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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A Statewide UU Justice Gathering
Friday, April 5, 1-5 pm
(before MidAmerica Regional Assembly in St Louis)
AT: First Unitarian Church
110 E. 3rd Street Alton, IL
(across that lovely bridge from St Louis)
Practicing intersectionality in our social justice work
Meet social justice UUs from all over the state
Connect our work for environmental justice,
immigrant justice, economic justice and
Get prepped to meet with legislators locally and in Springfield
· Learn about upcoming opportunities with UUANI
Environmental Justice: Clean Jobs legislation creating jobs, training 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 in Illinois by 2050. In partnership with Faith in Place and others in the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.
Immigration Justice: Welcoming Illinois legislation to end the criminalization of immigrant communities and expand opportunities for education and health care for all. In partnership with UUSC, Protected by Faith and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Racial Justice: Criminal justice reform, including voting access for prisoners, eliminating prison medical fees, ending cash bond and ending solitary confinement. In partnership with the UU Prison Ministry of Illinois and others in the Criminal Justice Advocates coalition.
Economic Justice: Fair Tax legislation to reduce income inequality and provide adequate revenue in support of the common good. In partnership with Community Renewal Society and others in the Responsible Budget Coalition.
Saturday, March 16, 6:30-9:00pm: Help Needed: A Mental Health Crisis in the Criminal Justice System presented by the UU Prison Ministry of Illinois at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave.
Tuesday, March 26: Springfield Advocacy Day for racial and economic issues.
Friday, April 5, 1:00-5:00pm: UUANI Statewide Justice Gathering in Alton (just prior to the start of Regional Assembly in St Louis).
April 15-26: Meet with your legislators during their in-district spring break.
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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!