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Thursday, January 27, 2022 Shadow of Gold, movie and webinar with the producer

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Register for your free screening here and we'll send you a link to the movie & webinar

Movie link will be sent out after Tuesday, January 18.

Join us for the webinar on Thursday, January 27 at 5 PM PDT, 6 PM MDT, 7 PM CDT and 8 PM EDT

Here is a link to watch the movie trailer.
 

Sign up for this event at and we'll send you a link after Tuesday, January 18, then join us for a webinar with the Producer, Robert Lang on January 27, again, we will email you the link.

 

The Shadow of Gold is feature documentary that takes an unflinching look at the worlds favourite heavy metal from the big-time mining companies that dig deep and lop off mountaintops to extract gold from low-grade ore to the small-time miners an estimated 20 million people in the worlds' poorest nations who extract gold by hand, often producing just enough to survive.

Thursday, January 13, 2022 COP26 Review by Doris Marlin

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Doris Marlin's Review of COP 26.

Thursday, January 13   View the recording here. 

Doris Marlin, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth & Green Sanctuary Program; Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) Campaign Coordinator, Member, All Souls Church UU, Washington DC Doris Marlin has been Unitarian Universalist since 1985 and a Board Member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministry For Earth. She is a member of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC. 

Retired from federal service, she has an academic background in water resources management with 30 years of experience applying and credentialed in project and risk management. As the UUA Civil Society Observer Delegation Head for COP 26 in Glasgow, Doris and the delegation channelled attention towards the social justice and UUSC / UUA priorities that: Fulfill the US Fair Share of the Green Climate Fund, Dedicate funding for Loss and Damages, and submit Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) consistent with the goal of preventing warming that exceeds 1.5 degrees Celsius

Tuesday, November 30--Medicare (dis)Advantage

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                                     Medicare (dis)Advantage with Diane Archer

November 30  View the recording: here

Diane has been leading the effort to build Just Care so that it helps ensure people's health and economic security.  Diane currently serves on the Board of Consumer Reports and the Benedict Silverman Foundation.

It’s Medicare Open Enrollment season, and you are likely getting bombarded with pitches to sign up for different Medicare plans. Here are four things to think about: The doctors you can see, your costs, the care you’ll get and the administrative hurdles you’ll face, particularly if you develop a costly condition. Unlike Medicare Advantage, traditional Medicare gives you easy access to care from the doctors you want to see anywhere in the US. Medicare Advantage gives you an out-of-pocket cap, some additional benefits, and an insurance company that profits more the less care you get. What should you do?

Here are four articles that Diane has written about Medicare Advantage.

https://justcareusa.org/choosing-between-traditional-medicare-and-medicare-advantage-plans/
https://justcareusa.org/well-kept-secrets-of-medicare-advantage-plans/
https://justcareusa.org/ten-ways-medicare-advantage-plans-differ-from-traditional-medicare/
https://justcareusa.org/people-with-serious-health-needs-more-likely-to-disenroll-from-medicare-advantage-plans/

Thursday, November 18 The importance of the Pandora Papers

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Chuck Collins on the Pandora Papers: why they're important. 

                           November 18   View the recording on Facebook

Chuck Collins: "For the last couple months, I’ve been part of the team preparing the “Pandora Papers” (because of his “The Wealth Hoarders” book). My role has been to brief foreign reporters in advance about the US system of dynasty trusts and anonymous shell companies. I talked with courageous journalists in Mexico, Brazil, France, Denmark, Argentina, Spain, UK and other places —and I’m interviewed in these stories (mostly not in English. Including El Pais (Spain), The Guardian (UK), Metropoles (Brazil) Infobae (Argentina), Am (Mexico), Politiken (Denmark), and dozens more.) Anyway, thought you’d like to know. It’s one of the more exciting things I’ve been part of."

Thursday, November 11 Stan Cox on How Much is Enough?

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 Author Stan Cox

Thursday, November 11  

To see the Facebook recording, click here. 

The crises that collided in 2020—climatic disasters, the pandemic, economic breakdown, near-collapse of the U.S. food system, unconstrained police violence—all disproportionately impacted marginalized communities. Various legislative initiatives to end these crises, including the Green New Deal, contain some solid “New Deal” policies for economic and racial justice; however, the “Green” policies remain wholly inadequate. The crucial but missing piece is a fast-falling cap on quantities of oil, gas, and coal that can come out of the ground and into the  economy each year, reaching zero within 15 years. Adapting to the cap will require that sufficiency, equity and fairness, not economic growth, become U.S. society's central aims.

Read Stan Cox's recent cover story for YES.

Thursday, October 28, Alan Michael Collinge "The Student Loan Scam"

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Thursday, October 28 

To watch the recording, click here.

Alan Michael Collinge is Founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org, a grassroots organization, and political action committee. He holds B.S., M.S., and Eng. Degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.

Since Founding StudentLoanJustice.Org in March, 2005 as a result of his own personal experiences with college loans, Collinge has been featured on 60 Minutes, and also in print media including Fortune Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Phoenix, The Village Voice, Inside Higher Ed, and others. He has published editorials in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, and many other outlets.

Green Hydrogen discussion Thursday, October 14

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Green Hydrogen with Allan Lindrup

Thursday, October 14  

Watch the recording of this webinar by clicking here.

 

Allan Lindrup, a UU since age 10, is retired after a 35 year career with the U.S. Social Security Administration. He is one of the founders of UUSJ (Chicago area), and has served on its Board since 1990. He Chairs its Task Force on Economic Justice and Homelessness and has also served on its Environmental Task Force for over 20 years. Allan has lead two UU church's successful efforts to become certified Green Sanctuary congregations.

Here's an article explaining green vs blue hydrogen.

Thursday, September 23 and 30 Book discussion webinar on "Is Inequality in America Irreversible?" and "The Wealth Hoarders"

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Chuck Collins, author of "Is Inequality in America Irreversible?" and "The Wealth Hoarders" 

Book Discussion/Webinar


First Session: Thursday, September 23 

To watch the YouTube recording from September 23rd, click here. 

Second Session: Thursday September 30

To watch the YouTube recording from September 30, click here.

                                             

 This year we have a special offer for members: a copy of Chuck Collins’ book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible?, and many of you took us up on that. Thank you to those who joined us for our book discussion on September 23rd and for joining our second discussion with Chuck Collins about his latest book, ThWealth Hoarders, on September 30.


Here's a question it would be good for us to answer in pursuit of economic justice:  "What are the reasons the social benefits floor and safety net are so low in America? ... so low that so many do not have the basic right to a full education, a home of their own, guaranteed healthcare, dignity and safety in a job with a living wage for full time work?"  And what can we, Americans, do about it? 

Thursday, September 9 at 8 PM EDT "How UUs Are Changing the World."

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Julie Skye

Watch now on YouTube

View Julie's slides with links to more information.

Julie Skye is a Founding Member and the Chief Compliance Officer of the Sustainable Advisors Alliance, LLC, with their headquarters in Tulsa Oklahoma. She has combined her experience with her passion for Values-Based Investing and works with families, nonprofits, and endowments. Read More... 

Thursday, August 26 at 8 PM EDT, Unemployed Workers' Union's Neidi Dominguez

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Neidi Dominguez

Watch our YouTube recording of the event here.

Neidi Dominguez is the Executive Director of Unemployed Workers United (UWU), a movement project to organize precarious and jobless workers. Neidi is a national immigrant and workers’ rights activist and organizer. Neidi migrated from Mexico at the age of 9 with her mother and younger sister where she resided in Pasadena, California, and began her involvement in social justice organizing from a very young age. In Los Angeles, CA Neidi was Co-Director of the CLEAN Carwash campaign that successfully unionized hundreds of workers in the country. Formerly undocumented herself, Neidi was a central leader in the campaign to win Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

July 10: UUJEC Annual Meeting with Jerry Ashton, RIP Medical Debt

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UUJEC's Annual Meeting July 10 

Jerry Ashton, cofounder, will be speaking about RIP Medical Debt, a charity that buys struggling individuals’ medical debt from collection agencies with the express purpose of forgiving it, and his new book, End Medical Debt: The COVID-19 Edition, coming out late summer.


View UUJEC's 2020-2021 Annual Report by clicking here

Wednesday, July 7 learn about the Earth Bill and how to support it.

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       Stop our Pollution! Take Action for “The Earth Bill” and Climate Justice Legislation

Learn about the growing national Earth Bill Network grassroots movement. First we’ll look at the current “state-of-play” in Congress; second learn about the “2021 Bill Package” and “The Earth Bill” -- to address 80% of our pollution through a single bill by mandating 100% renewable electricity, electric vehicles and regenerative agriculture by 2030; and third, what you can do locally with allies through the Congressional “Adopt-A-District” campaign. Learn how it's tied to UU’s Climate Justice Goals. Presenters are Members of the Climate Crisis Policy/Earth Bill Network (EBN) Faith Team Working Group: Rev. Terence Ellen, Lavona Grow and Leslie Pohl-Kosbau (not pictured). 

To learn more and choose the actions you would be interested in working on, click here.

Rev. Terence Ellen, Consulting Minister, UU Congregation in Cumberland, Md   Additional or not: (On Board, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Steering Committee, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate)
Rev. Terence Ellen, Consulting Minister, UU Congregation in Cumberland, Md   Additional or not: (On Board, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Steering Committee, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate)

June 10 Webinar: Paul Greenberg and "The Climate Diet"

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Paul Greenberg and “The Climate Diet” Thursday, June 10, 2021  

 

How can we eat better for the climate? In this talk bestselling author Paul Greenberg will walk us through 13 simple steps you can take to change how you choose, cook, and manage your food. For a preview have a look at www.paulgreenberg.org.

Paul Greenberg writes at the intersection of the environment and technology, seeking to help his readers escape screens and find emotional and ecological balance with their planet. He is the author of six books including the New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. His other books are The Climate Diet, Goodbye Phone, Hello World, The Omega Principle, American Catch, and the novel, Leaving Katya. Paul’s writing on oceans, climate change, health, technology, and the environment appears regularly in The New York Times and many other publications. He’s the recipient of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature, a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and many other grants and awards.

May 27 Webinar on "Healing from Hate". Watch the movie and join in conversation

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Healing from Hate, with Moderator Car McCargo

To watch our webinar on YouTube, click here

Healing From Hate examines the root causes of hate group activity through the bold work of those battling intolerance on the front lines, including “Life After Hate”, an organization founded by former Skinheads and neo-Nazis, now engaged in transforming attitudes of intolerance, and groundbreaking sociologist Michael Kimmel (author, Angry White Men, Healing From Hate). Documenting a stunning year of hatred in America, Healing From Hate follows these reformers in their work to de-radicalize White Nationalists, and heal communities torn apart by racism - a deep dig into what's needed to return meaning, identity and tolerance to a generation of disenfranchised white men. 

Carl McCargo (M.S.) has been a UU for 34 years. He earned his M.S. in Clinical Psychology in 1981, entitled, “The Differential Portrayal of Black and White Television Families.” Carl has an enduring concern for the insidious and overt ‘teachings’ of racism in our U.S. media

Carl cautions you: It is my view that when you deal with antagonists as an enemy, using a combative approach to social justice (an us against them mentality), corporate leaders, are especially without redeemable characteristics.  Therefore, activists overlook and can't access the UU first principle of, "The inherent worth and dignity of everyone."  The activists' approach may feel that the only way to "get through" to those people at the top, is via the "sledgehammer" across the head method.  And, America sets-up activists for this failure by making the top level executives predominantly white.  It is therefore easy for a long-suffering activist who has seen and been a victim of police brutality as a set-up for activists to overlook a more humane approach to social justice work. 

May 13: Cindy Piester on Climate Disruption and US Militarism

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Climate Disruption and Militarism with Cindy Piester

To watch on YouTube, click here

Cindy Piester’s earlier anti-war, justice, and human rights work included forming and chairing Venturans for a Just Palestine, as well as Citizens for Impeachment, Ventura County. This was during the George W. Bush years.  She was arrested for non-violent civil disobedience protesting the war against Iraq and the government’s spying on the American people and use of torture, and calling for Bush’s impeachment.  For six years she and a small team were actively engaged in alternative media programming featuring issues and voices such as Daniel Ellsberg and Ray McGovern who are often ignored by mainstream media.  

The issue of US Militarism’s impact on climate is of even greater concern as our planet becomes increasingly unlivable. Extinction will be an increasing threat to us unless serious and urgent action is taken.  The US Military is the world’s largest institutional contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the data showing that is based solely on fossil fuel use. The actual bootprint is much larger. Every war emits such vast amounts of CO2 that no war is winnable any longer. 

 

April 8: Dahr Jamail and "The End of Ice"

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Dahr Jamail and the End of Ice

Click here to watch the webinar on YouTube

The Earth is now experiencing human-caused climate disruption at an ever-accelerating pace. At present, even the best case mitigation strategies will not stave off catastrophic changes that are already heated into the biosphere. How, then, shall we Live? The talk will give a brief overview of how far along we are with climate disruption, then shift into spending the majority of time addressing how we find meaning, and purpose, during such a time

Dahr’s stories have been published with Truthout, Inter Press Service, Tom Dispatch, The Sunday Herald in Scotland, The Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Huffington Post, The Nation, The Independent, and Al Jazeera, among others. Dahr is currently and has been a feature writer for Truthout.org for five years, and his climate feature page there is titled ‘Climate Disruption Dispatches‘.

March 11: Green Amendments Movement

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Maya Rossum and the Green Amendments

 Click here  to watch the webinar on YouTube

Maya K. van Rossum will speak on the Green Amendments movement.  Maya is the author of The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment and the founder of Green Amendments For The Generations, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring a movement to amend state constitutions to recognize and protect environmental rights on par with other inalienable civic and political freedoms. She is also a part of the Delaware Riverkeeper leading the regional advocacy organization.

February Webinar: Public Banking Webinar

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Public Banking

February 2021 Click here to view the webinar.

Sarah Manning, Rebeca Jasso-Aguilar and Melissa Pickett are volunteers with the Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity, the think tank for a New Mexico Public Bank. A public bank is owned by the people through their representative government: a Tribe, City, County, State or Federal Government. It can receive deposits of public funds (taxes, fees, fines and interest earned) to  make loans to business and fund infrastructure projects.  Public Banks take our money out of Wall Street to keep our funds safe, local, and working.

Additional Information:

Public Banking in Northeast and Midwest White Paper

                 Public Banking in New Mexico

                                 How Public Banking will change things

The Story of Plastic

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Panel discussion and webinar:

Thursday, December 10 

UUJEC Green Task Force hosts a monthly zoom meeting.  In December, we are trying something new: a discussion of The Story of Plastic.  We will send participants a password-protected link to watch the film during the 10 days before our meeting, which will be on December 10.

We are currently assembling a panel to lead us in the discussion of this complex subject about a class of material that seems ubiquitous, but that can have serious environmental impacts.  We will start with a panel discussion, then break into small discussion groups.

Roots of Justice

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Roots of Justice

October 8  Click Here to watch a recording

What are the roots of justice? How do we create and grow justice? Our deteriorating ecology, politics, and economics have given new salience and urgency to answering these questions by living our faith and acting upon our principles. To create and grow justice, we need to throw off the shackles of our conditioning. We must learn the purpose and the history of the injustice and how we acquire the power to defeat it. Our education and our media have poorly served us. To find justice and build solidarity, we must learn what they are and the obstacles to clear thinking and decisive action. We must acquire the power to create and enforce justice.

Solutionary Rail--electrifying rail service so we're ready for pollution free transportation

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Solutionary Rail Webinar

Thursday, September 10 2020

Bill Moyer of Vashon Island, Washington has dual and intersecting paths as an activist and artist. In 2003, he co-founded the Backbone Campaign with friends from an artist affinity group. In the last 17 years, Backbone has emerged as a leader and innovator in the theory and practice of “artful activism.” Bill works with progressive change agents and organizations around the country to design and produce creative protest actions and provide training in grand strategy and creative tactics.


Bill is also the co-author and project lead for Solutionary Rail, a book produced by the Backbone Campaign in late 2016. Solutionary Rail provides the guiding vision for a people-powered campaign to electrify America’s railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future. Rail, unique among forms of mass transportation, can easily be electrified and is being electrified around the globe. Because electricity is increasingly coming from clean sources such as sun and wind, rail has the potential to serve as a clean and reliable form of transportation while invigorating communities along the way. Solutionary Rail proposes overhead rail electrification (possibly in combination with batteries) powered by renewable energy, utilizing rail corridors for efficient long distance transmission, as well as track modernization and mode shift of freight from trucks to trains.

Using the En-Roads Climate Simulator to Make Better Policy Decisions

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Adam Wasserman, UUJEC Board Member and Webinar Facilitator 

Thursday, August 13 

In this webinar we will introduce the En-Roads Climate Simulator, an online model of the global climate system developed by Climate Interactive in conjunction with Ventana Systems and MIT Sloan.  The En-Roads Simulator allows an individual or group to quickly see the impact of a wide variety of climate interventions—economic, technical, and behavioral.   In real time, users can see how valuable different policy choices are in actually affecting global temperature and the concentration of greenhouse gases.  Participants will get a brief overview of the simulator and how it is being used by Climate Interactive to educate involved citizens and policymakers all over the world.  We will then use the simulator to look at how different technologies and policies affect global climate.  We all have our favorite approaches to stopping global warming—which ones really work?  Let’s find out! Adam Wasserman, leading the workshop, is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe.  He is active in environmental issues in his congregation and in 350 Santa Fe.  He is a member of the board for UUJEC.  He recently completed an online training program for the En-Roads model. 


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A General Assembly Debrief  

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Members and friends of UUJEC will share highlights from this year's General Assembly.  We'll discuss changes in process and changes that happened to accommodate a virtual event.  We'll talk about UUJEC's proposed Action of Immediate Witness, AIW: The Pandemic: A Religious Response.  UUJEC's sponsored workshop: Reparations: Rooted in Repair will surely be a conversation starter.  Come as we share our biggest take-away and you can share yours.

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What is the United States strategy to pass federal legislation to achieve the Paris Climate Accord?

July 1, 2020. Noon-1:30 Eastern

Urgent: Federal Climate Bills & Strategy

Co-sponsored by UUJEC

Climate Crisis, like COVID-19, is a Global Health Threat June 11, 2020

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Climate Crisis, like COVID-19, is a Global Health Threat;

  & Managing the Health Effects of the Climate Crisis.

   Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 8 PM Eastern

Julia Ying is a volunteer public speaker trained by former US Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. She is Co-Chair of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter. She is also a member of 350 Santa Fe. She is a retired General Medical Practitioner from Sydney Australia, and is a happy grandmother to 5 grandchildren. She is now living in Los Alamos, NM. She is passionate about taking care of Mother Earth, to preserve the beauty of nature she loves, and to know her grandchildren can grow up in a safe, sustainable world. 

Julia Ying can be contacted on: climaterealitynnm@gmail.com

ClimateRealityNNM.org


$ The Green New Deal $ Thursday, May 14

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$ The Green New Deal $  Yes We Can!  

Thursday, May 14 at 8 pm EDT

Too often the argument “How can we possible pay for it?” stops any further discussion of implementing the Green New Deal.  Join UUJEC for a webinar that guides our thinking into a constructive process to design and enact the procedures to make impressive headway against both global warming with its environmental, social, economic consequences and the political gridlock that stymies progress.  Stephanie Kelton, author of The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy, urges us to begin by figuring out the human, material and organizational resources we need and then see which are (surprisingly) already available.  Only then do we seek additional revenue.  It is not unlike what is needed to fund our COVID 19 response, except that we are thinking it through deliberatively, not in the desperation of a pandemic.  And, it allows us to choose solutions to reverse economic inequality not exacerbate it, while avoiding inflation.

UUJEC’s Dr. Dick Burkhart, mathematician and economic justice activist, will introduce Dr. Kelton’s you tube video and help answer the questions it raises among us.   When we reframe the question to “What resources do we have and what reallocation of priorities do we need to do the work of the Green New Deal?” we can get on with creating a life-saving legacy for future generations. We look forward to our discussion. To Register or with Questions?  Write us at: greentf@uujec.org

Thursday, December 12, 2019 Webinar

Todd "Tif" Fernandez

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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018, @ 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 https://www.mfacalc.com. To reach out to Kris Hardy, please email uujec@uujec.org . 

 

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 PopularResistance.org, 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 betty@interfaithmarch.com 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: http://stoptrumptaxcuts.org/    

To find out how to get involved in the tax fight: http://stoptrumptaxcuts.org/events/  
To read a section-by-section summary of the House bill as presented by its authors: https://waysandmeansforms.house.gov/uploadedfiles/tax_cuts_and_jobs_act_section_by_section_hr1.pdf 

For detailed outside analysis of the House plan:  http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/sites/default/files/publication/147726/2001579-preliminary-distributional-analysis-of-the-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act.pdf 

https://itep.org/wp-content/uploads/housetaxplan.pdf

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  https://inequality.org/
  • 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, http://www.nowisthetimemovie.com/  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  www.healresearch.org and follow him on twitter @profdugan, where he posts economic and health related articles regularly. 


                   

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