At Mt. Diablo UU Church we strive to bring to life our Unitarian Universalist values as we seek truth and work for justice and bridge the divisions that wound the human family. This is a place to learn a little about what is happening in our world and find quick ways you can take action. If you have suggestions, email to livingourvalues@mduuc.org

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE ACTIONS

Not only have our body autonomy rights been reduced, but other predicated privacy rights are being threatened by the high court.  Please consider using the following letter to provide practical and explicit steps our Congressional representatives could take to prevent this degradation of human rights.

 

CONTACT THE FOLLOWING SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES USING THE DOWNLOADABLE LETTER!!!!

Please consider sending the template to friends and family in the following states for them to send letters as well!!

 

CALIFORNIA

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
1236 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515

Majority Leader of the Senate Chuck Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

Senator Dianne Feinstein322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

Senator Alex Pedilla322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

 

ALASKA

Senator Lisa Murkowski
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

 

ARIZONA

Senator Kyrsten Sinema
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

 

MAINE

Senator Susan Collins
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Senator Joe Manchen
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3203

Please consider taking the following additional reproductive justice actions if you can!

  • Donate here to support independent abortion rights clinics across the country.
  • Donate here to contribute to 90 different abortion funds — funds that will go towards travel, lodging, and more for women seeking out-of-state abortions.
  • Donate here to contribute to SisterSong is the largest national multi-ethnic Reproductive Justice collective. Our membership includes and represents Indigenous, African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latina women and LGBTQ people. Membership also includes white, male, and pro-life allies who support women’s human right to lead fully self-determined lives. We are dedicated to growing and supporting the RJ movement, and to uplifting the voices and building the capacity of our movement sisters to win access to abortion and all other reproductive rights.
  • Donate here to the Plan C information campaign, started by a small but mighty team of veteran public health advocates, researchers, social justice activists and digital strategists.

    Plan C transforms access to abortion in the US by normalizing the self-directed option of abortion pills by mail.

ACTIONS

LOCAL ACTIONS

Please Check Back at a Later Date for New Opportunities!

 

CLIMATE JUSTICE

Of all the racism faced by people of color in the US, one of the most dangerous is denied access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s why we formed Groundswell and are emailing you today — to fight for the rights of EVERYONE in California to get clean, safe drinking water straight from the tap.

The names of places like Flint, Compton, and Hinkley have become synonymous with poisoned water, toxic waste and cancer in communities where the populations are majority Black, Latino, Native American and poor. The devastating health impacts suffered by communities of color due to lack of access to clean water are well-documented, indisputable and shameful.

Please consider adding your name to Groundswell's petition. Demand communities of color have a seat at the table when it comes to clean water.

Sign Here

 

DEFENDING DEMOCRACY

Please Check Back at a Later Date for New Opportunities!

 

ECONOMIC, FOOD, AND HOUSING JUSTICE

Food sorting assistance in the county

Please consider using the Food Bank's very nice Signup system for in-person assistance!
Monument Impact is inviting people to register for their tenants' rights play "Nosotros". Performances on July 9 and 10 (Concord) and July 23 (Antioch)
The residents of Wellington Gardens apartment complex just found out they have something in common: they are all losing their homes so that the building can be turned into luxury condominiums. As their homes are being ripped away from them, they discover that home is more than where you sleep: it is the people you surround yourself with and something you build. This play is brought to you by our H.O.M.E.S. art project (Home Offers Me Escape and Safety), which gathers local young adults to use art to explore what home means to them in partnership with Director Nick Garcia from Los Medanos Community College.

Concord

When: Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 | 2 PM showings

Where: Concord Historical Society | 1928 Clayton Road Concord, CA 94519

Register Here

Antioch

When: Saturday, July 23, 2022 | 2 PM and 5:30 PM showings

Where: Nick Rodriguez Community Center | 213 F St Antioch, CA 94509

Register Here

ICARE Opportunities
Please consider using ICARE's very nice Signup system for in-person assistance efforts serving the unhoused families of our county via preparing hygiene kits and conducting mock interviews for potential job seekers!

 

HEALTHCARE JUSTICE

Governor Newsom is supporting extreme funding reductions to California State Medi-cal payments for skilled nursing care and nursing homes.  I oppose the Governor’s proposed reduction as it does not cover the cost of caring for Medi-Cal residents or wages for hard-working caregivers, which in effect, will put the most vulnerable patients and residents at risk.

We need the state legislature to use its power to counter the Governor’s proposal.  I am asking for your support and to take “Action” and do your part to help in getting the message to your state Senator and Assembly Member.

What can you do?

CAHF has developed a “Phone to Action” network.  We need to get as many staff, residents and families as possible to sign up.

Anyone who signs up becomes an “advocate” on behalf of our profession.

Once signed up you will receive an email within 24 hours with a link to “take action”.  Once you open it, you will find a prepopulated letter.  All you do is press send.  It’s that easy.

 

IMMIGRATION JUSTICE

Please consider emailing Steve Glazer and push him to support the passage of the State Senate bill called the VISION Act.

SAMPLE SCRIPT (make it your own)

My name is {your name} and I am a constituent in {city name}.  I write you to urge you to vote in support of AB 937, the VISION Act (Voiding Inequality and Seeking Inclusion for Our Immigrant Neighbors.  The VISION Act takes urgent and necessary strides toward ensuring that our local and state tax dollars are not used to funnel immigrants into inhumane conditions in immigration detention, violate Constitutional protections, and separate immigrant families and communities.  As a person of faith, I believe in welcoming the visitor.  Please vote yes!

Email Steve Glazer Here

 

A NEW WAVE OF AFGHAN REFUGEES

Since last July, Jewish Family and Children Services East Bay has resettled 700 people.

Even as the Ukraine crisis dominates headlines, another wave of Afghan refugees arrives. We are resettling an average of 3.5 families per week.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Let us know if you can:

 

  • Purchase and deliver groceries to clients facing food insecurity.
  • Organize collection drives for school supplies, cleaning items, etc.
  • Donate adult bikes in good condition so refugees can access better jobs.
  • Buy a gift card so a newly-arrived family can purchase essentials.
  • Order from our Wish List. These items are placed directly into the hands of those who need them.

 

INCARCERATION JUSTICE

This country has two legal systems—one for the wealthy and one for the poor. Those who can’t afford to buy their freedom wait in jail – sometimes for years – all the while experiencing the trauma that comes with incarceration. This harmful system undermines justice and criminalizes poverty.

Please consider signing this petition to end Cash Bail!

Sign Here

 

Please consider signing up for a Unitarian Universalist prison pen-pal with the Worthy Now Program of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

Sign up Here

 

ELLA BAKER CENTER - OAKLAND

Our Inside Fellow Thanh Tran is free!!!! You can support his Freedom Fund, and help us boost: http://bit.ly/ThanhFreedomFund! You can see pictures and read about Thanh's recent homecoming here.

If you prefer to stuff envelopes at home, you can sign up to help us send inside voter information for people in California jails! Please email Elliot (elliot@ellabakercenter.org) directly if you want to coordinate without using the Google doc linked. Our office is located across from Fruitvale BART station.

[Data Entry] You can help us greatly by supporting us as we migrate our mailing list onto a new platform! If you are interested in joining a working group to edit data from one spreadsheet to a new spreadsheet, please email Elliot (elliot@ellabakercenter.org).

You can join our EBC Resource Organizing team, the next meeting on Tuesday, May 24th, 5:30-7:00 pm PT. RSVP to ash@ellabakercenter.org. We will be focusing on the Stamps Campaign, where we are collaborating with incarcerated resource organizers to launch a spring fundraising campaign. Please join us as we reimagine wealth redistribution strategies while building power together for the movement.

 

LGBTQ+ JUSTICE

Our human rights are under attack as state lawmakers try to push through an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQ+ measures. Make no mistake, these are direct and discriminatory attacks. Last year was labeled the “worst year in recent history for LGBTQ state legislative attacks'' as 191 bills were proposed – 2022 has almost doubled that amount in just four months with over 300 anti-LGBTQ bills pending across state legislatures.

Please consider signing this petition to the U.S. Senate: Stop the discrimination – pass the Equality Act now!:

Sign Here

RACIAL JUSTICE

AB 256: the Racial Justice Act for All – The Ella Baker Center and ACLU California invite you to support AB 256: the Racial Justice Act for All, by sending an email to request the passage of a resolution in support! This new bill, AB 256, would simply extend the Racial Justice Act's long overdue protections to those who have already been impacted by unfair and racist convictions and sentences. Learn more here and send a letter to California's Senate here to ensure ALL people can pursue justice.

 

Tribal Nations are unable to apply for the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement program. State and local public health departments have relied heavily on this program during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Tribal Nations are excluded from accessing these funds. Excluding Tribal Nations from this program has led to their inability to receive additional funds for staffing, planning, training, and supplies.

Please consider signing the petition to Congress: Pass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act.

Sign Here

 

In the November 2020 elections, voters made clear that they wanted their elected leaders to prioritize racial justice. Creating a commission modeled on the bill H.R.40 is one way for President Biden to show that he has.

Black people in the US continue to feel the impacts of enslavement today in the form of structural racism, violence, discrimination and disparities in health, housing, education, economics, policing and law enforcement. Mass protests in response to pervasive racial inequality, and the killing of Black people, like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, reflect America's failure to provide redress for this long history of abuse.

US House Resolution 40 (H.R. 40) would establish a federal commission to examine the impacts of the legacy of slavery and recommend proposals to provide reparations. The bill does not authorize payments or any other remedies. It creates a commission to study the problem and recommend solutions—a first and necessary step given the variety of ways to remedy specific harms.

Please consider signing this petition offering your support!

Sign Here