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Promoting Social Justice

Next Side With Love Team Meeting 

Sunday, July 10 at 4:30pm online via Zoom 

 

What is the Side With Love Social Justice Team?

What is the Side With Love Team? Side with Love Social Justice Team has a mission to create more pathways for members to live our values through civic engagement with local, national and international issues. Mindful of our status as a Welcoming Congregation, and the overwhelming congregational vote in support of Black Lives Matter, Side with Love (Social Justice) Team is initially focusing on anti-racism and equity for LGBTQIA+ people, with a deep commitment to hold ourselves accountable to the marginalized communities who are most adversely affected by the current systems we are working to change. We also intend to build on the success of First Unitarian's UUtheVote project to increase participation in the democratic process.

Our Side with Love team is part of a denomination-wide Side with Love campaign to organize and elevate the voice of UUs across the country to build more just, democratic and sustainable communities. (Go here to learn more about the national campaign https://sidewithlove.org.) Side with Love (Social Justice) Team intends to be a vehicle to promote awareness, as well as offering a mix of study and action, around the issues our church community is most passionate about. Action may include letter writing, lobbying, testifying at legislative hearings and participating in public demonstrations.

First Unitarian’s 501(c)(3) status allows member participation in non-partisan, issue-related activities, as long as we don’t engage in any type of political campaigning for candidates. While church policy permits the team to take positions on its own behalf, the Side with Love (Social Justice) Team will take care not to speak about any issue in the name of First Unitarian Church, unless the congregation has voted to take a public stand in accordance with our church bylaws.

How to get involved:

Please contact sidewithlove@firstuuomaha.org

Decline To Sign Campaign

A ballot initiative is underway to amend the Nebraska constitution to make it harder to vote. Currently, petitions are circulating across the State to gather enough signatures to put this Voter Restriction Amendment on the ballot in November, 2022. Click here for more information about the ballot initiative and talking points you can use to email, text and phone family and friends to encourage them to DECLINE TO SIGN these petitions. 

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