UUSG Group Actions
UUSG Group Actions
DEMAND A FILIBUSTER-BY-AMENDMENT TO BLOCK TRUMPCARE
If Senate Democrats are going to fight Trumpcare, they have to get serious. Encourage the use of Filibuster-by-Amendment at least until Trumpcare is shown to the public. Go to this URL for your script: https://5calls.org/issue/recQIDUQu3GZdgdzq
ACTION OF THE WEEK
Access to Health Care: A Matter of Justice and Compassion
All religious traditions lift up the importance of healing and wholeness, including physical health. Equitable access to health care is a matter of justice as well as basic compassion for those who need it.
The US Senate leadership is moving fast on a bill that would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid – an essential program that provides health care coverage for 69 million people nationwide, half of them children.
- Call Governor Rauner's office at 312-814-2121 or 217-782-0244 and urge him to publicly oppose cuts to Medicaid in any health care legislation, or click here to send an email message.
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
July 10 at 7 PM - On the Environment -Spkrs:Chris Kennedy; Karen Hudson The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St. St. Charles, IL https://www.facebook.com/events/1854822048123128/
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.