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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Mar 8: Social Justice


We welcome diversity. We commit to undo racism and all other oppressions in  ourselves, our church, and our community.


Social Justice

2nd Saturdays @ 11am, Social Justice Council: 
The Social Justice Council meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11am.  All are invited to participate.
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Commitment to Anti-Oppression, Equity, Inclusiveness & Diversity
Section 1: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson declares and affirms its responsibility to become anti-oppressive and equitable and to serve the full diversity of those who resonate with our theological tradition.
Our flame of love and justice requires our active and deep commitment to the flourishing and full inclusion of Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, and members of other historically marginalized groups.
We hold our Board of Trustees, Ministry Leadership, staff, members and friends accountable and active in promoting, engaging, reflecting upon, and implementing measurable systemic changes to dismantle oppression, racism, and white supremacy culture. 
Topic: Article X - Second Hour
Time: Mar 13, 2022 12:00 PM Arizona
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Our Share the Plate for the month of March is Youth On Their Own: YOTO
The Problem
YOTO’s chief focus is education, specifically a high school diploma, as a tool to break the cycle of poverty. Arizona currently has the 2nd worst graduation rate among the 50 US states (NCES, 2018-2019 school year data) and over 5,600 homeless students have been identified in Pima County (Arizona Department of Education, 2014). Graduation rates for youth experiencing homelessness are extremely low due to the stress they face with their daily circumstances. Without the stability of a home and support of a family, youth experiencing homelessness face unique barriers to education such as the inability to meet school enrollment requirements, high mobility/instability, lack of transportation, poor health, fatigue, and hunger. When these challenges are not addressed, youth are unable to enroll in or attend school, preventing them from obtaining the education that is both their legal right and their best hope for escaping poverty.
Our Solution
Youth On Their Own (YOTO) supports the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness in Pima County. We strive to eliminate barriers to education and empower housing insecure youth in our community to stay in school. For over 35 years, we have supported this unique demographic by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, guidance, and more. With the help of our amazing YOTO Family, YOTO has supported over 20,000 local youth in their journeys toward high school graduation!
Cafe Justo!
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are always going. This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 
Please contact Sue Watts for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As most of you know, the SJC (Social Justice Council), on the last Tuesday of every month, collect hard boiled eggs, other food items, good used clothing, towels, toiletries, pet food and other suitable items for one of our favorite non profits, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Every day, Casa Maria feed up to 500 hungry homeless and low income Tucsonans. Many members of our congregation make hard boiled eggs, and meet a UUCT volunteer at our church, on the last Tuesday of each month, between 8 and 9 am. 
 Each month, a UUCT member can sign up to drive along with donations for an unforgettable tour of Casa Maria. 
If you would like more information about our UUCT commitment with Casa Maria, please email Sue Watts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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