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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Mar 22: Social Justice

 

We welcome diversity. We commit to  undo racism and all other oppressions in  ourselves, our church, and our community.

Supreme Court nominee Katenji Brown Jackson called the high court's landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade recognizing a constitutional right to abortion "settled law," noting it has been repeatedly reaffirmed by the court and "relied upon."
 

Social Justice

FAIR ELECTIONS INITIATIVE
“Far-right extremists in the Arizona legislature are trying to push through a series of the most egregious anti-voter bills we’ve ever seen.”  Common Cause.  A new citizen’s initiative is aimed at stopping these laws, but we must get enough signatures in just over three months. There will be someone on the patio after church each Sunday and in the church parking lot every Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 starting April 2nd with this important petition as well as the other petitions aligned with our UU principals. Please make signing all these petitions a priority and bring friends and family with you. Contact Margo Newhouse This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Beth Britton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help with this effort.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Share the Plate for the month of March is Youth On Their Own: YOTO
 
The Problem
YOTO’s chief focus is education, specifically a high school diploma, as a tool to break the cycle of poverty. Arizona currently has the 2nd worst graduation rate among the 50 US states (NCES, 2018-2019 school year data) and over 5,600 homeless students have been identified in Pima County (Arizona Department of Education, 2014). Graduation rates for youth experiencing homelessness are extremely low due to the stress they face with their daily circumstances. Without the stability of a home and support of a family, youth experiencing homelessness face unique barriers to education such as the inability to meet school enrollment requirements, high mobility/instability, lack of transportation, poor health, fatigue, and hunger. When these challenges are not addressed, youth are unable to enroll in or attend school, preventing them from obtaining the education that is both their legal right and their best hope for escaping poverty.
 
Our Solution
Youth On Their Own (YOTO) supports the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness in Pima County. We strive to eliminate barriers to education and empower housing insecure youth in our community to stay in school. For over 35 years, we have supported this unique demographic by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, guidance, and more. With the help of our amazing YOTO Family, YOTO has supported over 20,000 local youth in their journeys toward high school graduation!
 
Last months recipient for Share the Plate was Angel Heart Pajama Project. The total donated to them was $238.50. 
Cafe Justo!
 
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are always going. This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 
 
Please contact Sue Watts for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
 
MONTHLY CASA MARIA EGG RUN
As most of you know, the SJC (Social Justice Council), on the last Tuesday of every month, collect hard boiled eggs, other food items, good used clothing, towels, toiletries, pet food and other suitable items for one of our favorite non profits, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Every day, Casa Maria feed up to 500 hungry homeless and low income Tucsonans. Many members of our congregation make hard boiled eggs, and meet a UUCT volunteer at our church, on the last Tuesday of each month, between 8 and 9 am. 
 Each month, a UUCT member can sign up to drive along with donations for an unforgettable tour of Casa Maria. 
If you would like more information about our UUCT commitment with Casa Maria, please email Sue Watts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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