UUSG Group Actions
ACTIONS OF THE WEEK
This was posted on Facebook by our friend Colin Campbell:
"Our Friends at the First Congregational Church of Geneva have again been the target of hate. An anti-LGBT group protested loudly outside the church this morning during services and handed out hateful pamphlets."
The church offered our organization much support over the last year, next Sunday let's offer them ours. I with my family will be outside the church during their service from 10 till 11 am with our Got Love signs. I hope to see some of you there too.
I intend to be there. No signs are necessary, although they would certainly be welcome. We just need numbers to stand in silent judgement of these people. This does not belong in Geneva. It does not belong anywhere.
2018 Affordable Care Act Enrollment
Unfortunately recent changes in the ACA have made it harder to enroll and re-enroll. We all need to make a concerted effort to spread the word to people who need health insurance coverage or are already on Medicaid, or covered by a plan from the Marketplace on how and when to enroll/re-enroll/change plans.
What is different this year?
- Much SHORTER ENROLLMENT period: Nov. 1 through December 15 (NOT Jan 31)
- Marketing & Advertising Budget has been cut by 90% (Hence the need to get the word out other ways).
- Fewer plans are available
- Currently enrolled participants may not receive a notice of Open Enrollment.
What can you do to help?
- Help get the word out.
- Direct people needing navigator help to contact VNA VNA Health Care in Aurora:
- PHONE: (630) 892 - 4355
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- WEBSITE: http://www.vnahealth.com
- ADDRESS: 400 N. Highland Ave, Aurora, IL 60506
2. Become familiar with the Illinois Connector so you can find local help and make appointments for individuals who need more guidance: www.getcoveredillinois.gov Tech savvy folks can enroll on their own at this site.
3. We can host an enrollment event at UUSG if we have a significant number of people who need help. Have interested people call Bill Scown at 630 360 0905 or email at email@example.com
Some facts to counter myths floating around at present:
- If you enroll, you WILL have coverage throughout 2018. Congress cannot take it away retroactively.
- 80% of enrollees will qualify for a discount of some sort.
- “Navigators” and insurance brokers are available to help people enroll. See
https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/#/results?q=GENEVA%2C%20IL%2060134&lat=41.8778243&lng=-88.3336477&state=IL for a comprehensive local directory of assisters.
Please share this information. Healthcare is a human right.
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.