Advocacy & Action

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Social Justice

People Acting Together in Howard (PATH): http://www.path-iaf.org/ 
PATH is an interfaith county-wide organization that seeks to influence local public policy on various issues of concern to its member congregation, such as affordable housing and access to health care for all. UUCC is a member congregation supporting PATH through a congregational financial commitment and through volunteers.

UU Service Committee: www.uusc.org
Grounded in our UU principles, UUSC was founded in 1940 to help rescue those at risk from Nazi Germany. Today it continues the struggle for human rights around the world seeking economic justice (including a living wage in the U.S.), environmental justice (the right to water in the U.S., South Africa, Ecuador), civil liberties (Iraq, Afghanistan), and the protection of rights when natural disasters strike (Haiti). UUSC is a membership-based organization ($40).  Because more than 25% of UUCC members are also members of the UU Service Committee, UUCC has been honored as a member of UUSC's “Creating Justice” Banner Society. The UU Service Committee has also honored UUCC with the James Luther Adams Award because of our annual budgeted congregational financial gift.

UUA Advocacy and Witness: http://www.uua.org/socialjustice/index.shtml
The UUA's Social Justice program helps to take Unitarian Universalist values into the wider world. We work to insert Unitarian Universalist perspectives into public debates on the matters of the day through our media advocacy, through working in partnerships with other religious and secular organizations who share our viewpoints, and through empowering local congregations to do the same. Four staff units -- the Washington Office for Advocacy, Congregational Advocacy and Witness, Office of International Resources and the Holdeen India Project – help congregations advocate for GLBT equality, environmental justice, immigration justice and reproductive justice. During a 4-year process, the UUA helps congregations with a study/action issue approved by General Assembly. At the end of the 4 years, congregations at GA vote to make the issue a Statement of Conscience.

UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland: http://www.uulmmd.org/ 
UULM-MD is a statewide advocacy network of Unitarian Universalists who seek to influence Federal and state legislation that is in concert with UU princiiples. UULM-MD partners with national UU organizations such as the UUA and UUSC to mobilize advocacy and education efforts. UULM is a membership-based organizations that also receives an annual budgeted congregational contribution.

UU's for Social Justice: www.uusj.org
UUSJ is a regional partnership of UU congregations, organizations and individuals in the Baltimore,Washington and Northern Virginia areas that is committed to our religious principles of individual dignity, justice and compassiom in human relations and social and economic justice. UUSJ partners also with the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland, the UU Service Committee and other regional social service and social justice groups in the Joseph Priestley District of the UUA.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture: http://www.nrcat.org/
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a membershiporganization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored and U.S.-enabled torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January 2006, over 280 religious groups have joined NRCAT, including representatives from the Roman Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline Protestant, Unitarian, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communities. Members include national denominations and faith groups, regional organizations and congregations. The Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture (WRRCAT) is the local regional chapter (http://www.wrrcat.org)

 


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Environment

Rainforest Action Network: http://www.ran.org/
Chesapeake Climate Action Network: http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/
Carbon Fund: http://www.carbonfund.org/
Population Media Center: http://www.populationmedia.org/
UU Ministry for Earth: http://uuministryforearth.org/cgi/news.cgi
Howard County Conservancy: http://www.hcconservancy.org/
US EPA Resources for Students and Educators: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/students.htm 
Maryland Environmental Education: http://www.mde.state.md.us/CitizensInfoCenter/environmental_education/index.asp
Howard County Commission on the Environment: http://www.co.ho.md.us/OES/OES_Homepage.htm
Annie Leonard's "Story of Stuff": http://www.storyofstuff.com/

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