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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Social Justice

Envisioning a world where justice and compassion cross all borders, we pledge energy and resources to transform ourselves, our community, and the world around us.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson furthers it mission through various programs.  The social action program is one of those.  The program is directed by a Social Action Council which coordinates groups involved in homeless hospitality and social action.  UUCT is active with the No More Deaths movement.

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Summer Social Justice News

There are many things you can do to help others this summer.

1)  Please help Tucson families whose children attend public school, but cannot afford supplies. These supplies will enable our communities children to succeed in school.

Needed:  No. 2 pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, backpacks, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, and 3 ring binders.   There is a box in the Holland Sanctuary Lobby with a yellow label  TUSD on it. For more information, please contact Tanisha Tatum at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2)   On Sunday, June 18, Our Family Services will receive half of all non-pledge income on Share the Plate Day.  Their services include programs that range from affordable apartments for low-income families and individuals, to emergency shelter services for families, couples and singles, to street outreach to runaway, homeless and street-dependent youth.

In trying to build stronger, safer communities, they also offer counseling, services to help elders live independently, information and referral, and a senior companion program.  But perhaps their most unique community services are the Center for Community Dialogue and their mediation services.  The Center offers training and a variety of services to help Southern Arizonans talk about challenging issues in a skilled, civil and respectful way.  The mediation program has, for more than 35 years, helped people resolve family, work or neighbor disagreements without going to court.

To see a complete list of their programs and services, visit their website http://www.ourfamilyservices.org.  Please plan to give generously to support this outstanding community organization.  You might also want to consider volunteering.   Volunteers who give their time and talents are an integral part of Our Family - from volunteer community mediators who help their neighbors resolve their disagreements, to seniors who help other seniors reduce the loneliness in their lives. Counseling and case-management interns can earn school credit and gain valuable experience in their programs working with young people, families or seniors, and opportunities are available for people who speak Spanish.

3) Help Las Tres Amegias.  UUJAZ / Immigration in Action Team has been helping three transgender women while they seek political asylum in the United States.  These three women are out of detention facilities that do not account for their gender identity, but are unable to work until their legal status is confirmed.  This will take at least six months but may last years.  Not only do we need to help these women now as they learn English and go about the daily efforts of acclimatizing to a new culture, but we need to put in place systems to help others who may follow.  Speak to me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Rev Lisa if you have ideas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4) Escape the heat, attend Bisbee pride June 17 & 18, http://www.bisbeepride.com/

5)  Join UUJAZ in Payson, AZ, July 14-16, for our first-ever Young Adult Retreat!
Get together with UU young adults from North, Central, and Southern AZ to spend some time relaxing and some time exploring intersectional organizing! The retreat is designed using resources from #LoveResists, Organizing on the Side of Love, and the UUA Building the World We Dream About curriculum. Our hope is to spark discussion and explore together, as UUJAZ shifts toward an intersectional framework.
All meals will be provided (plus s'mores!). The cost to you is only $30 -- financial assistance is available to those who ask! Email Alison (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if that would be helpful to you or if you have questions.

6) Sign the petition to put the law regarding school vouchers up for a public vote.  Check at the office for the petition or see Beth Britton for more information.  PLEASE check instructions before singing, if your signature goes under the signature line it is invalid and not counted.

7)  SUMMER CAMP!  Social Justice (Family) Camp August 8-12 at Camp de Benneville Pines.  See attached flyer for WTW- Walk the Walk.

8) Going to General Assembly?  Join the social justice conference by registering at http://www.tiny.cc/cUUsan

9)  And remember, UUCT collects food donations for the Community Food Bank and clothing for No More Deaths ALL YEAR LONG.  The food bank donations are in Fuller room across from the kitchen and No More Deaths is in the foyer to Holland Sanctuary.

And the big 10:  Give yourself a hand!  Thank you to everyone who voted, Share the Plate for 2017/18 is:

July 16, 2017-Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona   www.diaperbank.org
August 20, 2017-IRC (International Rescue Committee) www.rescue.org/united-states/tucson-az
September 17, 2017-   UUJAZ http://www.uujaz.org/  
October 22, 2017-Reveille Men's Chorus  www.reveillemenschorus.org
November 19, 2017- Youth on their Own  https://yoto.org/
December 17, 2017  No More Deaths  http://forms.nomoredeaths.org/en/
Holiday Services - Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona  www.communityfoodbank.org
January 21, 2018 - Sister Jose's Women's Shelter  http://srjosewomensshelter.org
February 18, 2017-ICS (Interfaith Community Services)  www.icstucson.org
March 18, 2017-NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health/Tucson) www.namisa.org
April 15, 2017- Sierra Club, Rincon Chapter www.sierraclub.org/arizona/rincon
May 20, 2017- Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter  www.hermitagecatshelter.org
June 17, 2018- Southern Arizona CUUPS  www.facebook.com/SAZCUUPS/

Aug 12-16: Leadership Summit and Camp

UU Justice Ministry of California and UU Justice of Arizona are excited to present our 2017 Walking Leadership Summit and Camp from August 12th through August 16th at Camp de Benneville Pines in the San Bernardino mountains.  

This exciting opportunity is open to all UUs interested in social justice, allowing them to meet other UUs from California and Arizona to develop knowledge and skills to strengthen your congregation's social justice program and grow as social justice leaders. The extended program length incorporates time for reflection and rejuvenation with numerous activities available at the camp. Families are welcome and discounts are available for youth!

Registration and additional information is available  at uujmca.org/walkingthewalk

Social Justice Council Schedule

Here is the summer schedule of our monthly meetings. All are at noon after Sunday services in the Servetus Room:

June 25th, July 23 and August 13.

 Action Alerts will continue to be emailed out unless I receive notice that you don't wish to receive them during a certain period. Alerts are typically sent out as we receive them from the UUA, UUSC, UUJAZ, and the Southern Arizona Sanctuary Coalition.  Please check for related news in our monthly newsletter (Tucsonitarian) which is published online on the first or second day of each month.

Thanks for continued interest,

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