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Common Good

capitolbuildingThe mission of the Common Good committee is to show how individuals can help to solve social and environmental justice problems at the source. We work closely with UU Justice Florida (www.uujusticefl.org), the UU Service Committee, and interfaith and secular partners for public policy and social change. By taking actions together, we empower the voice of our Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena and make a difference on critical issues such as escalating inequality, climate change, and justice for all.

We are trying to solve problems at the source so they don’t keep happening again.

You can participate as you have time in actions for systemic change even as you focus on hands-on help in the community. Here are some of the actions we can take together:

  • Civic engagement and public witness: events, rallies, and contacts with local, state and federal officials
  • Coordinated communication: letter-writing, petition-signing, blogging, social media outreach
  • Education: forums, worship services, films
  • Voter participation: encouraging voter registration, voter education, voter involvement, and opposing voter suppression.

Please sign up on the Common Good/UU Justice Florida list at the Social Justice table in the lanai for alerts on timely actions we can take. Together we can make a difference!

Common Good News

We Need Your Help NOW

petitions1Thanks to the many of you who have signed the petitions for the countywide effort for Single Member Districts for electing County Commissioners, and for the statewide effort to restore voting rights for ex-felons who have paid their debt to society. Now, in November, the focus must be on the Voting Restoration Amendment; we must meet the December deadline for one million petitions statewide, to guarantee that the needed 766,200 petitions will be validated to put this amendment on the November 2018 ballot.
This is an historic opportunity to correct 150 years of wrong in Florida that strips all individuals with past felony convictions of their civil rights, including their right to vote, even after they have completed their sentences. We are one of only three states in the union that permanently bars all ex-felons from voting.
Our Common Good team has been working diligently to gather petitions. Now we need to ask everyone in the congregation to help. Can you please take FIVE Voting Restoration Amendment petitions, ask friends outside UUCOV to fill them out, and bring them back to us to mail in? If 200 of us could do that, we can send 1,000 petitions in to support the cause. Time is of the essence. Please see anyone of our Common Good Team at the Social Justice table at coffee hour on Sunday to pick up your petitions. Let’s change history in Florida for the better.