Social Justice in Action

We have many activities around Social Justice at First Unitarian Society. Here are some of them for the month of March 2017.

Active Voices
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Our grassroots group Active Voices got started after the election in November. Join this group and receive Action Alerts on specific issues. You will get clear information about the issue, who to contact by phone, email, or letter to address the concern. You will usually be given a suggestion about what to say. Can you find 5 minutes a day to help make a difference? Join us!

To sign up for the Rapid Response Network and receive Action Alerts, please and look forward to more info soon. You can also find out what the Active Voices group has been up to the previous Tuesday by checking out the newsprint on Rev. Kelli’s office window. There are suggestions there for what actions you might take in the coming week. Many thanks to FUS members Anita Martinez and Mary Ann Lundquist for their efforts organizing this group and helping us all share our UU values with our elected officials.

Active Voice Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 pm in the Library
Write letters, emails, send faxes or make phone calls to our elected and other officials regarding issues of concern to members and friends of FUS. We meet to support and re-energize each other and to keep our voices heard. Contact Anita Martinez if you are interested in joining us. 612-722-8158 (text or voice) or .


First Hour: Social Justice Roundtable, Sunday, March 19, 9:30 am
Come hear a MN legislative update for the session and find out what’s happening that needs our attention. All are welcome! Contact for more info.

Homeless Day on the Hill, Tuesday, March 14, 9am-3pm
MN State Capitol, St. Paul
FUS, as a member of Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH), will join with hundreds of Minnesotans from across the state to advocate for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless agenda to strengthen MN’s housing continuum, invest $100 million in bonds for housing, increase MFIP cash assistance by $100/month, and restore voting rights for ex-offenders. Meetings will be set up with your legislators and you will receive all the info and training you need. Please register as soon as possible! More info and a link to registration is here.

Pro-Choice Lobby Day, Wednesday, March 29, 1-5pm
MN State Capitol, St. Paul 
Both houses of the MN Legislature are under control of an anti-choice majority. As humanists and Unitarian Universalists, we stand for the right of individuals to make their own reproductive healthcare choices, and we work for access for all citizens, so we are heading to the Capitol to make our voices heard. Registration is required; once registered, you will have lobby visits arranged, and you will receive info and training. Please register as soon as possiblehere. An evening of training is planned for Thurs., March 16 from 6:30-8pm at the NARAL Pro-Choice MN, office at 2300 Myrtle Ave, St. Paul.

Third triennial Service Trip
returning to the Arizona Navajo Reservation, over Spring Break, April 3-7, 2017
This is an all-abilities, intergenerational opportunity to experience a diverse culture while working along side the Navajo to improve their infrastructure and community. High School students are encouraged to participate in this trip, with or without family members. Former FUS member Pamela Meade, who lives with her family in Pinon, AZ, will be organizing our service projects and at least one “fun” day to see Arizona sights and/or tour the Hopi reservation. We will be staying near Canyon de Chelly, with either hotel or camping options. You are responsible for transportation and lodging costs, plus a fee (TBD) per person for van rental, group meals and project expenses, based on the total number of participants. For more information, please email or call 612-781-0418.