Nov. 11, 2015
Sunday, Nov. 8 UU members from around the state came together for a legislative conference via phone/video. Eighteen different congregations had member participation to determine the focus for our agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Those participating from PUUF were: Kathy Knowles, Jo Ann Brixie, Judy and Jim Arbogast.
Video interviews on major topics were shared prior to the conference and are available on the Washington State Voices for Justice website: http://uuvoiceswa.nationbuilder.com
Discussions were held around the issues of climate justice, economic justice (including labor issues and school funding equity), human rights (including the death penalty, voting rights, and criminal justice), and other issues brought up by members (included treaty rights).
Individuals voted on issues that we want to see as Washington State legislative priorities. The top votes were for Initiative 732 (carbon WA); tax reform (capital gains/income tax/cutting loopholes); control of coal/oil trains; criminal justice issues (ending the death penalty & 3 strikes/reform of the system); and supporting a minimum wage bill.
Please consider contributing to the Social Justice Network. By contributing to the WA Social Justice network, you support the ongoing work of our lobbyists to keep these issues in front of our legislators. http://uuvoiceswa.nationbuilder.com Every contribution helps.
November 16- 22 Kitsap’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 16 [Monday]: 12 pm “Blessing of the Hats and Scarves” - Chili and Cornbread lunch and services; at Bremerton United Methodist Church - 1150 Marine Drive, Bremerton, 98312
November 21 [Saturday]: 10:00 am start; Hunger and Homelessness Awareness March; meet at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church [1513 6th Avenue, Bremerton 98337] and march to the Norm Dicks Center. Please bring donations of non-perishable food and outdoor/winter clothing/footwear. This march is in honor of Ms. Sally Santana and is sponsored by The Kitsap Interfaith Network, The Salvation Army, and the Bremerton Foodline.
Also on November 21 [Saturday]: in Tacoma:
One year has passed without relief for our criminalized communities and more people are being detained in the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) everyday.Join The March (from downtown Tacoma to Northwest Detention Center) Saturday, November 21st -Gather at 12pm at Tollefson Plaza (S 17th St and Pacific Ave in Tacoma - across the street from Tacoma Art Museum)
-Rally will begin at 1pm outside the Northwest Detention Center (1623 E J St., Tacoma, WA)
Kitsap County Human Rights Conference December 4, 2015: 8 am to 3 pm; Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton. This is a celebration of accomplishments and an exploration of where human rights can improve through panels, networking, educating and fostering communication, understanding and collaboration. The lead off speaker will be Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe since 2005 and member of the tribal council for over 20 years. For more information and to register go to: http://www.kitsapgov.com/boards/humanrights/hrcboard.htm
Contact Judy Arbogast if you have questions and/or wish to receive updates on Social Justice events in our area. firstname.lastname@example.org