Justice

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Justice Team

UUCM’s active Justice Team supports the congregation’s learning and action toward a more compassionate, sustainable and just community and world. The Justice Team helps focus UUCM’s justice initiatives through the work of task forces voted on by the congregation in January, as well as through Rapid Response opportunities, urgent calls for action that arise throughout the year. New task forces may arise during the year as need, passion, and support surface.

Justice News: Join the “Get Out- the Vote Postcard Club”

The UUCM Bending the Arc Task Force invites you to be a charter member of our new “Get Out the Vote Postcard Club.”

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Each month from June through mid-October members will be provided with a packet of 20 postcards, stamps and addresses. Members who are able cover the $10 cost per packet. Members who want to support the effort but not write postcards can be “funding members” and support costs for fellow club members for whom cost is an issue.

Anyone can join the club – UUCM community, your family, friends, or anyone who wants to help counter voter suppression and the assaults on our democracy.

Imagine the impact: 30 club members doing 1 packet per month will generate 3,000 voters through October. 50 members = 5,000 contacted. 70 = 7,000!

For more information or to join the club, contact Gail Johnson Vaughan at gail@gjv4kids.com.

Justice Task Forces

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Bending the Arc Toward Racial Justice

UUCM’s Challenging White Privilege (CWP) Task Force has updated its name and its particular areas of focus! It is now the Bending the Arc Toward Racial Justice Task Force. By any name, this Task Force works to reduce the effects of white privilege and systemic racism while increasing justice, equity, and compassion, helping UUCM and […]

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Nisenan Task Force

The UUCM Nisenan Project Team (A UUCM Justice Task Force) Supports foothill Nisenan Tribe efforts to stabilize their people and reinstate federal recognition Provides educational opportunities for the congregation and community Organizes UUCM members/friends in support of the Nisenan with presence at their events Informs the community and invites support regarding indigenous issues and actions […]

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Stop the Mine Task Force

UUCM’s Stop the Mine Task Force advocates, supports, and organizes UUCM’s informed opposition to the proposed Rise Gold Mine in Grass Valley. A corporation originating in Canada proposes to reopen one of the largest gold mines in the world after it failed over 70 years ago (the Idaho-Maryland Mine). Rise Gold Corp. wants to build […]

Supporting Our Community

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Share the Plate

Each month UUCM dedicates 25% of the undesignated offerings collected in the Sunday services to a local organization doing good in our wider community, organizations whose work matches our Unitarian Universalist values. The Justice Team determines which organizations to support each year. Recent Share the Plate recipients have included: Child Advocates of Nevada County Citizens […]

Rapid Response: When the time is now!

When UUCM members and friends are called to respond quickly and nimbly to injustice in areas that fall outside the work of the Task Forces, the Justice Team mobilizes a Rapid Response.

Currently, a UUCM Rapid Response requires only the agreement of the Minister and Justice Co-leaders.  The Justice Team is outlining a process that will invites members to suggest action and, if sanctioned, to lead that action.  

The procedure is a work in process, but will likely look something like this: 

  1. A member who becomes aware of a justice-related event that warrants response, or a public action in which UUCM might join, contacts a designated member of the Justice Team by phone or email, identifying the need, the reason to respond, and possible responses. 
  2. The Justice contact person clarifies the nature of the proposed rapid response with the proposer, confirming that it is time critical. The contact person seeks to quickly contact a leader of the Justice Team and the minister to request their consideration and potential approval.  
  3. Given approval, the proposer is responsible for organizing any needed response consistent with the proposal, and the Justice Team helps to get word out to members and friends.  

Watch for news and updates from the Justice Team!