Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima, 225 N 2nd St, Yakima
Downtown Seattle/Central District Cluster Gathering October 28, 6:30-8:30 PM First United Methodist Church, 180 Denny Way, Seattle
North King County Cluster Gathering October 29, 7-9 PM Journey Christian Church, 1933 NE 125th St, Seattle
Seattle City and King County Council Candidates Forum October 23, 7-9 PM St. Edward Church, 4205 S Orcas St, Seattle
November ballots are arriving soon! Initiative 1000 was passed in the 2019 state legislative session as a way to return affirmative action measures to Washington State, bringing equity to employment, contracting, and education for women, veterans, small businesses, and people of color. Now the vote has been brought to the people, and we are asking folks to look for Referendum 88 and APPROVE I-1000. The language around Referendum 88 and I-1000 has been confusing over the past year, so we wanted to show you an example of the language in the ballot (as posted in "The Stand") so you can familiarize yourself with what it is asking:
As it states in the second sentence, I-1000 helps "remedy discrimination...without the use of quotas or preferential treatment." It asks whether I-1000 should be approved or rejected. We hope you will stand for equity in our state by filling in "APPROVED" this November! Please contact us if you need further clarification on the language of the ballot or what I-1000 and affirmative action would mean for the marginalized in our state. For more information, see the WA Fairness website or Facebook page.
The Sound Alliance, in King and Pierce Counties, is made up of faith, labor, and community organizations dedicated to building a base of every day citizen leaders to effectively stand for change they want to see in their communities. Join us for this 9-hour training to learn our organizing model and to be a part of our work for the common good! The Institute provides content based on the philosophy and practices developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in 80 years of organizing experience. The topics include:
- Why Organize? – Examine the history, traditions, and values of our labor, faith, community and educational organizations.
- Fundamental Organizing Skills – Learn tools to conduct individual relational meetings, listening sessions, research, negotiations and action to help obtain a concrete, winnable outcome.
- Strengthening Our Institutions - Engage people systematically in a culture that is relational, action-oriented and reflective.
- Problem vs. Issues – Focus from general problems to concrete, winnable issues by using relational power in the public arena to negotiate for the common good.
- Participants from Sound Alliance member organizations: FREE
- Participants NOT from Sound Alliance member organizations: $50.00 (can be applied to future organizational membership dues)
- Lunch will be provided on Saturday. We are asking for a $10 donation to offset costs.
- Free parking
Rail Bite #5 - SR will cut Greenhouse Gas EmissionsOur Solutionary Rail Team has compiled Rail Bite 5 on "Solutionary Rail as a solution to Greenhouse Gas Emissions." Rail Bites are easy to digest morsels of info for busy policymakers, educating them on different aspects of electrified freight rail. Please share this with your elected officials and policymakers working on transportation, energy, and climate - and don't forget to SHARE on social media. Sign up to be a SR Ambassador and keep the momentum building!
Below is a request from Lummi Nation. As some of you may know, Lummi Nation is seeking the return of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita). For those of you who don’t know, Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) is the last remaining Orca that was brutally taken in the 1970s raids on the J, L, K pods from Penn Cove. Over 40 Orca youth were taken from our waters and dispersed to various aquarium around the world. Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) is growing older now and is near retirement from the aquarium. She has spent all but 4 years of her life (about 43 years) in a small concrete tank. She still remembers her pod’s songs. Lummi Nation has been trying to get Miami Seaquarium to release her and let her come home to spend her remaining years in the waters of her home and with her family (her mother is still alive). She will be kept in a special sanctuary and a detailed plan has been worked out to bring her home and secure her for the remainder of her life.
You can find more information here: https://sacredsea.org/skalichelhtenaut/. Take a few minutes to read and watch some of the videos, especially the link to the trailer for a documentary (https://vimeo.com/266726774).“We will be together in prayer for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut next Thursday, October 10, at 9:30am. We are asking you all to join us from wherever you are. Please say her name, please pray in your own way, please carry her in in your heart. We want Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut to feel our love, we want to send her hope and strength. Please pray for Miami Seaquarium to do the right thing and work in a good way with us to bring her home in 2020. Hy’shqe.”Statement from Raynell Squil-le-he-le Morris and Ellie Tah-Mahs Kinley, the two Lummi tribal women intending to sue Miami Seaquarium, Palace Entertainment, and EQT, for the return of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut. (Tokitae/Lolita). Miami Seaquarium has until October 25, 2019 (90 days from the date of the letter of intent) to respond.
As we prepare for November elections, Candidate Forums are an opportunity to hear from candidates about the issues that matter most to you. We hope you will join us for a FAN-sponsored candidate forum in October, and share the flyers in your community:
- Seattle Candidate Forum on Police Accountability October 16, 6:30-8:30 PM Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle
- Snohomish County Sheriff Candidate Forum: A Conversation on Police Accountability October 18, 6:30 PM Snohomish County Administration (East)/Robert J. Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett
- Federal Way Candidate Forum October 23, 6-9 PM Calvary Lutheran Church, 2415 S 320th St, Federal Way
- Bellevue City Council Candidate Forum October 23, 7-9 PM at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd St, Bellevue
- City of Spokane 2019 Candidate Forum October 5, 10 AM - 12 PM East Central Community Center, 500 S Stone St, Spokane
- Vancouver Candidate Forum October 9, 5:30-7:30 PM Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver
- Seattle City Council District 3 and King County Council District 2 Candidate Forum October 9, 6:30-8:30 PM Immaculate Conception Church, 820 18th Ave, Seattle
- Kirkland City Council Candidate Forum October 14, 7-8:30 PM Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland
- Seattle City Council District 1 Candidate Forum October 14, 7-9 PM Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 7000 35th Ave SW, Seattle
- Battle Ground Candidate Forum October 16, 5:30-7:30 PM Dollars Corner Fire Station, 21609 NE 72nd Ave, Battle Ground
- Camas Candidate Forum October 23, 5:30-7:30 PM Camas Public Library, 625 NE 4th Ave, Camas
- Seattle City Council District 2 Candidate Forum October 23, 7-9 PM Edward Church, 4205 S Orcas St, Seattle
|Our youth led the way and propelled the Climate Strikes into one of the largest climate strikes in history. We want to center the brilliance and power of our youth and encourage you to build with local youth-led movements and create relationships in an effort to learn and adapt. We’re in awe of the images from around the world, demonstrating the fierce urgency of this movement. UUs came out in the thousands across the country. Our movement is energized! We’re grateful to the youth who are leading this movement around the world and we’re dedicated to continuing to follow their leads and remain committed to fighting for their future now. And as we celebrate what we achieved, we know we have the capacity for more and we are preparing. We have a What's Next? webinar planned for 10/16 so register now.|
The sheer power of the people resisting at this moment is breathtaking. Millions mobilized around the world to demand that our governments address the climate emergency. Thank you for your part in the Global Climate Strikes. We’re in awe of the images from around the world, demonstrating the fierce urgency of this movement. UUs came out in the thousands across the country. Our movement is energized! We’re grateful to the youth who are leading this movement around the world, we’re dedicated to continue to follow their leads and remain committed to fighting for their future now.
And as we celebrate what we achieved this past week, we know we have the capacity for more and we are preparing. We have a What's Next? webinar planned for 10/16 so register now. Below are the three main things we need everyone to do.
Across the United States, over 5,700 indigenous women were reported missing in 2016 alone, with only 116 of those cases logged into the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) missing persons database. This statistic is the tip of the iceberg of the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis.
But while seven states have taken steps to pass legislation to improve reporting mechanisms and data collection, and increase inter-agency collaboration, any such MMIW legislation has not passed on a federal level.
Read more here and sign the petition, please.
Dowd and Barlow are very popular among UU congregations all across the U.S. as they have managed to weave science and religion together into a coherent thought. There are still opportunities to engage these speakers.
More info at: http://www.thegreatstory.org/