UUSG Group Actions
ACTIONS OF THE WEEK
1. Trump’s Tax Scam is here. Republicans are gearing up to attempt to ram tax cuts for millionaires and corporations through Congress on the backs of the middle class and low-income workers. Well, we’re ready to fight it and we’ve built out TrumpTaxScam.org with resources, call scripts, and town hall questions to help you prepare for next week's recess.
2. Put pressure on your Members of Congress to demand an emergency relief package for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Our government is failing the people of Puerto Rico and the US. Virgin Islands. Visit our website, read our explainer, and put pressure on your MoC to provide an emergency relief package and permanently rescind the Jones Act.
3. Demand a clean DREAM Act. This Thursday, October 5th, marks an important deadline for DREAMers who’ve received deferred deportation: it’s the last day to re-apply. Thursday, and every day, we’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with immigrants to #DefendDACA and demand a clean DREAM Act. Visit standup.indivisible.org to take action to support DREAMers now.
4. Trump is a foreign policy disaster. Escalating tensions with North Korea and Iran. Slashing the number of refugees allowed in the United States. Expanding the Muslim ban. These bigoted, dangerous policies make us much less safe as a nation. Read more on the Indivisiblog and learn how to put pressure on your Member of Congress to stop Trump’s warmongering.
Committing to Protect the Interdependent Web
President Trump has announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, but Illinois does not have to follow him. The US Climate Alliance is a bipartisan group of states that have committed to following through on the Agreement. The Illinois House and Senate have also passed resolutions calling for our state to join the Climate Alliance, and to develop a plan to achieve 100% clean energy by 2045.
- Click here to urge Gov Rauner to join the US Climate Alliance and to develop a plan to achieve 100% clean energy by 2045.
Support for Affordable Housing
We have an opportunity to support the development of affordable and supportive housing in the Batavia/ Geneva area. As many of you are probably aware the Fox River Valley Initiative is working with Evergreen Real Estate Group and asking for approvals by the City of Batavia to redevelop the Campana Building at the intersection of Fabyan and Batavia Ave on the Geneva/ Batavia boarder into mixed income multifamily housing. Our area is in desperate need of affordable housing. The affordable housing in both towns is far below the legal requirement of the Illinois Affordable Housing Act. This is an opportunity to make progress on affordable housing for our kids, teachers, caregivers, people with disabilities and other diverse community members that we rely on. While the development is in the city of Batavia, Geneva residents are also stakeholders and the city of Geneva is gathering their input and representing them in the Batavia Council discussion.
Please read the attached FAQ and example support letter attached and then email or call your city alderman and mayor. Let them know that you support affordable housing and these people are welcome in our community.
Geneva Alderman Contact Info: http://www.geneva.il.us/index.aspx?NID=124
Batavia Alderman Contact Info: http://www.cityofbatavia.net/233/City-Council-Committee-of-the-Whole
Commit to Translate Your Values into Action!
The future of our children and our planet depends on us standing against the corrupt, racist, authoritarian vision of a minority of our society.
Please sign the joint UUA and UUSC declaration of conscience and resist. Stand together on the side of your neighbors, your family, and your values. Stand on the side of Love.
Declaration of Conscience
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
The time is now.