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UUJEC Now Has Online Membership

Joining UUJEC has never been easier -- you can now join online.  Either way, UUJEC will put your dollars to work keeping you informed about economic justice news, and projects and programs like our new "Economically Just Congregations" effort.  Our UU faith is founded on shared values of promoting democracy and the dignity of every individual -- the bedrock principles of UUJEC.  Visit our "Join Us" page online, and see for yourself how easy it is to support the work of UUJEC.


Breaking Commentary from Robert Reich: 
This is no April Fool’s joke. Today, in a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court in “McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission,?went beyond “Citizen’s United?to strike down overall limits on how much an individual may contribute in one election cycle to innumerable federal candidates and to party committees. Overturning 40 years of national policy and 38 years of judicial precedent, the Court’s decision allows federal officeholders to solicit and individual donors to pour as much as $3.6 million directly into federal campaigns every election cycle ?buying unparalleled personal influence in Washington and drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens. (It gives me no satisfaction that I testified against John Roberts at his confirmation hearing years ago.) This is the most brazen invitation to oligarchy in Supreme Court history. 

In my view, we must amend the Constitution to establish once and for all that (1) money is not speech under the First Amendment, (2) corporations are not people, and (3) we the people have the right to set limits on how much money individuals and corporations can spend on elections. You with me?







External Links


UUJEC FacebookCheck out the UUJEC Facebook page

The Weekly Sift - Weekly commentary on economics, politics and society from UU writer Doug Muder

UUA Releases Statement on Faithful Budget and Occupy Protests - "Unitarian Universalists across the country are joining with other faith communities to ask Congress for a just and compassionate federal budget, a faithful budget."




The Occupy Movement

Sermons on the Occupy Movement

occUUpy - The Facebook page for UUs in support of the Occupy movement

Occupy Photos - Selected inspiration from the web


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uuoccupy/  This Yahoo discussion group is for UU's to communicate about how to facilitate our involvement in the Occupy Boston/Wall Street Movement.

Occupy the Holidays ?Discussing the Occupy Movement with Family Over Thanksgiving and the Holidays
- Suggestions and discussion of how to best do this.  Feel free to add to the conversation.

UUA President Releases Statement on Occupy Wall Street Protests
- "Unitarian Universalism embodies a long tradition of working for economic justice and workers' rights. Today is another opportunity for us to live our faith, and the Occupy protests are a first step on the road to repairing our country."

Open Letter of Support for the Occupy Movement from the UUSC - Please read and consider signing it.

District Clergy Letter of Support for the Occupy Movement

UUA Board listens, Learns at Occupy Boston

The Protest Chaplains - good resource for ministers interested in acting as protest chaplains.

UUJeff - Rev. Jeff Liebermann's blog on economic justice and the Occupy movement

Occupy Wall St - The Revolution is Love - Inspiring YouTube video

Love and Shadow in the Occupy Movement - Another YouTube video

Unitarian Universalists Nurture Occupy Protesters

Two Churches become Occupy sites - UUWorld article.  The churches mentioned are in Ogden Utah, and Grand Rapids Michigan

UU Church offers Occupy Fort Myers its property

Pancho's message to the 100%
  "We are the 99 percent facilitating the healing of the 100 percent"

Beyond the Occupation:  Why the Claring of Zuccotti Park Doesn't matter  - "
That is why I call Occupy Wall Street a spiritual rather than a political movement."

When Hope Comes Back  - A Poem for the 99 Percent by Josh Healey

A Church Sanctuary for the Occupy Movement  - from Jim Wallis

A Seattle Pastor reflecting on his "baptism" by pepper spray

Why I was Arrested at Occupy Oakland  - reflections from a UU minister

The Prophets Among Us - Dan McKanan "The similarities between radical activism and religion help explain why religious institutions and ideas have made vital contributions to every movement for social change in the United States"

Rev. Neal Jones speaks at Common Ground (19 minute video)

Spiritual Message of the Occupy Movement - Driving out the Money Changers, Once Again


Occupy Sermons

Join the Losers: Shame, Pride, and the 99%  - by Doug Muder

Occupying Our Time  - by Rev. Edmund Robinson

Reclaiming Democracy - Dorothy Emerson

Occupy!  - Rev. Diane Dowgiert

Our System is Broken and Can the Occupy Movement Help Us Fix It? - Rev. David A. Miller (check this blog for other related content)

Occupy San Diego - Brokenness and Hope - Rev. David A. Miller

Occupy! Occupy?  - Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo

Occupy Ogden - Rev. Theresa Novak (other Occupy related posts are on their Facebook page)

In Praise of Troublemakers  - from Rev. James Ford


UUJEC's Action Priorities for 2013-14

Click on any of the priorities listed below for more information and contact names.

Amend the Constitution: Corporations are not Persons and Money is not Speech  

To implement this 2013 Action of Immediate Witness, UUJEC continues to work with Move To Amend to call for an amendment to the U.S. constitution..

Economic Inequality  

Please read the proposed Congregational Study-Action Issue on “Escalating Inequality?at http://uua.org/statements/current/index.shtml.  This will be in the Congregational Poll (Nov 1-Jan 31), then voted on at GA in Providence in June.  

Global Trade   

NAFTA needs to be renegotiated to include labor, the environment and consumer protection people at the table in numbers equal to those from business.  

Healthcare For All  

In 2008 UUJEC led the passage of an AIW on “Single Payor Health Care.?/span>  

Immigration  

UU Congregations are doing a wide range of activities to support reform.  Educating folks on the issues is key.  

Minimum Wage  

The minimum wage is a pressing topic to help counter inequality across the country from NYC to Seatac, WA and in the US Congress. 

 

Rethinking Psychiatry  

Create more hopeful, humane and effective mental health care. 


State Banks / Community Banks

Encourage state banks and strengthen community banks and credit unions.


Want to do more?


Consider holding a “Write Here, Right Now?event at your congregation. Set up a table and spread around paper andpens along with sample letters and background materials. Look below for your issues and UUJEC contacts.

To keep up with economic justice issue, we recommend you read: YES! Magazine, The Nation, John Nichols and Robert W. MacChesney’s Dollarocracy, Richard Wolff’s, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, listen to Bill Moyers and Co. on NPR and PBS and for provocative discussion show the excellent documentary Inequality For All by Robert Reich, now showing in theaters, in your congregation and hold a study series using UUJEC’s Economic Justice curriculum.  Contact: Carl McCargo, uujec2008@comcast.net. 




News and Spiritual Resources
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For more information on each of these topics including e-mail contact information, click here.



Email Newsletter
The UUJEC internet newsletter is sent out about once a month. It will contain the latest news on economic justice and UUJEC. To get on the mailing list for the newsletter, send an email to here


Roles and Opportunities for the UUJEC
By Mike Ignatowski

UUJEC seeks volunteer Board members and committee members
Are you an advocate for social and economic justice? Consider joining the members of the Unitarian Universalist for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC). Board members serve three (3) year terms and committee members serve one year terms. We meet once a month usually by phone. However, there are opportunities to meet face-to-face once or twice a year. We want YOU! For more information call 503-665-3957 or marciajmeyers@yahoo.com


YOUR TURN (#4)
Your Turn! A journal uniting the grassroots. A journal of the Great Turning among Unitarian Universalists.

Excerpts from "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community" by David Korten
We must begin to awaken to our consciousness. There are basically 5 orders of consciousness existing now in the world. Magical consciousness, Imperial consciousness, Socialized consciousness, Cultural consciousness and Spiritual consciousness. To read the full excerpt click ....here!

Next Month: the 4th and 5th order of consciousness.

Judith Pedersen-Benn and David Nelson, editors. Send in stories of your own for us to include.


NEWS
Unitarian Universalists join protest at ALEC's States & Nation Policy Summit    "As a person of faith, I stand up for families. I take the command to love my neighbor seriously, and to welcome the stranger as my neighbor. Laws like SB1070, sponsored by ALEC are spreading across the country, criminalize migrant workers, criminalize families, and criminalize DREAM Act students, and this is immoral."
                ?Reverend Susan Frederick Gray  
(more...)

Runaway CEO Pay Helped Create the Economic Crisis; So Why Are Politicians Still Covering For Rich Execs? (more....)

Appalling Greed: Richest 400 Average $270.5 Million Incomes, Pay Almost Nothing in Taxes (more....)

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Visit Don't get Rolled to learn more!

Fading Optimism in "New Normal" America (more....

Guest Workers Ask for Solidarity (more....)

Fast Track to Inequality (more....)

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction(....more)

Negative Impact of NAFTA (....more)

Are We Going Down Like the Soviets?(....more)

A Victory for the People! (4/11/2010) (more....)

What's Life Like For the More Than 1 Billion in the World Who Are Hungry? (more....)

Why Are We Afraid to Tax the Super-Rich? (more....)

A Guide for David Korten's new book
An agenda for a new economy is now available (download....)

Is Wisconsin Our Egypt? 15,000 Protest Off-the-Wall Right-Wing Governor's Policies (more....)



Changing the World - What Works and What Doesn't
Delivered by Bill Schultz at the 2011 GA

Can the Middle Class Be Saved?
Atlantic Monthly IN OCTOBER 2005, three Citigroup analysts released a report describing the pattern of growth in the U.S. economy. To really understand the future of the economy and the stock market, they wrote, you first needed to recognize that there was "no such animal as the U.S. consumer," and that concepts such as "average" consumer debt and "average" consumer spending were highly misleading.

In fact, they said, America was composed of two distinct groups: the rich and the rest. And for the purposes of investment decisions, the second group didn't matter; tracking its spending habits or worrying over its savings rate was a waste of time. All the action in the American economy was at the top: the richest 1 percent of households earned as much each year as the bottom 60 percent put together; they possessed as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent; and with each passing year, a greater share of the nation's treasure was flowing through their hands and into their pockets. It was this segment of the population, almost exclusively, that held the key to future growth and future returns. The analysts, Ajay Kapur, Niall Macleod, and Narendra Singh, had coined a term for this state of affairs: plutonomy. Read the entire article.







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