Women’s March Boston Jan. 21, 2017
-Jake Jacobsen Photo
Social Action & Social Justice
Within our congregation are passionate individuals concerned about various issues–social justice, women’s rights, the environment, institutional racism, violence, hunger, disparity in incomes, and more.
Social Justice Council
Our congregation has a long history of engaging in justice issues; marching in the Boston Pride parade, helping with the rebuilding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, serving meals at the Milford Community supper, learning about homelessness through participation in Common Cathedral in Boston, donating to various non-profits through the plate give-away. Many members and friends of FUSF participate in their own ways in other social action activities.
The Social Justice Council is led by the Steering Team–Vicki Coates, Harriet Fisher, Jen Johnson, Kathleen Kautzer, Marjorie Roemer, and the Rev. Ann Willever. The Council will assist to organize Working Groups in different areas, including Immigration and Refugee issues, Corruption in Democracy, and Climate Justice. New working groups can form as new issues of interest are identified and brought forward by supporters.
The Social Justice Council plans to launch an online newsletter to keep congregants informed about what’s happening, bring in speakers on various social action topics, and encourage greater interaction with other Unitarian Universalist social action entities such as UU Mass Action and the UU Service Committee.
Many FUSF members are concerned about climate change. They raise awareness of this issue through showing films and hosting readings and discussions. Many also get involved on the “front lines” of this fight. For example, a group from FUSF travelled to New York City for the 400,000+ strong Climate March during the World Summit at the United Nations. It was the largest climate mobilization march and protest demonstration.
Some FUSF members are working with volunteer leadership in 350 Massachusetts to divest the state pension fund from fossil fuels and to advocate replacing fossil fuels with energy efficiency and renewable resources.
Other climate action leadership within FUSF is found through the Massachusetts Climate Action Network.
Several years ago, a Solar Power Committee worked to bring this renewable energy source to our congregation. The FUSF meetinghouse is now powered by solar energy and serves as a a demonstration site for Second Generation Energy, a local solar power company. See how much power we are generating.