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Social Justice

scalesofjusticechaliceOur social justice ministry at UUCOV is in the best tradition of Unitarian Universalist history and principles. We support our Seven Principles, nurture our spirits, and help heal the world through:

Social Service: charitable assistance and hands on help to those in need
Social Witness:
publicly addressing justice issues
Social Education:
discussion, study, and reflection about justice issues
Social Action:
organized action to remedy injustice

Our five committees are focused on:

Community Outreach: work in the larger community
Common Good: local, state, and national public policy
Family Promise: on campus hosting for homeless families in need
Green Sanctuary: environmental issues
Interweave: gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues

Social Justice News

Many Thanks, and…

Because Sarasota County did not have the Giving Challenge this summer, Family Promise of South Sarasota County (SSCFP) did not receive muchDream walk needed funds (last year FPSSC received approximately $45,000). This was funding they had hoped to receive again to see them through the year. How are they compensating? Their answer is to have their own fundraiser – a November 11th Dream Walk!
Your generosity in giving of your time and money to Family Promise families is beautiful and we at UUCOV and VUCC have already raised over $7200. Now, let’s give a little more. Cindy O’Dell has created a team, the ‘U-Knights’! (You know, unite!) on the FP Dream Walk website! And UUCOV and VUCC have joined forces to provide a walking team for this event. Registration for the team and/or donating is very easy! Go to the website and click on the header ‘Dream Walk’! and add yourself as a walker or, if you are not walking, send donations to any member of our team.

And More Requests...

FamilyPromiseA typical week of hosting requires 350 hours of volunteers and many of you contribute in various ways, but there are 35 to 40 volunteers who go above the call of duty; they are among the first to volunteer and volunteer most every time to Family Promise needs. As we seldom have enough volunteers to cover the full week, they cover multiple shifts in the hosting week. (Plus, some buy interview clothes for guests, clothes for families when they have been kicked out of wherever, shop for staples, baby food, breakfast food; volunteer as office angels for SSCFP; and whatever else is vital to keeping the program afloat.).
Our next hosting of families, joined by VUCC and St. Mark’s Episcopal, will be from December 24th -January 7th. The Day Center where families do laundry and use the computer for job searches will be closed for 6 of the 14 days we host. Consequently, we will need extra volunteers for these 2 weeks, extra day shifts to cover as the families are limited in where they can go and relax. We will have the SSCFP van to drive and will be able to take them to the Day Care, and this, too, requires extra volunteers. Want to help and make a difference? Please call Cindy O’Dell - 317-370-6705

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Recycling, But Were Afraid to Ask

Details of this program, sponsored by Green Sanctuary Committee, are in Lifespan Education (above). Invite your friends!

Battery Disposal or Recycle?

Batteries that contain mercury should be recycled responsibly. Lithium batteries, those small, round ones used for hearing aids, watches, and car keylarge batteries AA AAA D C 33.3 16836 fobs, are toxic; do not throw them in the trash. Instead, bring them to UUCOV on Sundays. On the Welcome table, near the headphones, is a round container in which to deposit them for recycling. Mercury-free batteries CAN be disposed of in household waste; if you aren’t sure whether your hearing aid batteries are mercury-free, check the packaging. If the battery package does not say “mercury-free” assume it is not safe to toss and bring it to UUCOV for safe disposal. Today’s common household batteries: AAs, AAAs, Cs, Ds and 9-volts: are not thought to pose as great a threat to properly equipped modern landfills as they used to because they contain much less mercury than their predecessors. As a result, most municipalities now recommend simply throwing such batteries away with your trash. Nevertheless, they still do contain trace amounts of mercury and other potentially toxic stuff, so as an environmentally concerned consumer. you might feel better recycling them, too.
BTW, car batteries are recyclable and, in fact, are quite valuable. Auto part stores will gladly take them back, as will many residential waste transfer stations.

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.