Racial, Native, and Immigrant Justice
The principles of Unitarian Universalism call on us to demand justice for all
Member congregations of the UUA covenant that we will affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and justice, equity and compassion in human relations. However, systemic racism and other forms of structural oppression continue to make those principles illusory for many marginalized groups of Maine residents. As Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us from the Birmingham jail in 1963, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
Areas of focus:
Areas of focus:
- Enactment of laws with the best and most long-lasting potential effect on racial, native and immigrant populations in Maine, though in many cases the beneficial effects of such laws would be felt by many other Maine residents as well. These areas include economic security and access to benefits, criminal justice and reduction of harm resulting from mass incarceration, and tribal sovereignty.
- Collaborative relationships with statewide justice-oriented organizations and with interest groups within the populations most impacted by injustice. Each helps to educate us and to magnify our impact by directing us toward legislative and public policy areas where our voice as a faith-based organization can make the greatest difference.
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