Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Advancing human rights around the world!
Great news! President Barack Obama has signed the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act into law! This law will bolster oversight of and accountability for U.S. aid to Haiti but also increase awareness of the needs of vulnerable populations.
Visit www.uusc.org/haitiactsuccess to sign our letter thanking Congress for their bipartisan effort!

Great news! President Barack Obama has signed the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act into law! This law will bolster oversight of and accountability for U.S. aid to Haiti but also increase awareness of the needs of vulnerable populations.

Visit www.uusc.org/haitiactsuccess to sign our letter thanking Congress for their bipartisan effort!

My values include the belief in greater equality in the distribution of resources and wealth. An increasing few have too much and too many have too little. More livable wages would be a start for more equity.

—Brenda B., Pennsylvania (via wageoutrage)

(Source: uusc.org, via wageoutrage)

Detained But Not Forgotten

Congress recently went on summer recess without passing any significant legislation to ameliorate conditions for the thousands of people — many of them children — arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking refuge. While legislation has stalled, immigrants’ needs have not. UUSC is surveying the situation and taking strategic steps to support people — particularly women — in immigration detention.

Read the full blog post!

ncapablog:

"I took the challenge to stand in solidarity with the millions of workers who support their families on minimum wage and to raise awareness about the nearly two million AAPIs who live in poverty. While inequality has run rampant, working families are faced with impossibly difficult decisions every day. It is time to rebuild the middle class. It is time for a LIVING wage."
-Jenny Ho, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance-D.C. Chapter
NCAPA members joined the #LiveTheWage challenge July 24-30 to raise awareness about the growing inequality in the U.S. July 24 marked five years since the last federal minimum wage increase.

ncapablog:

"I took the challenge to stand in solidarity with the millions of workers who support their families on minimum wage and to raise awareness about the nearly two million AAPIs who live in poverty. While inequality has run rampant, working families are faced with impossibly difficult decisions every day. It is time to rebuild the middle class. It is time for a LIVING wage."

-Jenny Ho, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance-D.C. Chapter

NCAPA members joined the #LiveTheWage challenge July 24-30 to raise awareness about the growing inequality in the U.S. July 24 marked five years since the last federal minimum wage increase.

Imagine being forced to leave your home, your community, your country. Whether the impetus is war, political persecution, or natural disaster, one effect is often the same: paralyzing trauma.

Update on Children Seeking Safe Refuge at the U.S. Border

Over 1,300 people contacted their representative on behalf of the thousands of children currently seeking refuge at the U.S. border! Here’s our latest update on the situation:

Before leaving for recess, the U.S. House passed a weak aid package that would expedite deportation rather than address the care and services needed by children at the border. Provisions were added that would actually penalize other young immigrants who have grown up in the United States. The House legislation is extreme and is not expected to become law. Meanwhile, the White House is expected to take executive action on immigration and border issues in the coming days.

Related: UUSC Statement on Children Seeking Safe Refuge at the U.S. Border

Last month, MUUSJN Director Randy Block helped UUSC deliver over 6,000 petition signatures from members and supporters to Mayor Michael Duggan and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The petition asked them to stop mass water shutoffs.

(Source: youtube.com)

There is no margin for error. You can’t afford to get sick, miss a day of work or buy medication. You’re in real trouble if you blow a tire, and don’t forget your lunch at home.

—Read “How I failed to live on the minimum wage" by Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky

(Source: uusc)