Social Justice Ministry
Dedicated to advancing human rights
and promoting social justice
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2013 Focus: Finding Hunger | 2012 Focus: Health Justice | Homelessness | Clean Water
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|Occupy Torrance continues every Wednesday in front of Bank of America at 21700 Hawthorne Blvd (at Carson St.) in Torrance. We are the 99%. Join us in this nonviolent solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement. We hold a weekly vigil in Torrance with placards against war and corporate abuses.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyTorrance or contact Dorian Tippet.
|November 2013 - October 2014
3305 Magnolia Ave., Lynwood
|Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Initiative – 1st Interfaith Home
Get uus involved and work together in this interfaith initative to build this inaugural decent, affordable home in this new 7-home Lynwood development. More details to follow as released. Contact Tracy Blender for more information and to sign up. Flyer
The Mission/Purpose of the Social Justice Ministry is to ensure that PUC is active and effective in social justice related issues, to direct that activity to ensure that PUC is making progress on the appropriate number of activities, to partner, where appropriate, with existing organizations, and to actively communicate social justice related issues and activities to the congregation.
The vision of the Social Justice Ministry is to participate and advocate on behalf of individuals and communities that are typically marginalized by society, through political, social and charitable means.
In addition, the PUC Social Justice Ministry Team and UUSC representative maintain a close alliance with the Unitarian Universalist Service
Committee (UUSC), the national voice of
social conscience for Unitarian Universalists. The UUSC addresses key international and rnational issues, enabling the Social Justice Committee members and PUC congregants to "plug into" activities and actions already underway.
Church wide justice making opportunities will be announced through The View. Open meetings to
discuss new ideas are held every fifth Sunday after the second service.
The Social Justice Ministry Committee meets every 3rd Friday of each month at 2 pm in Shuder Library. The committee is welcoming new members and friends of PUC to participate. At these meetings, we will discuss the process of incorporating other social justice projects that may be of interest to the congregation. If you would like to learn more about the SJ ministry committee, please contact PUC Social Justice Ministry.
Contact PUC Social Justice Ministry or call the church office at (310) 378-9449 for more information.
Articles by Sandy McNeil, UUSC Representative:
Behind the Kitchen Door:
What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed Us
Written by Saru Jayaraman
Not just a book; it's an opportunity for readers and activists to change the national conversation about what a truly sustainable food system is—a system where workers are paid a living wage and treated with dignity and respect.
Our immediate goal: get the book on the bestseller lists.
Our bigger goal: bring restaurant workers' rights the national attention they deserve.
All proceeds from the book go to support the work of a UUSC partner organization to advance restaurant workers’ rights. In addition, purchases made through the Powell’s links also support UUSC, as we are a longstanding member of the Powell’s partnership program.
After you make the purchase, please take a moment more to let us know.
The first 100 people to let us know that they bought the book between now and February 23 will receive gift packets, including a tasty fair-trade treat and material about making consumer choices that advance justice.
POLICIES / LEGISLATION
PRESS RELEASE: More Homeless People, Especially Veterans, Off the Street and in Shelters, Ed Kamlan, City of Long Beach
2013 Focus: Fighting Hunger
Our 2013 Social Justice Ministry's service objective is to fight hunger by focusing on reducing food insecurity among families and individuals that lack access to healthy foods. Food security allows fruits and vegetables to be in low-income homes on a daily basis. According to FeedingAmerica.org (2013), 1 in 6 Americans face hunger. FeedingAmerica.org also noted that good nutrition in the first three years in a child's life is critical for a child's physical and mental health that can lead to educational achievement and improved economic freedom.
By collaborating with community-based organizations to target low income families in San Pedro, Wilmington, Carson, Harbor City and Torrance, Pacific Unitarian Church, as a faith-based organization, will continue to strive to be at the forefront of change in the South Bay.
Currently, the crop from our permaculture food garden is reaching families visiting the Harbor Interfaith Shelter in San Pedro.
This article reports four stories of homeless youth (ages 18-24) in Long Beach, asking about their past and reasons for homelessness. The stories also focus on current obstacles they face being homeless in the streets of Long Beach.