We are excited to announce that our congregation has adopted the 8th Principle on March 14, 2021!

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

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!

As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace the reproductive justice framework, which espouses the human right to have children, not to have children, to parent the children one has in healthy environments, and to safeguard bodily autonomy and to express one’s sexuality freely. Rooted in these values, we unequivocally declare that SB 8, and any law that attempts to criminalize reproductive freedom—including abortion care—is morally wrong.

And, in addition to our thoughts and prayers, our faith calls us to actively and courageously resist such injustice. Here are some ways you and your congregation can take action today:

Donate to support Texans seeking abortions.

Sign up to attend the SACReD Gathering: Faith Communities Reclaiming Reproductive Dignity and Autonomy, January 25-26, 2022.

Host a Reproductive Justice Sunday in January, 2022.

The Social Justice Committee would like you to SAVE THE DATE for these important opportunities.

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

Urge Retailers to Abandon Dirty Ships: New zero-emissions vessels will drastically reduce the shipping industry’s carbon and ocean pollution. Amazon, IKEA, Target, and Walmart can make the choice TODAY to Ship it Zero and exclusively ship on zero-emissions vessels by 2030.

Step up and sign the petition for a ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunity to preserve our livable world for future (and present) generations and fight for climate, jobs, and justice. DEMAND that your elected leaders go all-out to defeat Climate Change. We have a chance to create millions of good jobs, fight racial and economic inequality, and avert the worst of the climate crisis. Let’s DO IT!

Looking for ways to help those impacted by the devastation in Haiti? Here are some organizations currently providing aid:

UU Service Committee          Church World Service          Beyond Borders

The Poor People’s Campaign – A National Call for Moral Revival has many events and actions. Please check out their site and be on the watch for weekly Moral Mondays.

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.

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

Tony Giordano is the outgoing Chair of the Social Justice Committee, having filled the role for the four years ending June 30. He joined the committee 10 years ago when he became a member of UUCMC. Through Tony’s leadership, the Social Justice Committee has taken on an unprecedented level of initiatives and actions. He has truly inspired and enabled UUCMC members and friends in the work of “transforming the world.”

Originally an environmental activist, Tony gravitated to working on what he sees as the root cause of the country’s environmental problems—big money in politics. Along with Rich Held, Tony initiated the Corruption of Democracy Task Force at UUCMC nearly five years ago, which is still active under the name UU the Vote. The task force has taken a number of actions to help restore democracy, often working with organizations such as the UUA and RepresentUs.

Tony has been a member of several other committees at UUCMC, including Nominating, the Broadened Weekend Experience, and most recently, the 8th Principle Team. Says Tony, “Serving as Chair of Social Justice has been one of the most meaningful and fulfilling experiences of my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in this essential work with so many dedicated people.”

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