UUANI is gearing up for a spring of putting our UU values into powerful action under the banner of the new Poor Peoples Campaign! Led by Rev. Dr. William Barber, this campaign is reviving the original Poor Peoples Campaign started by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King 50 years ago. Echoing and expanding on Dr. King’s naming of the triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism, the campaign provides a national values-rooted framework for state-based fusion organizing. Building on this framework, we are working with our statewide partners in Illinois for:
- Economic Justice: With wealth overwhelmingly concentrated at the top, we seek economic justice, equity and compassion through a Fair Tax, providing for the common welfare of all based on ability to pay.
- Restorative Justice: With thousands of citizens returning from incarceration each year, we seek to Restore Rights and Opportunities for returning citizens, affirming the inherent worth and dignity of each person.
- Environmental Justice: With ongoing objectification, exploitation, and violence against people and the planet, we are Ready for 100% renewable energy, affirming our respect for the interdependent web of existence.
Our first big action will be on February 14—the date of the Governor’s budget address—delivering Valentines to our legislators (either online or at the Capitol) calling on them to “have a heart” by passing a Fair Tax and a fully funded state budget. Additional Fair Tax actions will take place in Chicago on March 27, and at local post offices April 14-17 (around tax day).
Springfield advocacy days will be on April 17 (for Fair Tax and restorative justice issues) and April 26 (for environmental issues). We can also support you in meeting with your legislator at their local office.
The high point of the Poor Peoples Campaign will be 40 days of action from May 13 to June 21, with 1000 people in Springfield and each of 30 state capitols—30,000 people across the country—engaging in civil disobedience, with opportunities to support without being arrested.
All these efforts will lead into actions to engage our neighbors in the November elections, which are not just political contests but expressions of the values we are collectively choosing.
Finally, there will be opportunities for networking, support and preparation for these actions at two UU Justice Events co-sponsored by UUANI in collaboration with the UU Prison Ministry of IL and the Youth & Young Adult Visioning Team:
- Chicago/Northern IL: Tearing Down Walls – Building Up Connections, Community and Solidarity at Countryside Church UU in Palatine March 23 (evening) and 24.
- Central/Southern Illinois: UU Justice Event at Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation in Springfield on April 14.
We don’t expect everyone to participate in everything, but we hope you can find at least one way to participate in this season of action for justice, beloved community and a healthy planet. Please let us know what calls to you by filling out this form or by replying to this email.
Peace and Power,
Now through Feb 14: Side with Love 30 Days of Love – daily activities for the whole family.
Monday, February 5, 10am: Interfaith DREAM Act Rally at Federal Plaza, Chicago.
Monday, February 5, 10am: Poor Peoples Campaign press conference at the state Capitol.
February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, 7:45pm: UUA MidAmerica Region Social Justice Webinar Series by the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance (MUUSLA).
Wednesday, February 14, 11am: Peoples’ Budget Action for a Fair Tax at Capitol in Springfield.
February 23, March 23, May 4 and June (at GA): Love Resists/Church of the Larger Fellowship Stop Racist Policing Learning Community webinars.
Friday evening-Saturday, March 23-24: Chicago/Northern IL UU Justice Event 2018: “Tearing Down Walls – Building Up Connections, Community and Solidarity” at Countryside UU, Palatine.
Tuesday, March 27, 11am: Rally for a Fair Tax in downtown Chicago.
Wednesday, April 4: Poor Peoples Campaign 50th commemoration of assassination of MLK.
Saturday, April 14: UUANI Central/Southern IL UU Justice Event 2018 at Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation, Springfield (details tba).
April 14-17: Local Tax Day Actions for a Fair Tax at a post office near you (details tba).
Tuesday, April 17: Springfield Advocacy Day for Fair Tax and restorative justice issues.
Thursday, April 26: Springfield Advocacy Day for environmental issues.
Saturday, April 28: Reclaim: A BLUU Revival for Black UUs in Kansas City.
May 13-June 21: Poor Peoples Campaign 40 Days of Action (details tba).
Summer/Fall: Voter engagement and turnout (details tba).Category UU Advocacy Network of Illinois Tags