Friend,

The year 2020 has arrived.  Members of the UUJF Board hope that each day can bring you more than a few moments of hope, love and beauty as you work for your community and the world.  Happy New Year from the Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida board members.

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Legislative Outreach

An outpouring of constituent support over the next three weeks will be necessary in order to secure passage of over 150 bills on the UUJF Legislative Tracker during the upcoming 8 week Legislative session.  Each bill must receive favorable votes in each of its three committee stops in order to reach the chamber floor for a final vote.

Listed below are key categories of bills, their first committee stops and the number of bills that will die unless constituents of committee chairs and committee members show support by urging their representatives to place these bills on their next committee agenda.

Core issue                                                      Legislative Committee

Gun Sense safety                                House Criminal Justice Subcommittee (9 bills)
                                                             Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee (14 bills)
Criminal Justice Reform                       House Criminal Justice Subcommittee (13 bills)
                                                             Senate Criminal Justice Committee (11 bills)
Civil Rights for Women, LGBTQ          House Civil Justice Subcommittee (7 bills)
                                                             Senate Health Policy Committee (9 bills)
 

There are more than 100 other bills on the Tracker that address environmental sustainability, public health, education and preemption of regulation to the state that have been referred to a dozen or so other committees for hearings.

 UUs are encouraged to open UUJF Action Alert emails and use the talking points and contact information to urge their representatives to support passage of bills consistent with UU Principles and Purposes.

In order to receive a targeted Alert, your address and complete ZIP+4 address code must be in the mailing list data base.  If this is not your correct 9-digit ZIP+4 address code ZIP you will not receive targeted Action Alerts unless you sign up with your street address and 9 digit ZIP code on the UUJF website Take Action page. Don't know your 9-digit ZIP+4?  Look it up here

The Legislative Agenda is posted on the UUJF Website.

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UU Justice Florida Legislative Days

Monday and Tuesday, January 27-28.
UU Church of Tallahassee and the State Capitol.
 

UU Justice Florida invites Unitarian Universalists and friends  to come to Tallahassee to speak truth to their elected officials and to observe the legislative process firsthand.

Program and Event information is posted on the Event Registration page.

Tuesday, January 7, is the deadline for Unitarian Universalist attendees to register and reserve a free room at the Days Inn for Monday night.  

Monday, January 20 is the registration deadline for dinner and the evening program should you be making your own overnight accommodations.

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Save the Date - Sixth FL-iCAN! Assembly

Our Opportunity to Realize Blue Green Neighborhoods in Florida
March 13th and 14th
Callahan Neighborhood Community Center in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando.
 

Watch for program details and registration information in the February UUJF Newsletter.

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Kindra Muntz, former president, UU Justice Florida to receive an Award

Kindra Muntz, former president of UU Justice Florida, has been chosen to receive the Tom Paine Award at the Annual Tom Paine Dinner.  Each year Florida Veterans for Common Sense (FLVCS) sponsors a birthday celebration in honor of the Founding Father, Thomas Paine.

This year’s party promises to be exceptional. Social critic, Jim Hightower, will be the keynote speaker and will be awarding the annual Thomas Paine award to an outstanding community activist, Kindra Muntz.  In addition, this year a special Veteran Service Award will be presented to a FLVCS member whose unrecognized work has helped thousands of veterans.

The party will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the IMG Golf Course Country club in Bradenton. After the awards, dinner and talk, there will be music and dancing. This event is often sold out. Buy tickets here.

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Environmental Justice News

Hurricane Michael disaster recovery

Watch this 17 min video for insights and reflections of students displaced by Hurricane Michael that they will share with their legislators at UUJF Legislative Days in support of SB 502 to fund Hurricane Michael disaster recovery efforts.

This video will be played on a loop outside the Bay Arts Center exhibit January 15 – 31 and will be made available for UU congregations and their faith partners around the state hosting their pop-up exhibit and screening.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The grant application for the EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program submitted by Jan Booher, Director, UUJF Climate Resilience Ministry, on behalf of LEAD Coalition of Bay County, Inc.  has been approved!

EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks.

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UUtheVote

The past decade has been a time of hope and harm. As we enter 2020 the stakes have never been higher for truly building a movement that harnesses the power of love to dismantle oppression. Side with Love will be working with UUtheVote in a variety of ways to bring out our communities to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. Please join the UUtheVote Launch on Jan. 12th, 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST.

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UUCSJ 2020 Summer Internships

UUJF is planning to participate in the  UU College of Social Justice 2020 Global Justice Summer Internship program in collaboration with congregations in Panama City and/or in Central Florida

For information on internship opportunities visit the internship application link.  Congregations and members are strongly encouraged to share the internship positions within your own networks and/or social media channels to help spread the word. Application deadline is February 5.

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Congregational Programs

Community Screening of The Condor & Eagle for World Water Day

UU Ministry for Earth is honored and proud to be an Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary, The Condor and The Eagle, and has set a goal of holding as many UU community film screenings on (or around) World Water Day (Sunday, March 22) as possible.

Click here to view the movie trailer and for information on scheduling a screening in your congregation.

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Get out the Vote Opportunity

Screenings are a great way to educate your community, motivate your constituents to take action, or to raise money for your cause. Consider partnering with community groups to sponsor a showing.

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a new documentary by Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed, Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, & the NRA), weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election. Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. while her opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, was in charge of running the election. In a race that was ultimately decided by 54,723 votes, the film exposes that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America.

About SUPPRESSED; The Fight to Vote

Runtime: 38 minutes
Go to Brave New Films and fill out the form to host a free screening.
Showings listed in Florida in 2020 as of December 31:
(There were no showings listed in Florida in 2019,
So, add your area to the list!)
 
Jan 7, Port Orange Presbyterian Church
Jan 9, UU Fellowship of St. Augustine
Jan 11, Democratic Club of Sarasota  Selby Library
Jan 17, Leesburg, FL  Hermitage Hall
Jan 18, Buckman Bridge UU Church
Feb 25, Sarasota, FL  Private Screening
March 24, UU Fellowship of Vero Beach
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Please submit news and upcoming events in your congregation for the February newsletter to info@uujusticefl.org by January 28.

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Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida
P.O. Box 18954| Sarasota, Florida 34276
 | info@uujusticefl.org

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