Vote Tomorrow!

Please go out and vote tomorrow! Voting is one of the most important civic duties and responsibilities of American citizens! Yes, I know it often feels like it doesn’t make a difference, but if everyone in the 99% voted, it wouldn’t matter what the 1% wanted. Go vote!

Tentative Posting Calendar

I am thinking about creating a posting calendar for this blog, so that you, the readers, can expect certain topics on certain days of the week. I would, of course, make exceptions for breaking news, upcoming events, and holidays. Here is a tentative posting calendar:

Monday: Gender and Sexual Orientation
Tuesday: Peace
Wednesday: Prison and Drug War
Thursday: Environment
Friday: Mental Health

I know this is not all-encompassing, leaving out specific mention of anti-racism, anti-torture, and many other worthy social justice topics. I would hope to cover these topics and more on closely-related days. What do you all think? Do you like the calendar? Should I choose different topics?

Holding Working Meetings?

We are thinking of holding regular work meetings for the Social Justice Committee. We would meet somewhere comfortable with our laptops and contact legislators and officials, write letters, and generally work on social justice issues.

Please answer in the comments: Would you be interested in attending such a meeting in Idaho Falls? If yes, do you think it should be instead of or in addition to our current monthly Sunday meeting? Where would you like to meet and how often? What is a good time for you to meet?

 

What are your social justice interests?

I am curious as to what your social justice interests are. Please take a few moments and let me know what you are most interested in. Your answers are anonymous.

Free Movie Showing Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, April 30, at 7 pm at the Centre-Twin Theater in downtown Idaho Falls, the Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a free showing of The House I Live In, an award-winning documentary about the U.S. prison system and the war on drugs. The movie will be followed by a live panel discussion with local community members about the movie.

 

New Mission Statement and Blog Updates

The Social Justice Committee is newly energized and hard at work! We have a new mission statement and lots of plans for social justice work in the Idaho Falls area. We have changed a few things about the blog, and hope to make a few more updates in the coming days. Check out the new site menu at the top of every page!

Our new mission statement (can also be found on our About page):

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Idaho Falls created the social justice committee to promote non-violent conflict resolution for a more peaceful world.

The Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee has 5 simple goals:

  1. To support development of human potential.
  2. To proactively promote conflict prevention, non-violent intervention and peaceful resolution.
  3. To recognize and redirect institutionalized biases. These include those that advance inequality based on gender, sexual identity, ethnic/racial identity, or religion.
  4. To promote a non-combatant lifestyle to preserve altruistic understandings as opposed to fear-based reactions.
  5. To make people smile.

Thanksgiving

Working for social justice doesn’t pause, even for one day, and there are many people who cannot celebrate today properly with their families — maybe they don’t have enough money for Thanksgiving dinner, maybe they are far away from their families, or maybe they don’t get along with their families. But let us pause for a moment, and give thanks for our gratitudes. I believe that everyone is grateful for *something*, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant.

What are you thankful for?

Election Day

Go Vote!

Have you voted?

Tomorrow is Election Day

The most important thing is to vote — we live in a democracy, let’s keep it that way by exercising our right and our privilege tomorrow.

If you aren’t sure about how to vote, the one place you should visit today or tomorrow is your local library — your local newspaper is there, listing all the candidates, and your local ballot is there, letting you know what to expect at the ballot box.

But the most important thing you can do tomorrow — VOTE!

Since I started writing this post, I learned that there is one group of adult citizens who cannot in many cases vote. This is disenfranchisement on a grand scale, and no one notices.

If you have been convicted of a felony, you are not able to vote until you have completed all the requirements of your sentencing (including prison time, probation and parole). In some states, your voting rights are then automatically restored to you. In other states, you must petition to have them restored. If you have been convicted of a felony, please find out if you are eligible to vote. If you are able to do so, please vote. If you are not able to do so, please find out how you can become eligible again once your sentencing requirements are completed.

One more thing, if you are able to vote, Free Press, a media reform group, is asking people who can to record their experiences at their polling place. Read about it at Your Right to Record.

United Nations Day

English: Emblem of the United Nations. Color i...

English: Emblem of the United Nations. Color is #d69d36 from the image at http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/maplib/flag.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The United Nations was founded on October 24, 1945. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 1971, asking member states to observe October 24 as a public holiday.

UU churches celebrate UN Day on the last Sunday in October on United Nations Sunday, and celebrate the UU-United Nations Office (UU-UNO).

Learn more about United Nations Day and United Nations Sunday at the UU-UNO website.

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