The UU Social Action group initially loaned $25 to 8 different entrepreneurs back in 2008 on Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Since then, we have made 92 loans to 38 countries which equates to $2300 overall with our initial contribution.
One of our recent loans was to Maram. She is 27 & lives with her husband (a builder) and three young children in the village of Jebal Muhaber, in east Jerusalem. She has been selling infants’ clothing from her house, but now wishes to set up shop, and to expand the range of baby and toddler clothes and accessories that she can offer.
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.”
Thanks to all who responded to the Action Alert! A resolution creating a commission to study sexual assault, misconduct and harassment by staff against inmates in state correctional facilities was signed into law on Sept 14th. The resolution, SJR-79/AJR-167, is sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Nia Gill.
New Jersey state legislature passed landmark environmental justice legislation (S232/A2212) that seeks to promote environmental justice by ensuring that low-income communities of color are not burdened with unfair shares of pollution.
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!