Here is our report from Jack Finkenberg, our Social Justice Committee Chair:
Jack was re-elected to the Long Island Sierra Club Board of Directors for 2015. For more information on the Long Island Sierra Club, click on this button:
As a Long Island Sierra Club Board member, Jack nominated the New York Communities for Change for the Environmentalist of the Year Award. This group recently represented the local Latino neighborhoods of Brentwood and Central Islip in their efforts to force the town of Islip to clean up the toxic waste in a local park. Jack believes that there is a good chance that the nomination will be approved.
Jack has also encouraged the New York Communities for Change to do more work in Bay Shore. They are looking to have a meeting at our Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk building in the hope of attracting more people in the Bay Shore area to become active in the community. Jack will keep us posted on the outcome of this meeting and what kind of progress the group makes.
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The effort to attend the local homeless survey was made impossible by the snow storm. Jack is hoping to report to us in the near future how this effort develops.
Jack also volunteered for three days at the Unitarian Universalist food pantry in January and told us he found it to be very rewarding work.
Thanks for all your efforts and for keeping us informed on your and our congregation’s help in the community, Jack.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
UUSC advances human rights through grassroots collaboration. In 15 countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact are grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights. Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee by clicking on the button to the right.
UU College of Social Justice
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) assists Unitarian Univer-salist congregations to harness collective power for change through trips and programs that provide an exciting, hands-on experience for current leaders and future activists of any age! We help build capacity for moving justice forward. The college is an enduring educational institution that transforms lives. Learn more by clicking on the button to the right.
“We tend to treat changes in the economy as if they were like the weather—natural phenomena governed by forces beyond our control. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have chosen to live in a society with high unemployment and with income distribution that is becoming medieval. A tiny percentage of Americans owns most of the wealth. Meanwhile millions of willing and able people are without work. This did not just happen. We created this situation.”
- Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales
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