Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
Thank you to the over 200 supporters who joined our COVID-19 Solidarity Webinar on April 7th. If you weren’t able to join us live, you can watch the webinar recording here! We know that the impacts of both the climate crisis and COVID-19 are disproportionately felt by lower-income, communities of color, and working people. Our labor union and community of color based partners are working tirelessly to support their members who are working on the frontlines of this crisis. Here are ways you can support their calls for emergency justice!
- Got Green: Sign the Emergency Justice Petition
- Community to Community & Familias Unidas Por La Justicia: Call your electeds and ask for Farmworker protections!
- Give to Front & Centered’s Frontline Response Fund
- Give to the Washington State Labor Council’s Foundation for Working Families
- United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21:
- Sign the petition: Gig companies must provide essential protections for essential workers
- Sign the petition: Support our nurses and healthcare workers
- Sign the petition: The federal government must release supplies from the National Strategic Stockpile of protective equipment immediately
- Sign the petition: Grocery Store and Pharmacy workers need childcare support.
- Sign the petition: COVID-19 relief for Macy’s workers!
- Donate unused personal protective gear for healthcare workers.
- Sign the petition: Demand Action and protections for grocery store workers
Some of the most vulnerable people right here in Western Washington are the prisoners at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. This is a privately run for-profit prison where immigrants are detained. Long before the COVID-19 came, many of us were actively protesting:
- most of the prisoners are not criminals (unless you think being born outside of the US is a crime) but rather our valued neighbors, and their families are being torn apart
- nobody should be imprisoned for profit
- the conditions at NWDC have been dismal
- Governor Jay Inslee, 360-902-4111
- David Postman, Chief of Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-902-4112
- Alejandro Sanchez, Special Assistant, Alejandro.Sanchez@gov.wa.gov, 360-902-4124
- Molly Voris, Senior Policy Advisor, Public Health and Health Care, email@example.com, 360-902-0557
On April 1, 2020, the US Census Bureau will perform a point-in-time count of every person living in the United States. The Census, which is performed once every ten years, is a head count of every single person living in the United States. It is the primary way that funding decisions for social services-- like public transportation, hospitals, and schools-- are made by the government. It also informs the make-up of the US House of Representatives, whose 435 seats are distributed based on state population. An accurate census count ensures that Washington's communities will be fairly represented in Congress. In short, Census data will be what is used over the next DECADE to pay for our communities' parks, roads, and schools; fund nonprofits that provide emergency services; and ensure our voices are heard in Congress. You'll want to make sure you're counted too!
Frequent QuestionsWhat do I have to do to complete the Census? By now, you should have received an invitation in the mail from the Census Bureau, with a link and instructions on how to fill out the Census. If you haven't received it by April 1, don't worry-- you can you still complete the Census! There are three ways to complete the Census independently-- online (12 languages + 59 language guides available), by phone (12 languages), or by mail (English and Spanish only). If you don't have the chance to complete it independently, an official Census employee will follow up with you in person. What does the Census look like and what does it ask? The Census is a short, simple questionnaire. It asks basic questions about you and all the people who live in your household with you (partners, children, roommates, siblings, relatives, etc), such as what your race/ethnicities are, how old you are, and whether you rent or own the place you live in. It does NOT ask for your social security number, nor does it ask about anyone's citizenship status. Here's a link to explore the questions asked. Since the Census asks for one response per HOUSEHOLD, we recommend that you designate one person in your household to be the person in charge of making sure that Census gets completed. Of course, everyone else in the household can (and should!) participate in ensuring their own answers are correct. Do I have to respond on April 1? What if I forget? Don't worry! Counting all 300 million Americans is a massive undertaking, and the process will last through June (click here for an official timeline). Even though April 1 is recognized as national "Census Day," you can take the Census before and after that day. Census employees will follow up by phone, mail, and in-person to non-responsive households. How are my answers kept safe? The Census Bureau is bound by law to keep all individual responses completely confidential. Responses will only be used to provide statistics, which then will help the government make funding and representation decisions based on the number of people in each community. For more information on privacy and confidentiality, click here. If you have more questions, the Census Bureau's official website is the best place to visit. And remember, make sure you're counted and complete the Census!
A message from Reverend Dr. William Barber II and Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, the co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival:
So much of this country is in economic free fall in response to COVID-19, while many Americans were already at rock bottom before the virus hit.
We need to ensure that the resources going to address this pandemic meet our needs for universal health care, living wages and work protections, and adequate income and anti-poverty programs—and do not just go to cover the rich. Even the current legislation still isn't enough to address the extent of this crisis.
We need your voice: Sign the petition calling on Congress for a moral response to COVID-19.
We are facing enormous uncertainty and unknowns. Many of us float between being steady and embracing the challenge ahead of us and then drift to a place of fear. We each are searching for ease and normalcy as we navigate the consistency of change. Change is constant. Beloved, however you are doing it, you are doing a good job! We are witnessing the communal pivots that are happening and the call for us to become more of each other’s business while honoring social distancing. We don’t have all the answers but as organizers we believe in gathering the collective. We invite you to come and gather with Side With Love & Love Resists In These Times Webinar on April 2nd 2020 at 6:30pm EST/5:30pm CST/4:30pm MST/3:30 PST. We are witnessing the communal pivots that are happening and the call for us to become more of each other’s business while honoring social distancing. We don’t have all the answers but as organizers we believe in gathering the collective. We invite you to come and gather with Side With Love & Love Resists In These Times Webinar on April 2nd 2020 at 6:30pm EST/5:30pm CST/4:30pm MST/3:30 PST. This moment presents us a window into how communities often on the margins find ways to survive. Whether we look toward Keith LaMar who has spent 27 years in solitary confinement providing tips on how to deal with social distancing or uplifting the work Black Lives Louisville who have been providing mutual aid not only in this time of coronavirus but since 2016, we have the tools to support each other in this moment and beyond. This moment also gives us clearer examples of how society will use a global pandemic to perpetuate racism and xenophobia and prioritize corporations over people. Whether it is from Representative Moulton (MA) proposing a resolution to blame China (call him and tell him NO today) for the coronavirus or our inability to free people in prison and detention in the midst of this global pandemic, or Congress authorizing a $500 billion corporate bailout, we can still take concerted action to transform these unjust systems and demand justice. We have a choice to move closer to dignity and interconnectedness in this moment. Side With Love will create opportunities to share these examples, rest in our collective wisdom, sing and reflect together as we brace for the new realities that are unfolding. Join Us in organizing for justice during the pandemic. Join our Side with Love & Love Resists In These Times Webinar on April 2nd at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT with: UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray & UUSC President Rev. Mary Katherine Morn
- Emma’s Revolution
- Side with Love Campaign Manager Everette Thompson
- Organizing Strategy Director Rev. Ashley Horan
- Charlene Sinclair of Black PAC & Intern Minister First UU Richmond
- A Detention Watch Network Organizer
- Aly Tharp, Program Director, UU Ministry for Earth
- Plus UUs from across our black, brown, LGBTQ and justice networks.
Daily living and working was already dangerous and precarious for hundreds of thousands of farmworkers and immigrants before the onset of COVID-19. ICE has terrorized our communities and powerful growers have suppressed workers' efforts to organize. Generations of environmental racism have contaminated poor neighborhoods and caused lifelong health impacts in communities of color. This pandemic has found a perfect environment to increase our communities' risk of fatality if they contract the virus. The agricultural industry has long refused to implement health and safety protections for farmworkers or worker housing, while state and federal agencies looked the other way. Today, agribusiness is functionally exempt from COVID-19 protocols in Washington State and nationwide.
The responses to this pandemic are leaving out the working poor, and in general the working class, the vulnerable, and otherwise "expendable" people. Our federal and state governments are acting like there is a certain level of acceptable fatalities of agricultural workers -- deemed "essential workers" according to Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation. The responses, and lack of responses, to our demands and objections to "business as usual" by corporate agriculture show us that to them there is an acceptable price the farmworker community must pay to sustain the current profit margins in the agricultural industry. Government at every level is complicit in every worker's death during this pandemic.
5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, Washington 98199
In 1970, in response to disproportionate rates of poverty and little access to necessary health and social services, hundreds of Native activists and their allies occupied Fort Lawton, a recently decommissioned U.S. Army Base. This grueling month long occupation, met with both outside support as well as military and police violence, resulted in activists obtaining a lease to nineteen acres of land in what is now known as Discovery Park, and the eventual creation of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Since our founding in 1970 by beloved leader Bernie Whitebear, United Indians’ has grown to support ten different programs which serve 1,000 clients each year and provide a whole host of critical services and cultural activities.
Join us as we march down Bernie Whitebear Way in recognition of the powerful work of past and present activists in uplifting our Urban Native community, and stay for a free community meal.
Oppose Proposal to Increase Immigration Fees and Limit Fee Waivers. Comments Taken Until February 10th.
We are only 40 days out from the launch of Census 2020 on March 12, as postcards will begin to arrive inviting households to participate. Official Census Day is April 1. In the State of Washington, $16.7B in tax dollars for our communities are at stake, along with our democratic representation in Congress. We cannot afford to miss counting anyone in this census, especially traditionally undercounted communities of color, immigrants, tribes, rural areas, and young children. You can help in three ways right now:
Save the date for a Faith-based Census training on February 19 in Tukwila. Let us know if you'd like to attend by responding to the survey below.
Respond to our survey indicating ways you would like to help with the Census in your faith community and beyond. There ARE people in your faith community who may not be counted without our extra efforts.
Share our part-time Census Coordinator job description - we are accepting applications through February 9. Please download the job description and share with your communities. We see this as a statewide effort and are excited to join a powerful coalition for the Census.
Each year anti-Muslim hate groups spend over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, You Tube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of these hate groups turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America! Yet Muslims and their allies are daily confronted with challenging questions by people captivated by fear, framed in ways that place them at a significant disadvantage. The Faith Over Fear four-hour Ally Training will give you tested strategies to use in response to these challenging questions - and the fears that underlie them.When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA https://www.facebook.com/events/547172202798126/
When a government wants to build a toxic waste incinerator in your neighborhood, bulldoze homes to build smog-producing highways, or run pipelines through ancestral Native American lands, a federal law gives you the right to find out and fight back.
That law is the National Environmental Policy ACT (NEPA), and the fossil fuel industry cronies in the Trump administration just announced plans to gut NEPA’s protections. Earthjustice is taking a stand against changes that would radically undermine NEPA — and we need your help.
More info here.
For Background: In 2008, Washington enacted legislation (RCW 70.235) that set a series of limits on the emission of greenhouse gases within the state: quote:
- By 2020, reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to 1990 levels;
- By 2035, reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to twenty-five percent below 1990 levels;
- By 2050, the state will do its part to reach global climate stabilization levels by reducing overall emissions to fifty percent below 1990 levels, or seventy percent below the state's expected emissions that year. End quote.
- 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2030,
- 70 percent below 1990 levels by 2040, and
- 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, with the goal of net zero emissions. This would mean that any remaining emissions would be offset by sequestration.
Whether you are a seasoned activist or new to race work, we invite folks who identify as White/of European decent to deepen your race awareness and gain tools to take action towards a more equitable, just, and healthy life for all people, in a supportive and creative environment.This highly participatory workshop, featuring Theatre of the Oppressed methods, will be informational, practical (action practice), as well as a chance to do some deep personal and collective work, including ancestor work, cultural appropriation, and more. Our process, despite the seriousness of the topic, can also be quite playful. More No one turned away for lack of funds.
(*There will be a related workshop for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, July 6 -7, 2020, led by Ashnie Butler & Cheryl Harrison. Learn more about the BIPOC Caucus.)
The White Privilege Symposium (WPS) Northwest is an evening followed by a full day event designed to examine patterns, cultures, and systems that contribute to identity, power, and privilege. In examining and challenging concepts of privilege and oppression, WPS Northwest offers solutions and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world.
Special Guest EduTrainer Christian Paige. Registration Opens Feb. 14, 2020
Change Roots is a new organization founded to combat toxic partisanship.
It’s easy to feel powerless given our politics today. It feels like the media, big money and the elite are manipulating the system to their benefit at the expense of everybody else. You’re not wrong. But we can’t let that continue. Each of us can do our small part to make our republic better so that we can all live our best life.
Understand toxic partisanship
There’s nothing inherently bad about being a proud Democrat or Republican. However, it can quickly become damaging when people consider those in the other party to be their enemy. Learning more about how we became so partisan and what forces make us feel that way gives you the skills to prevent yourself and others from becoming dangerously partisan.
Read More About 3 Ways to Make a Difference
April 15-18 -- All In for Climate Justice: People. Power. Planet.
UU United Nations Office Intergenerational Spring Seminar - New York, NY
Send an Intergenerational team from your congregation!!
The cost of Early Registration (December 2 - February 3) for all attendees is $375. Regular registration is open February 4 - March 2 at an increased rate. This year we have a new model in which all attendees pay the same rate, regardless of age. This adjustment moves the Seminar towards being more sustainably funded, with all costs shared between attendees.
Apply by January 27 for a reduced registration rate.
Fight Back Against Harmful Fee Hikes for Permanent Resident and Citizenship Filing:Comments Due by Dec. 31
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is joining partner organizations and people around the country in a comment campaign to oppose a proposal from the Trump Administration that would significantly increase fees immigrant community members have to pay to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a wide range of immigration applications. We are deeply concerned that this proposal will effectively price out tens of thousands of people from being able to obtain critical immigration protections or U.S. citizenship.
Last June, the Department of Homeland Security repealed “Parole in Place,” a policy that prevented deportation of family members of active duty military members, veterans, and reservists. Previously, federal immigration officials allowed servicemembers and veterans the time to pursue paths to legal residency for both themselves and their family members without fear of disruption and separation.
Removing this protection is cruel and inhumane. And it’s a slap in the face to those who have borne the brunt of our often disastrous foreign policies.
Add your name to tell your Senators to cosponsor S. 2797, The Military Family Parole in Place Act, and keep our servicemember and veteran families together.
Service in the armed forces and reserves has been a path to citizenship for generations. Now, the Trump administration is refusing to hold up their end of the deal. This is unfair and underhanded. At a time when very few of us will ever see a battlefield, we must honor our obligations to those who have.
The problems with our current xenophobic immigration policies are large and require big solutions, and this is one thing we can do right now for people who have made an enormous commitment to our country.
Sign the petition NOW.
Win Without War, building a movement dedicated to ensuring the United States acts to uplift and reinforce all peoples’ desire for dignity, prosperity, and self-determination.
UU Ministry for the Earth has several calls to action that have deadlines over the next couple of weeks:
- 1) Submit a Keystone XL Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Public Comment by Nov 18th --www.uumfe.org/2019/11/13/public-comment-needed-now-for-keystone-xl-pipeline-by-nov-18/
- The US State Department just released a draft of its most recent study on the Keystone XL pipeline, and this is your last chance to give a public comment on KXL! All comments must be submitted by November 18th, 2019 (as of today only 400 letters have been sent).
- 2) The US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is seeking public input on climate policy issues -- due by Nov 22nd -- climatecrisis.house.gov/inforequest
- The U.S. House of Representatives created the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to “investigate, study, make findings, and develop recommendations on policies, strategies, and innovations to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis, which will honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations.”
- There is a questionnaire that the Committee needs you to respond to.
- 3) Sunrise Movement is holding another US national climate strike on Dec 6th pushing for a Green New Deal! Support your local youth leadership!! www.sunrisemovement.org/climate-strike
- . . . in Washington Faces New Federal Court Challenge (https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/kalama-methanol-refinery-washington-faces-new-federal-court-challenge-2019-11-12/).
- Sign the WA Department of Ecology petition at: https://www.columbiariverkeeper.org/petition-methanol