What You Can Do for Justice

Community BoardJoin us to create compassionate justice grounded in spiritual community! Here’s some of what you can do: Put together weekly meals for the street homeless. Make and serve a monthly dinner at a local men’s shelter. Advocate for things like public transportation and against things like gun violence. Bring a food donation on Sundays. Place some money in our Sunday collection plate which we’ll share with a worthy justice partner.

If you’re looking for ways to get involved, share your gifts, and serve the common good; you’ve come to the right place. Here are some specific opportunities to get involved. Our Justice League coordinates our justice work, contact them at <justice at alleghenyuu.org>.

 

 

Help Us Replenish the NCM Food Pantry

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Help Us Replenish the NCM Food Pantry

Every Sunday through January 2013, we’ll be collecting non-perishables to help replenish the Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry. Bring and share them during the service.  

2012-13 UUA Common Read

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Justice Opportunities | Comments Off on 2012-13 UUA Common Read

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press) has been selected as the 2012-13 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read. Alexander, an attorney who is a civil rights advocate and litigator, asserts that crime-fighting policies and systems in the U.S., such as the “war on drugs” and the incarceration system, disproportionately and intentionally affect Americans of color. She describes multifaceted, lifelong discrimination and disenfranchisement that affect people who are branded “felon.”

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. A discussion guide to The New Jim Crow will be available online in October, 2012, to help Unitarian Universalist (UU) groups reflect on the book and consider together what steps they are called to take, as people of faith, in response to Alexander’s call for awareness and action.

The UUA Bookstore is supporting this Common Read with a 10% discount on orders of 5-9 books and 20% off orders of 10 or more books. Yourpurchase of The New Jim Crow from the UUA Bookstore supports the work of our Association.The New Jim Crow is also available online where e-books are sold, and in public libraries.

Contact Rev. Dave here if you’d like to explore this book together. 

Assist Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Assist Victims of Hurricane Sandy

A few members have asked how they can directly assist victims of Hurricane Sandy. To join a work party road trip between Christmas and New Year’s, contact Rev. Dave or connect on the church’s FaceBook group page (Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church). To contribute to area Unitarian Universalist congregations such as Canton Ohio that was severely damaged in addition to other region churches, please visit: http://www.ohiomeadville.org/sandyrelief

Raise Money While You Shop with Giant Eagle Cards

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Justice Opportunities | Comments Off on Raise Money While You Shop with Giant Eagle Cards

Raise money for Allegheny UU Church while you shop at Giant Eagle. Order cards  in $100, $50, $10 increments.  The cards can be used for anything that you purchase at Giant Eagle or GetGo. You can buy groceries, prescriptions, gasoline and, you can purchase any of the gift cards (Best Buy, Kohl’s, etc.) carried by Giant Eagle. They are a perfect gift for any occasion — birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other important celebrations! (How about for Teachers?) Giant Eagle cards work like cash. You get the full value of your money, and Giant Eagle contributes 5% to Allegheny. See Betty Schwarz for more information or to place an order.

Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) 2012 Public Action Meeting

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Justice Opportunities, News | Comments Off on Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) 2012 Public Action Meeting

 

Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) “Moving People of Faith Into Action”

2012 Public Action Meeting Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:00-8:30pm

Rodef Shalom Congregation
4905 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Join 1,200 people as we take action on local and regional issues

Transit: PIIN and our partners are coming together to kick-off a multi-year campaign to get sufficient dedicated local and state funding for public transit. We are better together!

Education: PIIN is seeking commitments to continue to work with PIIN and our partners to achieve equity for all of our students, which can only be achieved with a partnership of parents, community, administration and teachers.

Jobs and the Clean Rivers Campaign: ALCOSAN has proposed and plans to implement a multi-billion dollar fix to the sewer system. PIIN, as part of the Clean Rivers Coalition, wants this, the largest infrastructure investment in Allegheny County’s history, to do the maximum good in the community. We are pushing for good jobs, for green methods to help solve the storm water problem, and provide benefits to our communities and for strategies to reduce flooding.

Voter ID and Turnout: Civic participation is a cherished value of each of the faith traditions represented in PIIN and we will put it into action by encouraging and protecting the vote this November.


Recycle Your Batteries

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Justice Opportunities | Comments Off on Recycle Your Batteries

Are your batteries dead? (Not figuratively. Literally.) They don’t go in recycle and shouldn’t be thrown in the trash. Green Sanctuary has a bin in Founders Hall for you to bring your old batteries and electronics.