CRS/UUANI 2017-05-24T14:18:41+00:00

CRS/UUANI

UCE Organizing Team news and opportunities – CRS, Prison Ministry, UUANI, Green Team

Here are some news and events to know about.  For more information on any of these please contact Dale Griffin or other participants.

CRS (Community Renewal Society) – We are looking into local efforts supporting affordable housing with other north suburban CRS congregations.

The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois will hold part two of “Radical Hospitality” at UCE, September 9 from 9am to 1pm, on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison. We are setting up support circles and other re-entry support for returning citizens. To be involved with this project please contact Dale Griffin.

UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois) continues to advocate  the areas of race, income inequality, and climate change. Contact Scott Aaseng or uu-advocacy-illinois.org to receive weekly emails that make it easy to join other UUANI supporters on timely advocacy on racial, economic and environmental justice, and more!  Over 50 members of UCE have participated.

The Green Team and Organizing Team invite you to a presentation Sunday, October 22 at 12:30pm on legislation to preserve beautiful red rock wilderness in Utah, championed by our own Sen. Durbin. Please RSVP to Heather Brown or Dale Griffin.

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: CRS/UUANI|0 Comments

UCE Organizing Team news and opportunities – CRS, Prison Ministry, UUANI, Green Team

The UCE Social Justice Organizing Team organizes for turnout at many UCE social justice events, including CRS, UUANI, Green Team, Prison Ministry, REAL Team, etc. Here are some news and events to know about. For more information on any of these please contact Dale Griffin or other participants. [email protected]

The Green Team and Organizing Team invite you to view a free movie at UCE on Friday, July 28 at 6:30, titled “Merchants of Doubt”, and a short discussion of climate change opportunities for action by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby follows. Please RSVP to Heather Brown or Dale Griffin.

Rep. Jan Shakowsky will be meeting with a small group of citizens on Monday, July 31, local venue TBD, to talk with us about where we can put our energies to be most effective, particularly on the local scene. RSVP to Dale Griffin.

CRS (Community Renewal Society) – The expansion of employment opportunities bill HB2373 that we, as CRS members, advocated for passed, and is waiting for Gov. Rauner’s signature!

The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois will hold part two of “Radical Hospitality” soon at UCE, on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison. We are setting up support circles and other re-entry support for returning citizens. To be involved with this project please contact Dale Griffin. We are holding covenant groups at Cook County Jail and will soon do the same at the Logan Correctional Center, a women’s prison in Lincoln, IL.

UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois) continues to advocate the areas of race, income inequality, and climate change. Contact Scott Aaseng or uu-advocacy-illinois.org to receive weekly emails that make it easy to join other UUANI supporters on timely advocacy on racial, economic and environmental justice, and more! Over 50 members of UCE have participated.

By | July 19th, 2017|Categories: CRS/UUANI|0 Comments

UCE Social Justice Organizing Events

UCE Organizing Team news and opportunities – CRS, Prison Ministry, UUANI, Green Team

The UCE Social Justice Organizing Team organizes for turnout at many UCE social justice events, including CRS, UUANI, Green Team, Prison Ministry, REAL Team, etc.  Here are some news and events to know about:

CRS (Community Renewal Society) – On May 9th seven UCE members joined hundreds of others from Community Renewal Society for our annual mass trip to the capitol.   We talked with legislators about the CRS platform items on employment opportunities for people with records, police accountability, and violence prevention.  The expansion of employment opportunities bill HB2373 had passed the House and is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate on May 16, so is looking good!

UCE is working with five other nearby CRS congregations in Evanston, Glenview, and Glencoe to see how we can work together on local issues.

The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois will hold part two of “Radical Hospitality” soon at UCE, on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison.  We are setting up support circles and other re-entry support for returning citizens. To be involved with this project please contact Dale Griffin.  We are holding covenant groups at Cook County Jail and have just been approved to do the same soon at the Logan Correctional Center, a women’s prison in Lincoln, IL, which is great news.

UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois held a workshop before the MidAmerica Regional Assembly, on “Talking the Walk” with Kathleen McTigue, Director of the UU College of Social Justice, and Scott Aaseng, Executive Director of the UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois),   Over 50 people attended, and learned some things about putting our social action efforts into words that tie to our values.    Contact Scott Aaseng to receive weekly emails that make it easy to join other UUANI supporters on timely advocacy on racial, economic and environmental justice, and more!

The Green Team and organizing team encouraged UCE participation in the April 22 March for Science and the April 29 People’s Climate March.  Thanks to all who participated.

For more information on any of these please contact Dale Griffin or other participants.  [email protected]

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: CRS/UUANI|0 Comments

UCE Organizing Team actions – CRS, Prison Ministry, UUANI, Green Team

 

UCE has a new, more unified approach to organizing for justice – we are using the reconstituted UCE Organizing Team to organize turnout for many UCE social justice events, including CRS, UUANI, Green Team, Prison Ministry, REAL Team, etc.  Here are some events to know about:

CRS (Community Renewal Society) – This Tuesday, May 9th join Community Renewal Society for our annual mass trip to the capitol.   We have a bus leaving from UCE at 6 a.m., returning about 7 p.m.  Contact Dale Griffin or Doug Erickson for more information or to RSVP! This year’s action will focus on employment opportunities for people with records, violence prevention, implementing the Fair Cops Ordinance in Chicago, and resolving the budget impasse fairly.

The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois held a workshop on “Radical Hospitality” April 22 at UCE, on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison. To be involved with this project please contact Dale Griffin.

UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois) is supporting the UU Prison Ministry as part of UUANI’s racial justice work.  A bill to limit the use of solitary confinement may be nearing a vote in the Illinois House. Almost 150 witness slips from UUANI supporters and others helped get the bill out of committee last month, and a recent successful lobby day netted another six co-sponsors. Help push this bill over the top by emailing and, if possible, calling your representatives.  Click this link to send an email and find your representative’s phone number to call in support of HB 259, the Isolated Confinement Restriction Act: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/321/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21967

The Green Team and organizing team encouraged UCE participation in the April 22 March for Science and the April 29 People’s Climate March.  Thanks to all who participated.

For more information on any of these please contact Dale Griffin or other participants.  [email protected]

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: CRS/UUANI|0 Comments

News from CRS, UU Prison Ministry, UUANI

Actions you can participate in with CRS, UU Prison Ministry, and UUANI:

CRS (Community Renewal Society) – This year’s actions will focus on employment opportunities for people with records, violence prevention, implementing the Fair Cops Ordinance in Chicago, and resolving the budget impasse fairly.  Join Community Renewal Society for our annual mass trip to the capitol on May 9, 2017 to advocate for these issues.   Contact Dale Griffin or Doug Erickson for more information or to RSVP!

The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois is planning a teach-in on supporting legislation reducing the use of solitary confinement in Illinois, in April, date TBD.  Scheduled is a workshop on “Radical Hospitality” April 22 at UCE, on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison.  RSVP Dale Griffin or Steve Serikaku.

UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois) has begun an “action of the week” in this time of rapid change due to the recent election.  This week’s issue is the new executive order on immigration.  To receive notifications please contact Scott Aaseng or Dale Griffin. Thank you.

UUANI will lead a workshop in conjunction with the MidAmerica Regional UUA Assembly at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale on Friday, April 28, 1-5 p.m

For more information on any of these please contact Dale Griffin or other participants.  [email protected]

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: CRS/UUANI|0 Comments

News from CRS, UU Prison Ministry, UUANI

Actions you can participate in with CRS, UU Prison Ministry, and UUANI:

CRS (Community Renewal Society) – This year’s actions will focus on employment opportunities for people with records, violence prevention, implementing the Fair Cops Ordinance in Chicago, and resolving the budget impasse fairly.  Join Community Renewal Society for our annual mass trip to the capitol on May 9, 2017 to advocate for these issues.   Contact Dale Griffin or Doug Erickson for more information or to RSVP!

The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois will celebrate its progress and new website and newsletter with a party at UCE on February 18 at 7:00.  Please contact Doug Erickson for information.  Also go with us THIS SUNDAY to the DuPage UU Church in Naperville to see a play at 3:00 “A Day at Stateville” written and performed by people who have been incarcerated, and learn lots about the prison system in Illinois and what we need to understand about it and work toward changing.  RSVP Dale Griffin for info or ride sharing.

UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois) has begun an “action of the week” in this time of rapid change due to the recent election.  Here is the action, on the IL budget, for this week.  It is easy to take this action, so if you agree with the need for a fair Illinois budget now, please do!  Thank you.

The Illinois budget is at the top of the state agenda this week, with the Governor delivering his State of the State address and the Senate working on a “grand bargain” compromise. They need to hear from us now to make the difficult choices needed for resolution.

Please call or click here to urge your elected officials to pass a responsible, full year, fully funded budget NOW.

For more information on any of these please contact Dale Griffin or other participants.  [email protected]

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: CRS/UUANI|0 Comments