Fracking transparency: Affirming the interdependent web of which we are all a part

We in Illinois are struggling with a fracking industry that thrives on secrecy — we are asking that drillers be required to publish their activities. HB282 mandates that the length and direction of all horizontal extensions from a vertical bore hole be included in the Department of Natural Resources' weekly permit logs; and that this, as well as disclosure of all chemicals used, be made publicly available within the week. These data will be subject to monitoring by public health and environment personnel.

Our UU friends in Bloomington-Normal have shepherded this bill into the legislative process. The bill is now under review by the Committee for Energy and the Environment — and you may register your support by submitting a witness slip HERE

Witness slip instructions:

Under Section I, fill in your identification information (under business you can write UUANI or “self”)

Under Section II, write "self"

In Section III, select "Proponent"

In Section IV, select "Record of Appearance Only"

Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement on the left

Select the "Create Slip" button on the right. You are done!

You may also ask your legislator to sign on as a co-sponsor HERE

In solidarity with Illinois People's Action

A Green New Deal: A matter of equality, compassion, and justice

A Green New Deal: A matter of equality, compassion, and justice

The Green New Deal proposes improving the quality of life for ALL of us through environmental justice:

  • Halt new fossil fuel extraction, infrastructure and subsidies, and transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035.

  • Decarbonize the agricultural and transportation sector and expand access to public transportation

  • Ensure a transition fair to workers and communities most impacted by change

  • Uphold the rights of indigenous people

  • Pass a national Full Employment Program, creating good jobs with collective bargaining, family-sustaining wages, and health care

The resolution has been endorsed by many advocacy groups, including our UU Ministry for Earth.

Your part is to ask for support from your legislator HERE and NOW!

You can join a tweet campaign being staged by the Sunrise Movement of young people HERE.

Partnering with the UU Ministry for the Earth and the UUA

Return voting rights to people with felonies: A matter of worth and dignity

Urge your Congressperson to support HR196, the Democracy Restoration Act of 2019.

The right to vote is the most basic constitutive act of citizenship. Regaining the right to vote reintegrates individuals with past criminal convictions into free society and restores their sense of themselves as important to our democratic communities.

The lack of a uniform standard for voting in Federal elections leads to an unfair disparity and unequal participation in Federal elections based solely on where a person lives. Policies for reinstatement of enfranchisement vary from state to state. In effect, currently some three million citizens who have been released from incarceration continue to be denied the right to vote in Federal elections by their state laws.

And state disenfranchisement laws disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minorities.

Click HERE to ask your US Representative to cosponsor HR196

The Democracy Restoration Act of 2019