Building Community for Justice

UUANI powers the social justice work of congregations.

UUANI provides Unitarian Universalists across Illinois with advocacy and legislative leadership to effectively build community and power to promote justice and a healthy planet. We bring social justice into the heart of spiritual life of congregations and develop ways for church communities to live the UU principles. We help bridge communities and congregations and align spirituality with tangible actions to affect change.





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September newsletter

The times are calling for an all-in response from people of faith and conscience.

With all that’s been happening – increased targeting and ostracizing of immigrants, ongoing violence against and incarceration of people of color, continuing economic inequality, the deepening climate crisis, the shredding of democratic norms and processes – it’s easy to feel like our UU values and our very collective existence are under an all-out assault. These are not entirely new developments in our history, but they are metastasizing in particularly harmful ways.

Yet as Francis Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen point out in Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want, it’s not necessarily the magnitude of these crises that daunts us, but the feeling that we can’t do anything about them.

UUANI is dedicated to building the sense of purpose, connection and power that it takes to deal effectively with the crises that face us, and to providing opportunities to put our values into effective action in the world.

As we work to empower our congregations to go all-in for justice, we invite you to share in this survey where you feel we are being called at this moment in history. What are some actions that we can take to reduce harm and move us towards justice, beloved community and a healthy planet? And perhaps: What are some things we need to stop doing in order to live out our values more effectively? 

As we each discern how and where to step up our game, I invite you to step up your support for UUANI to DONATE to the UUANI fall stewardship campaign. Every little bit helps, and new and increased donations will be matched by the UU Funding Program.

Together we can find meaning.
Together we can grow connections.
Together we can build power.
And together, we can create the world we long for.

Thanks for ALL you do!


2019 Campaigns

Immigrant Justice

HB 2040 (Cassidy): Private Detention Facility Moratorium Act
Extends the current ban on private prisons for criminal custody to civil detention – including detention of immigrants and refugees.
PASSED and SIGNED! Effective immediately!

HB 2691 (Hernandez): Retaining IL Students & Equity (RISE) Act
Ensures equal access to state financial aid for students currently ineligible for deferral aid (undocumented students, transgender students, those who have exhausted funding).
PASSED and SIGNED! Effective immediately!

HB 1637 (Welch): Keep IL Families Together Act (KIFTA)
Protects IL residents from ICE activity in public places and further limits collaboration between state or local law enforcement and ICE.
PASSED and SIGNED! Effective Immediately

Racial Justice

HB 2045 (Ammons): Healthcare in Prison
Eliminates the $5 co-pay for medical or dental services in prison.

HB 2444 (Cassidy): Children’s Best Interest Act
Prevents unnecessary harm to children caused by separation by requiring a Family Impact Statement that provides community-based placements or sentences whenever possible.

HB 3332 (Ramirez): Housing Income Tax Credit
Creates a tax incentive for landlords to rent to people with records, making it easier for them to access and maintain stable housing.

SB1780 Housing as a Human Right
Prohibits discriminating against people with records in renting and selling housing.

HB1438 (SFA2) Cannabis: Restore, Reinvest, Renew
Legalizes the possession of marijuana, eliminating it as a cause for arrest.

Still on the table for racial equity:
Education and job training in prison
Reduce mandatory minimums
End unlimited solitary confinement
End money bond HB3347

Economic Justice

SJRCA 0001 (Harmon): Fair Tax
Allows lower tax rates for lower incomes and higher tax rates for higher incomes, reducing income inequality and providing adequate revenue in support of the common good.

SB0001 Raise the minimum wage
$9.25 on January 1, 2020, $15 by January 2025

Environmental Justice

HB 3624/SB 2132 (Williams/Castro): Clean Energy Jobs Act Jobs and economic development for disadvantaged communities; a million fossil fuel vehicles off the road; a carbon-free power sector by 2030, and 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Tabled until fall session

SB9 Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act

Gun Dealer Licensing Act

SB25 (HFA1) Reproductive Health Act
Secures abortion rights in Illinois against possible national legislation banning abortion.

Well Done, UU Illinois!



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Listen Lead Share is a series of community conversations about how we get to the green energy economy we need in a way that works for all of us through the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA):



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UUANI is supported by contributions from Unitarian Universalist individuals and congregations in Illinois, and by grants from the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the Chicago Area Unitarian Universalist Council, and the Illinois Environmental Council. We are grateful for each of these forms of support!