UUJEC Summer Newsletter

UUJEC Summer Newsletter 2019 #1

Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community

Karla Chew, Editor, Inquiries to: Newsletter@uujec.com

Co-Sponsors

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth

Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

All Souls Church

Side with Love

A panel discussion concerning the

Green New Deal

Much has been said and written about the Green

New Deal. From what I have seen much of what

has been discussed has addressed the political

aspects of the Green New Deal. This is an

important topic. The substance of the Green New

Deal has not gotten as much attention. House

Resolution 109, introduced by Congresswoman

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, lists the goals of the

Green New Deal. These goals are captured into

two broad categories, climate and economic.

Under the economic tent are goals of the creation

of millions of good, high paying jobs; providing

unprecedented levels of prosperity

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UUJEC Summer Newsletter 2019 #1

Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community

Karla Chew, Editor, Inquiries to: Newsletter@uujec.com

~The Price of World Peace is Economic Justice for All~ www.uujec.com

and economic security for all; counteracting

systemic injustices toward indigenous peoples,

communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized

communities, depopulated rural

communities, the poor, low-income workers,

women, the elderly, the un-housed, people with

disabilities and youth. Under the climate tent are

goals of clean air and water, climate and

community resiliency, healthy food, access to

nature and a sustainable environment. There

should be a robust discussion on all levels around

the means to attain these goals.

Great places to begin these discussions on the

goals and politics of the Green New Deal are our

congregations and community groups. An excellent

video to facilitate the discussion is The Climate

Crisis and the Green New Deal” by the Sanders

Institute. It can be found at:

https://www.sandersinstitute.com/blog/the-climatecrisis-

and-the-green-new-deal

The video is 1:15 long. The first 45 minutes is the

panel discussion followed by 30 minutes of

questions from the audience. The panel discussion

alone should foster great conversation within your

congregation or community group.

When I shared the video with my congregation’s

social justice teams immediately everyone was

enthused. The racial justice team wanted to be a

part of the presentation. The environmental team

wanted to be part of the presentation. The

economic justice team wanted to be part of the

presentation. Under one tent a broad brush of

issues are addressed.

The panel consists of four experts and the

moderator and expert Bill McKibben of 350°.org.

Each panelist has a few minutes to share his, or

her, perspective on the Green New Deal.

Panelist author Naomi Klein points out the Green

New Deal has embedded justice in its approach

toward dealing with the climate crisis. She notes

that under one umbrella the issues addressed

include the climate crisis, racial issues, Medicare

for All, economic issues, and overall justice. Matt

Nelson looks at the Green New Deal though the

Latin-x community. He points out the climate crisis

is about migration, racial justice, and economic

justice. He says it is an intersectional issue. Abdul

El-Sayed explains that to understand the effects of

the carbon emitting problem one has to look at the

root.

The root, Abdul says, is in urban areas like Detroit.

It is in this root where the Green New Deal can

effectuate justice. Stephanie Kelton, an economist,

explains that the US can afford a Green New Deal.

She pointed out that the original New Deal was

paid for at a time when the country was in an

economic crisis. She makes it clear the country can

afford the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal is a work in progress. The

House resolution expresses goals. The means to

attain these goals need to be worked out over the

next two years. It is through robust discussions at

the local level that the means can be laid out. I

encourage folks to show this video at their

congregation and hopefully spark an ongoing

dialogue.

(Submitted by Jim Black)

Know your Board

Rev. Judith Deutsch

UU Westside Congregation of Rio Rancho, NM

Judy Deutsch is a UU minister, emerita, who

moved to Corrales, NM on June 28, 2017, after

having lived in Sudbury, MA. For 51 years.

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Among the activities she engaged in while in

Massachusetts were to serve as: chair of the

committee that wrote the last 3 Massachusetts

single-payer bills; board member of the James

Luther Adams Foundation; the governor’s

appointee to the Sudbury Housing Authority; chair

of First Parish’s Faith in Action Committee; health

care specialist for the LWVMA; and board member

of Mass-Care (Massachusetts’ campaign for singlepayer

health care.)

Since moving to New Mexico, she has become

active in the Albuquerque working group against

Citizens United, and involved in the group working

for NM’s Health Security Act

and in the UU Westside Congregation, where she

hopes to get the congregation aware of UUJEC.

Judy has been a member of the NAACP since the

50’s and a member of Democratic Socialists of

America since its inception. She has been a

Unitarian and then a Unitarian Universalist since

1952.

Book Review

Justice on Earth

Manish Mishra-Marzetti and

Jennifer Nordstrom, editors

Essay authors: a who’s who of

UU climate justice leaders.

Social Justice activist friends

bought me this book and I’m

so glad they did–it’s a great UU roadmap for

understanding Climate Justice. UUJEC was

already working to build a coalition of UUs for a

Green New Deal conference and lobby day on the

Hill this September in Washington, DC.

Justice on Earth is a compilation of essays written

by UUs. Essays cover a range of UU interests:

Intersectionality, Faith and Environmental Justice,

Movement building, Eco theology, cherishing our

World, Resiliency, Coalition Building for Justice,

Water Unites Us…and more.

Because the victims of environmental

degradation and climate change are poor and

oppressed peoples, those who are least able to

weather the storm, our First Principle–the

worth and dignity of every person–calls us to

action.

UUJEC is charged with dealing with climate change

with an economic justice lenses. And to do

anything about this injustice, we need to join forces

with virtually every justice movement–without a

functioning democracy, we’re doomed. Without

scientists and environmental justice, we’ll never find

our way. Without LGBTQ, racial, ethnic and

religious justice, we know we’ll leave people

behind.

To me, one of the most meaningful essays was by

Rev. Adam Robersmith, “Cherishing our World:

Avoiding Despair in Environmental Justice Work”.

Environmental justice, says Robersmith, needs to

be approached with love. Our Universalist

ancestors believed we should love the hell out of

people, literally. Scaring people into not sinning

with hell and damnation never really worked.

Scaring people into caring for the earth won’t

either. So, we need to model loving the earth for all

its bounty and beauty.

Justice on Earth is our common read for this

church year.

(Submitted by Terry Lowman)

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UUJEC Board at General Assembly

2019 in Spokane, WA

Rev. Dr. Adam Robersmith spoke to us at our

annual retreat

this year in

Spokane.

Adam is the

minister of

the

Universalist

Church of

West Hartford

in West

Hartford, CT.

Adam addressed the Green New Deal as a biology

major who understands the planet in ways that

allowed him to speak about the elements of our

planet. As we listened, Adam talked about the

changes we all could make and how capitalism

plays a role in the health of the planet. Rev. Dr.

Robersmith also took questions and engaged all of

us in a very intimate and welcoming way.

Submitted by Christopher Sims

 

 

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