UUSG Group Actions
UUSG Group Actions
ACTION OF THE WEEK
Come and go as you can. Bring lawn chairs, peaceful, loving signs, a voice for all peoples, and words for peaceful songs if you have them. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva Social Justice. Please join us in solidarity with those that are in the line of attack by hateful groups. We are all made of the same star stuff! Address is 115 S. 3rd Street, Geneva, Illinois 60134
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.
Raising the Minimum Wage: Worth and Dignity for All Workers
Both houses of the Illinois legislature have passed a bill (SB 81) gradually raising the state minimum wage to $15 by 2022. Most of the 400,000 minimum wage earners in IL are adults working full time. They make less than $17,000 a year, leaving many of them homeless or reliant on food stamps to make ends meet.
- Click here to urge Gov. Rauner to sign SB 81 giving minimum wage workers a living wage.
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.