Actions of Immediate Witness
Proposed 2022 Actions of Immediate Witness
Anti-Racism and Reparations via Restorative Justice
This AIW will engage UU Congregations in conversation and workshops to claim truth and promote healing of our past legacies in racism, chattel enslavement and genocide, whose consciousness has morphed into this the 21st Century. The core of this AIW is the power of Restorative Justice which is needed by Unitarian Universalists as accountability required by our humanity and expressed by some as the proposed 8th principle. This AIW will put Unitarian Universalism in the forefront of healing our nation from it crimes against humanity.
Read the draft AIW for Anti-Racism and Reparations (PDF).
Contact: Carl McCargo email@example.com; Tanya Roberts tanyaroberts @centurytel.net
Breaching the Snake River Dams
This action would support the removal of the Snake River dams that have been a major contributor to salmon species and Southern Resident Orcas being listed under the Endangered Species Act and devastating to Tribal fishing communities, culture and livelihood.
Read the draft AIW Breaching the Snake River Dams (PDF).
Contact: Deb Cruz, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship and JUUstice Washington, dwcruz @comcast.net
Code Red for Humanity: Protect the Livable Planet We Love – Addressing the Climate Impacts of Military Emissions
This AIW asks Unitarian Universalists to center diplomacy and peace above militarism and war as essential to meeting urgent climate goals that serve the most vulnerable frontline communities. This is in line with what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports describe as CODE RED for HUMANITY and warning that it is NOW or NEVER to act to meet the 1.5℃ (2.7°F) target. We ask Unitarian Universalists to call for action by the Biden Administration, Congress and the United Nations to more effectively address the role of the Department of Defense as the world’s largest institutional contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.
Read the draft AIW Code Red for Humanity: Protect the Livable Planet We Love – Addressing the Climate Impacts of Military Emissions (PDF).
Contact: Cindy Piester, UUJEC Board Member, email: climateworkerbees @ gmail.com
Education: Meet the Moment
This is an Action of Immediate Witness that responds to immediate problems and concerns. Including recent acts of censorship, school violence, and threats of violence. The national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic receives some attention. The Build Back Better plan continues to develop and it includes some important points relevant to child care and education.
Read the draft AIW Education: Justice is Needed (PDF).
Contact: Rev. Robert Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Rights and International Law Must Be Respected Universally Rather than Selectively
The United States government does not at present respect human rights and international law universally; instead, it condemns violations when committed by strategic enemies, but ignores violations committed by the United States or its allies. This hypocrisy regarding the fundamental principles guiding our collective life must be opposed if we are to achieve a world that is truly at peace, and this Action of Immediate Witness, therefore, calls on Unitarian Universalists to petition the United States government to respect human rights and international law universally.
Read the draft AIW Human Rights and International Law Must Be Respected Universally Rather Than Selectively (PDF).
Contact: Curtis Bell, curt.c.bell @gmail.com, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East.
Stop the Privatization of Medicare
Instead of ending the Trump administration’s Medicare privatization program, Direct Contract Entities (DCE), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has merely changed the name to ACO-REACH (Accountable Care Organization–Realizing Equity, Accessibility, and Community Health). However, that is just a friendlier name for a program that allows investment firms without medical experience to control our health care. This directly threatens original Medicare—even more than Medicare Advantage already does. This is currently planned to go into effect in January 2023—so the time to act is now! Join National Nurses United, Healthcare-NOW!, Physicians for a National Health Program in fighting for truly universal health coverage for all.
Read the draft AIW Stop the Privatization of Medicare (PDF).
Contact: Terry Lowman, email@example.com; sponsor: UUJEC Healthcare Task Force
Labor Union Support
This proposed Action of Immediate Witness will express General Assembly support for Starbucks workers as they organize their labor union. Congregations will be asked to use the Labor Day season and the month of September to educate people about opportunities to support labor union organizing and other actions for worker justice.
Read the draft AIW Labor Union Support (PDF).
Contact: Unitarian Universalists for Worker Justice, Rev. Robert Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
We Do Not Consent: Rejecting Legal Challenges to Abortion
As people who have had abortions, as co-conspirators and allies for reproductive justice, and as thoughtful advocates for family well-being, UUs have a moral responsibility to demand and ensure that abortion protections are codified into law. We side with marginalized people who are most harmed by legal and non-legal barriers to comprehensive reproductive health care.
Read the draft AIW for “We Do Not Consent” (PDF).
Contact: Rev. C. Nancy Reid-McKee (she/her), email@example.com and Rev. Dr. Isabel Call, firstname.lastname@example.org.