Human Rights

Economic Inequality and UU Principles By Gene Mulligan, UU Church of Arlington

Much of the impetus for the Trump and Sanders campaigns is said to stem from voters who are angry about their declining economic circumstances. Income and wealth inequality are growing in our country. What should be done about it? French economist Thomas Piketty writes that the tendency for wealth to accumulate in fewer and fewer(…)

Syrian Refugee Crisis Updates & Action Steps

For UU congregations interested in the Syrian refugee crisis, UUCA and UU Church of Rockville have compiled important information and the best ways for UU congregations to respond. More Information Refugee Settlement Process: Refugees from Syria (or any other country) come into the US under the auspices of organizations which have contracts with the State Department, and(…)

RESCHEDULED – Workshop: Socially Responsible Impact Investing – Jan. 31, Washington Ethical Society, DC

Sunday, January 31, 1:00pm (Reschedule from Sunday, January 23) Washington Ethical Society, DC Closest metro: Silver Spring (about 0.8 miles) and on the S4 bus route; free parking on 16th Street. RSVP to Carol Rawie at kenrawie(at) or 301-649-4990 or contact for more information. Len Cohen, a Certified Financial Planner and member of Rockville Unitarian,(…)

National Justice-Building Conference Calls: Refugee Justice – Nov. 19 & Dec. 3, online

Want to learn how you or your congregation can help Syrian refugees? Concerned about Central American mothers and children being traumatized by U.S. family detention facilities? Join these conference calls to learn what you can do! Call 888-585-9008 and use conference room #609-185-545. Central American Mothers and Children in Detention Thursday, November 19, 3:00-4:00pm Hear highlights of(…)

What the Right to Vote Means to Me by Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, Faith in Action Minister, UU Church of Arlington, VA & President, UU Ministers Association

This year, the day August 18 took on greater meaning for me than it has in the past. August 18 is the day 95 years ago in 1920 when the 19th amendment to the US constitution was ratified. That amendment granted women the right to vote. Why is the date more notable to me this(…)

An End of Detention of Immigrant Children and Families?

On Friday, July 24, 2015 U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled on a motion to enforce a settlement of class action that the Obama Administration’s practice of detaining immigrant families violates the 1997 settlement in Flores v. Meese. Beginning in the summer of 2014, in response to a “surge” of Central Americans arriving at the(…)

Sign the UU Service Committee’s Petition to End the Jailing of Refugee Children

Jail is no place for children.

Yet hundreds of refugee children and their mothers are currently being imprisoned in for-profit detention camps, which are essentially jails, in the Southwestern United States. This is a violation of their basic dignity and human rights. Join us in calling on President Obama to release these imprisoned children.

UU Service Committee and UUA Have a Petition to Oppose Detroit Water Shut Offs

UUSC and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) are petitioning Mayor Michael Duggan, DWSD Director Sue McCormick, and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to restore water to most vulnerable households and to stop further shutoffs to vulnerable households. Help us send a strong message to Detroit’s emergency manager and water utility director. Help stop mass shutoffs and protect residents of this great American city. Help defend the human right to water.