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Thursday, December 12, 2019 Webinar

8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central, 6 PM Mountain and 5 PM Pacific

Todd "Tif" Fernandez

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Todd “Tif” Fernandez comes from the LGBT movement, where he led the campaign to file The Equality Act, which passed the U.S. House in 2019, to add LGBT Americans to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He has a Masters of Law in Human Rights & Democratization from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and B.A. and J.D. from Boston University. Previously, Todd served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for Economic Affairs in MA, where he stewarded passage of the MA Brownfields Act of 1998, and served as the Governor’s Ombudsman for Brownfield Revitalization, receiving two National Governors’ Association.  In 2018, he launched Climate Action Mondays to build the activist demand for federal climate legislation, working with 350NYC, Food & Water Watch, Sunrise Movement, DSA, Rise & Resist, and the 350NYC Media Task Force, working with Extinction Rebellion.  Currently, he leads The People's GND Working Group that has digested over 130 GHG policy reports for an upcoming website "Climate Action Policy Survey" (CAPS) to build awareness and consensus on Congressional demands.  He believes in the power of direct action, having worked with Marriage Equality NY, the New York Immigration Coalition, and Occupy Wall Street, and has served on boards including The Massachusetts Redevelopment Fund and MA Educational Finance Authority.  His goal now is to help build a National Climate Network to pass vanguard climate legislation by 2021.

Tuesday, November 20, 2019 @ 8 pm eastern time

The Evolution of Inequity Since the Great Recession

with Dr. Casey of The Brookings Institution

UUJEC is proud to co-sponsor and promote this November webinar with UUs for Social Justice.

Marcus Casey, Ph.D. of The Brookings Institution, will discuss the consequences of growing income and wealth inequality on the economic prospects of middle-class and poor households. His discussion will begin with a descriptive picture of how wealth and income differences have evolved since the Great Recession across demographic groups. Then, he will discuss how uneven economic growth and the housing crisis exacerbates these problems. He will close with a discussion of potential policy solutions. Register for this very timely webinar on the UUSJ page

Thursday September 13, 2019 @ 8pm Eastern

A Public Bank for New Jersey: Countering Wall Street Dominance

Featuring Joan Bartl and Walt McRee Directors - Banking on New Jersey

The mission of Banking on New Jersey is “to bring the value of a municipally owned public bank to New Jersey. We envision a public institution managed professionally, guided by strong citizen oversight, and accountable to the public as its only stockholders. The bank will have the flexibility to support current community needs and foster resilience in the face of economic and natural hardships.”

A recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube page here

Thursday August 9, 2019, @ 8pm Eastern time

Medicare for All Calculator, with Kris Hardy 

Kris Hardy, the creator of the Medicare for All calculator presented on the use it his newly developed tool. It was developed to demonstrate how a proposed funding mechanism for universal health care will save 90-95% of the population money on health care spending. The calculator is based on H.R. 676, the Medicare for All Act which is sponsored by Congressman Keith Ellison and currently has 123 sponsors in the US House of Representatives. 

To view the two-part webinar, select each link:  Part 1 and Part 2The calculator is available at To reach out to Kris Hardy, please email . 


Thursday July 19, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. eastern

A General Assembly Debrief

Members and friends of UUJEC shared highlights and inspirations from General Assembly. New changes to social witness process, our Annual Meeting, Networking Session, Table Talk, new AsIW passed, and the 4 questions to bring home were discussed. To view the recording, please visit our YouTube Page here. View the presentation materials Sally Jane Gellert created in the pdf, available here.  Our GA web page has additional resources for your review. 

Thursday May 24, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. eastern

UUJEC at General Assembly

UUJEC members of the Board of Trustees will share current initiatives and activities planned for General Assembly in Kansas City. 
Learn which GA events and activities UUJEC will be leading and participating in, collaborate efforts on Actions of Immediate Witness (AIW's), Congregational Study Action Items (CSAI's), and share your thoughts on the Escalating Inequality Statement of Conscience (SOC).   

It's an acronym-filled webinar to get our GA gears in motion! 

Thursday April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. eastern

Thursday April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. eastern

“What is Health Justice and Inequality?" with Margaret Flowers

What a terrific discussion! Thank you Dr. Flowers! To view a recording of this webinar, visit our YouTube page here.  Dr. Flower's presentation is available for reference here.  

Dr. Margaret Flowers is a pediatrician and mother from Baltimore, MD.  Margaret left medical practice in 2007 to advocate full-time for single-payer health care.  She served as Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program and on the board of Healthcare-Now!  Margaret is a co-founder of, which is a resource and information clearinghouse for the movement of movements, providing a daily stream of resistance news from the United States and around the world, as well as a national events calendar.  

Sunday April 15th @ 7:00 p.m. eastern

"Reward Work, Not Wealth" with Robert Silverman

"Reward Work, Not Wealth" an online discussion with Robert Silverman from Oxfam about global inequality. Oxfam’s recent report Reward Work, Not Wealth concluded: “Last year saw the biggest increase in billionaires in history, one more every two days. This huge increase could have ended global extreme poverty seven times over.”  To view Robert's webinar presentation, please click here

Robbie Silverman is a Senior Advisor in Oxfam America’s Private Sector Department, where he leads on engaging with for-profit corporations to advance Oxfam’s mission of combatting poverty and injustice worldwide.  In his role at Oxfam, he has worked to launch a new produce certification label, the Equitable Food Initiative, that prioritizes farmworkers’ rights, helped to establish an impact investing fund to support women’s entrepreneurship in Guatemala, and led company engagement for a successful campaign against US poultry processors' treatment of workers. He is currently focused on the strategy and implementation of Oxfam’s global campaign against inequality, with a focus on stopping corporate tax avoidance. 

Tuesday March 20th @ 8pm eastern

 "4 Ways to Get Our UU Voices Heard in Washington"

Our March Webinar featured UU's for Social Justice (UUSJ).  Lavona Grow, UUSJ Advocacy Oversight Committee Chair, shared ideas and resources needed to influence our US senators’ and representatives’ to act and to help our congregations to raise their UU voices to make a difference in Washington.  The UUSJ Write Here! Write Now! letter-writing campaign and other ways for individual UU's and congregations to take action in the upcoming elections were discussed. 

To view the recorded webinar visit our YouTube page here

Thursday February 8 @ 8:00 PM (ET)

“A Conversation with Chuck Collins”

UUJEC, in partnership with UUs for Social Justice, featured Chuck Collins for our February webinar. As an active member of the UUJEC Advisory Board, we appreciate Chuck’s enduring commitment to justice and equality and welcome his participation in our webinar series. On the February 8th webinar, Chuck shared initiatives cities and communities are carrying out to reverse inequality; from Massachusetts to California. 

If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording here. 

Chuck's new book "Is Inequality in America Irreversible?" is available for pre-order. 

You can find "The Community Land Trust Reader" referenced by Chuck, here. 

January 10, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

"Are You Ready for the Interfaith March for Peace & Justice?"

UUJEC is pleased to Co-Sponsor the 2018 Interfaith March for Peace and JusticeThank you to all who joined the UUJEC/UUSJ sponsored webinar on Jan. 10.  Activists from a dozen different states were represented on our webinar! It was inspiring to be joined by so many like-minded individuals to support the development of an event which may have national impact Join in fellowship within your community for peace and justice. March co-sponsors include UUJEC, the UU Peace Ministry Network, Peace Catalyst, North Columbus Friends Meeting, UU Justice Ohio and Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders. March resources can be found here: 

  • Assembly guidelines and tips are available here.  
  • Spread the word and the excitement with this flyer.
  • Get updates and stay connected when you register with the Mobilize app
  • Financial Assistance with March-Related Expenses Application 
  • Sample Outreach letters to build UU and Community partnerships

If no event is planned in your area but you’d like to plan one, email for help to get started.

December 6th, 2017 @ 8pm

"Worker Centers & Worker Organizing in the Current Political Climate"

Thank you for joining Magaly Licolli – Executive Director, Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center and Ahmed Ali – Executive Director, Greater Minnesota Worker Center for our discussion on worker organizing and economic justice. Resources provided by our speakers are valuable for UU activists across the country to organize within their communities. 

  • "Striving for a Just and Safer Workplace" Report by (GMWC)
  • "Wages and Working Conditions in Arkansas Poultry Plants" - Report by NW Arkansas Worker Justice Center
  • Presentation slides from Ahmed Ali, Greater Minnesota Worker Center (GMWC)
  • Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Perkins Project on Worker's Rights and Wages Policy Watch
  • EPI Interactive Map of anti-worker laws by state
  • "A Practical Guide to Combating Wage Theft" - Report from the Center for Popular Democracy 

Faith communities can work in solidarity with workers centers to advance our common struggle for dignity and equality. We can take the lessons from Magaly and Ahmed and apply them with organizations that are close to home. To identify a Worker Center near you, please visit Interfaith Worker Justice for a list of affiliates.  


Monday, November 6, 8:00 pm

William Rice from Americans for Tax Fairness 

"Tax Cuts for the Wealthy. Guess who picks up the tab?”  

Thank you for attending the UUJEC/UUSJ webinar "Tax Cuts for the Wealthy. Guess who picks up the tab?” presented by Will Rice, Policy Consultant with Americans for Tax Fairness.  Will’s presentation slides are available for you to review and share with your congregation here.  

To learn more about the tax debate underway in Congress and across the country, please visit the web resources Will provided below.  To stay connected with Americans for Tax Fairness you can visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @4taxfairness.  

It’s important to reach out to our Senators and Representatives on important issues like tax reform. Elected officials need to hear our voices, our faithful perspectives and our ideas for a more just nation. Please reach out to your Senators and Representatives and tell them:  I strongly oppose the any tax bill that gives massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations that will be paid for by deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and education.

For more general information on GOP tax plans:    

To find out how to get involved in the tax fight:  
To read a section-by-section summary of the House bill as presented by its authors: 

For detailed outside analysis of the House plan:

Also, check out UUSJ's advocacy page "Say No to Fake Tax Reform!" to get UU background on the issue, talking points and resources. Their letter-writing toolkit "Write Here! Right Now!" can be used to let officials know how our faith and values compel us to seek a more just and sustainable world. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017 8:00 pm

Reversing Inequality with Chuck Collins 

Thank you to those who joined UUJEC, UUSJ and our guest presenter Chuck Collins for our latest webinar.  Chuck shared information about his newly released report “REVERSING INEQUALITY: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy.”  The report is an excellent resource to understand the key drivers of inequality and concrete wisdom on how to collectively and legislatively move toward a more just economy.  A key takeaway from our discussion was that we must continue addressing the concentration of wealth at the top in order to reverse inequality. Chuck emphasized, that wealth concentration “is the gift that keeps on giving.”

 In case you missed the webinar, you can find the video on the UUJEC YouTube page here. Chuck’s conversation with Senator Bernie Sanders from October 3 can also be found here.

Also, Chuck suggested a few action items and points of reference to stay engaged:

  • He is speaking at community forums across the country and happy to travel to your congregation. Contact Chuck here.
  • Sign up for additional updates at
  • Participate in the estate tax conversation with the Patriotic Millionaires  
  • Stay informed on tax policy with Americans for Tax Fairness
  • Identify which businesses are the voice for positive change through the B Corp movement.
  • Share the events and actions of UUJEC and UUSJ in your congregations. 


Thursday September 14, 8:00 pm

“NOW IS THE TIME: Healthcare for Everybody”

Thank you for joining us for our UUJEC/UUSJ sponsored webinar with filmmakers Terry Sterrenberg & Laurie Simons to discuss healthcare justice and their newest documentary “Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody”. Laurie’s comparison to jackhammers and birds singing really put into perspective how different healthcare systems effect our health and wellbeing, regardless of being sick. If you missed our discussion, you can view the recording on the UUJEC YouTube channel here. Also, learn more about the film, how to host a screening and work for justice in your community by visiting their website,  and follow them on twitter @Nowsthetimemovi.  

Wednesday, August 2, 8:00pm

The ACA and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA):

Long term issues for the American economy

Thank you for joining us for our latest UUJEC/UUSJ webinar with Health Economist Dr. Jerome Dugan. We were pleased to have Dr. Dugan with us. If you missed our discussion, you can view the recording on the UUSJ YouTube channel here. Also, learn more about Dr. Dugan and his colleagues’ work on their website, Health Economics Analytics Laboratory and follow him on twitter @profdugan, where he posts economic and health related articles regularly. 

Join us after General Assembly 2019

Thursday, July 18th, 2019 for a GA Debriefing seminar

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Harvest of Shame, Uncovering and Changing the Working Conditions of the
Farmworkers who Feed the World's Richest Nation

Thursday, February 21, 2018
8:00 PM ET
with Immokalee Workers 

Join Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) and the Coalition for Immokalee Workers (CIW) for a webinar on Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 PM ET. During the webinar a farmworker from the CIW, will speak on the conditions that farmworkers face in the fields where Wendy's is purchasing and how Unitarian Universalist communities have supported the CIW's cause in the past and how you can do so today. 

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