What’s the difference between social justice and social action?
Although they sound alike, there is a distinction! Social action focuses on the here and now, offering support and assistance to an existing need or cause. Social justice picks up from there, seeking to change the world for the better, lessening or erasing the need for social actions. Putting our principles into action involves both; here are a couple ways CUUC members participate in social justice.
Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)
The Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry raises the voice of Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena, and seeks to have those values included in legislation and public policy.
Every two years when the Texas legislature is in session, TXUUJM hosts a Legislative Action Day, where UUs from our church and churches across the state convene in Austin to meet with legislators about specific bills being considered. Each time, the TXUUJM establishes a set of policy priorities to focus on; for 2019 these are: Immigration Justice, Reproductive Justice, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, and Public Education.
This year, Legislative Action Day is March 20th. You can sign up to participate at http://txuujm.org, and reach out to Pam Reinke-Walter or Dick Hildenbrand via firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you are coming. There will be a bus leaving for Austin from a neighboring Dallas-area church.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
The UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. The mission of UUSC is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as well as Unitarian Universalist principles. You can visit the UUSC website here: www.uusc.org.
One of the many programs of the UUSC that we participate in is Guest At Your Table, an annual campaign to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian causes.
To learn more about our efforts supporting the UUSC, contact Linda Frank or Anne Smith via email@example.com.