Thanks for supporting the Single-Use Waste Ban Bill! “This is an environmental victory that’s been years in the making,” said Amy Goldsmith, the New Jersey state director for Clean Water Action. “Thank you Gov. Murphy not once but twice — first for vetoing the 2018 bill that would set back efforts to prevent plastic waste, and now for signing the nation’s strongest waste reduction law. It was well worth the wait. New Jersey is now leading the paradigm shift away from single use disposables to reusables.”

The NJ Remembrance Coalition for Social Justice is pleased to announce that our proposal for Soil Collection and an Historical Marker for Samuel Johnson has been approved by the Equal Justice Initiative. We will now be working directly with EJI to educate the public and complete the project.

Thank you to all the congregants who have helped out Fulfill, Lunch Break and Casa Freehold!

The New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the New Jersey Department of State, is presenting a virtual program focusing on how Black sororities have successfully affected the lives of individuals and communities at the local, national, and international levels. The panel will be moderated by New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. Register for the March 29th event here.

The 8th Principle Task Force has started a GoodReads group with recommended reading. It has past common reads as well as member suggestions. Please check it out here.

Support Black-Owned Businesses: MCWRET, Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, has put together a handy guide of local black-owned businesses. Check it out here and help to support the local community!

Also check out this list of Black-Owned Businesses recently shared with us. It is another great resource with many different categories.

Nikole Hannah-Jones explains the history of economic injustice and argues that if black lives are to truly matter in America, the nation must finally pay its debts. Read here.

UU FaithAction NJ Environmental Task Force newsletter is full of information, news and action items and can be found here.

To keep up to date on continuing actions and ways to fight systemic racism in our country, please check out the following sites:
Showing Up For Racial Justice
Movement For Black Lives
Campaign Zero
National Bail Fund Network

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as a punishment for crime.  You can help New Jersey prohibit slavery or involuntary servitude in any form.  Read here to learn more about the bill to make this happen, then contact Senator Stephen Sweeney at (856) 251-9801 and ask him to schedule SCR96 for a vote in the NJ Senate.

Please sign Color Of Change‘s petition demanding police accountability and the end of qualified immunity! Qualified immunity prevents individuals and their families from holding police officers accountable for the countless harms they’ve committed against Black people and communities of color by creating a firewall around police misconduct. We all deserve equal protection under the law and police officers who brutalize Black people must be held accountable.

The YWCA of Northern NJ has introduced a 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. Participants are presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Sign up here to receive an email a day.

The NJ Institute for Social Justice has a frequently updated list of actions. Please check back often to see how you can help.

Help us get the Reproductive Freedom Act ​on the Health Committee agenda! For an example script and more information, hit the link above.

  • Assembly  Health Committee, Asm. Conaway:  856-461-3997
  • Senate Health, Human Services, etc., Sen. Vitale: 732-855-7441
  • Assembly Majority Leader, Asm. Craig Coughlin:  732-855-7441
  • Sen. Sweeney:  856-251-9801

Please take the time to contact your state legislators to ask them to sponsor and support S1512 and A3052. This bill requires the Department of Education to develop and maintain a list of textbook vendors that incorporate inclusive material in their textbooks, and to make this list publicly available for schools to refer to.

Tell These NJ Officials to Release All Detainees & Incarcerated #FreeThemAll
ICE | Bergen County | Essex County | Hudson County | CoreCivic

Member Spotlight

Judy Stevens has been an active member of the Social Justice Committee for the better part of 25 years, in a number of different roles. She has always proven to be knowledgeable and resourceful in the many endeavors for which she has volunteered. UUCMC and our community have benefited from her dedication and passion.

Currently, Judy is chair of the UUCMC Rainbow Coalition, which formed 9 years ago, and she has been organizing our presence at Pride Festival for the past 8 years. Along with Aimee Vanduyne, Judy is UUCMC congregational co-liaison to UU FaithAction NJ, where she is also a member of the Environmental Task Force. And, most recently, Judy helped form the UUCMC 8th Principle Task Force.

In addition, Judy has served in a wide range of positions at UUCMC outside of Social Justice. She is currently co-chair of the Committee on Congregational Ministry (CoCM). And she managed to find time to volunteer at Lunch Break in Red Bank until needing to take a hiatus due to the worsening pandemic.

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