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.
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 issueLegislative 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 codeZIP 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.