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1/25/2017: UUJEC Economic Justice Spotlight: Conejo Valley UU Fellowship of Newbury Park, California

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Within UUJEC, we embarked on a journey of discovery, to understand the tireless and comprehensive work UU activists were doing to make our world more just. Our call for submissions drew interest from active social justice committees and congregations from every corner of the country. We are pleased to collaborate with them in sharing best practice approaches to justice work for our readers to learn from and to bring inspiration. Enjoy the stories, share in the efforts and use the ideas you see here as a model for your continued work in economic justice. 

This article was developed in collaboration between UUJEC Administrator Rachel Bennett Steury and CVUUF Outreach Director Pamela Lopez. You can find the full article featured on our Spotlight page and also in a printable version here. Please share this information with your congregations and feel free to participate in the comment section below.

"Conejo Valley UU Fellowship's Mission Statement is:  Our mission is to nurture spiritually courageous people who transform the world through justice and compassion.  As part of living our faith we have a strong commitment to economic justice.  We have hosted monthly meetings addressing the issue of escalating inequality.  The meetings are attended by both members of CVUUF and the outside community.  

 We are strong advocates for the $15/hour minimum wage.  In doing so, members of our support staff (child care, maintenance, etc.) have gotten the benefit in a salary increase reflecting this.  We had over 200 people sign petitions to increase the minimum wage in California.  Through the advocacy of our escalating inequality group, we have enrolled the congregation into endorsing the Farm Workers Bill of Rights for farm workers in Ventura County."






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