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Reversing Inequality Conference April 3-5 2017 in Washington DC


Healthcare Justice is a UU Value. 

The Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) and the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) are hosting a three-day conference for UUs to learn and share best practices for healthcare justice and advocacy, get involved with the latest campaigns against inequality, and visit lawmakers to influence positive change. Gather with UUs in solidarity and defense of disenfranchised and marginalized members of our national community. Challenge lawmakers on the pernicious impacts repeal will have for people of color, recent arrivals to the U.S. and America’s poorest communities.   

Hear from dynamic speakers on the latest policy initiatives and grassroots efforts, including Chuck Collins, Sister Simone Campbell and Bishop Douglas Miles. The attack on healthcare accessibility by the Trump administration is an economic issue AND a health issue, and would weaken our communities, especially those already marginalized by discrimination in education, housing, and employment. Why should we focus on healthcare? There's too much at stake for us to remain on the sidelines. In this case, silence perpetuates and exacerbates unneeded inequalities in our society, the brunt of which are born by underemployed and struggling households, but whose ill effects touch every American, if not financially then morally.         

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UUs will speak for their values to challenge the current administration’s plan to weaken access to affordable healthcare. Come to Washington to learn how the lack of affordable and accessible healthcare effects all of us and contradicts our key values. Learn how to influence decision makers. Join in community with other UUs to talk to lawmakers and support polices that will make a difference in millions of lives and help bring about a more just and equitable society.  Your full 3-day registration to the conference also includes a one-year membership to both UUJEC and UUSJ to broaden your resources and justice network. 

Thank you for helping us reach our Faithify Campaign goal!   

Why Focus on Healthcare Justice?


Repeal of the ACA and affordable access to healthcare will put many low income Americans at risk and make healthcare for middle income Americans much less affordable. Our Reversing Inequality Conference will focus on access to healthcare as an economic justice issue. We regard the Trump administration attack on affordable health care as a contradiction to our core UU values that we must defend.

Weakening healthcare access and affordability magnifies economic inequality and discriminates against disenfranchised and marginalized communities. The expansion of Medicaid provides coverage for roughly 13 million low-income adults, with close to a third of those covered afflicted with a mental disorder or a substance addiction. The healthcare safety net many families rely on ensures a sickness won’t result in bankruptcy and parents won’t have to choose between a doctor’s visit for a sick child or paying the rent. For many people, an illness or injury left untreated due to costs can result in a job loss which in turn could lead to family disruption, homelessness and economic ruin.

The attack on the Affordable Care Act -- if successful -- will shred the social safety net for millions of people and will endanger their economic well-being as well as their health care. There's so much at stake we cannot remain silent in our efforts to seek economic and social justice." Affordable Care Act provisions in danger of elimination protect a wide range of people:

  • People with a history of cancer, diabetes and other illnesses cannot be denied coverage due to a preexisting condition.
  • Lifetime caps have been eliminated to ensure the sickest among us are not turned away from coverage because their care costs too much.   
  • Young people, beginning adulthood with little money and big dreams can remain on their parents plans until they reach 26.
  • Women have access to no-cost contraception and preventive services, allowing women of all income levels to control when or if they have a child.   
  • Mental health and substance use disorders, often stigmatized and left untreated, receive the same level of coverage as physical illnesses.
  • Healthcare subsidies provided for low-income people have resulted in a dramatic increase of insured working families and people of color, making care more equitable for everyone.
  • Anti-discrimination language prevents providers from discriminating against the LGBTQ community, allowing same-sex families to benefit from joint coverage. 

Losing care puts the prosperity of our families and our neighbors at risk but it also raises a question about our own conscience.  Can we take a back seat in this crises? For UUJEC and UUSJ, we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person and as advocates for economic justice, we cannot allow the healthcare debate to continue on without us. As  This is as much of an economic issue as it is a health issue. The ability to attend to one’s well-being is fully connected to the ability to access and afford it.  

Twenty million Americans may lose their ability to receive care if the Trump Administration follows through on its promise to repeal the ACA. Connect with us to share our UU values for healthcare justice.  

Washington DC Lodging: UUJEC Tips


Below is a list of lodging options in Washington, DC. They are organized in order of proximity to the conference location at 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (118 3rd Street Southeast, 

Washington, DC 20003). 

Please secure your lodging as soon as possible since rooms fill up quickly this time of the year.

Want to arrange room-sharing with other UUs? 

Visit our Facebook Event Page and make connections. 


Under 10min (walk)


·       East Capitol Street Guest House, 6th St. and East Capitol St., SE,

·       William Penn House (run by the Society of Friends), 515 East Capitol St., SE,


·       Washington Seminar Center, 201 Fourth Street SE,   

Less than 30min (public transit)


·       Harrington Hotel, 11 and E St., NW,

·       Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th St., NW (between H. & I. Sts.), 202-783-7800

·       Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave., NW, 800-638-1116 or 202-638-1616

·       Hotel Harrington, 436 11th Street NW, 


·       American Youth Hostel International, 1009 11th St., NW, 

·       First Trinity Lutheran, 4th and E St., NW, 

~30min (public transit)


·       Allen Lee Hotel, 2224 F St. NW,

·       Julie Billiart Residence, Dupont Circle, 202-232-3300

·       Red Roof Inn, 500 H St., NW,

·       Simpkins’ Bed and Breakfast, 1601 19th St NW, 800-6 HOST 93 or (202) 387-1328

·       The Tabard Inn, 1739 N St., NW, 


·       Centro Maria Residence, 650 Jackson St., NE, (202) 635-1697

·       Hilltop Hostel, 300 Carroll St., NW,

·       Steinbruck Center, 1226 Vermont Ave NW,

·       The Pilgrimage, 2201 P Street, NW,

~45min (public transit)


·       American Guest House Bed and Breakfast, 2005 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC,

·       Carlyle Suites Hotel, 1731 New Hampshire Ave., NW,

·       Woodley Park Guest House, 2647 Woodley Rd, NW,

·       Days Inn, 4400 Connecticut Ave., NW,

·       The Embassy Inn, 1627 16th St., NW,

·       Kalorama Guest House (2 locations), 1854 Mintwood Place and 2700 Cathedral Ave., NW,

·       Motel 6, 6711 Georgia Ave. NW, (202) 722-1600

·       Windsor Inn, 1842 16th Street, NW (at T St.),

·       Windsor Park, 2116 Kalorama Rd.,


·       Columbia Guest House, Adams Morgan Neighborhood, 202-265-4006

  • St Stephens, 1525 Newton St NW,

~1hr (public transit)


·       Adams Inn, 1746 Lanier Pl., NW,

·       Grace Lutheran Church, 16th & Varnum St, (202) 726-6014 or (202) 829-9400/9405


·       Andrews Guest House, 2708 Ontario Rd., NW, (202) 483-0799

·       Shalom Place, Saint Lukes Methodist Church, 3655 Calvert St, NW,

·       National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW,

·       International Guest House, 1441 Kennedy St., NW, (202) 726-5808

·       Washington International Student Center, 2451 18th Street N.W.,

Also helpful:

·       Lodging Website for Washington DC


·       Airbnb rentals near the conference.

·       Vacation Rentals near the conference,  

·       UU Bed & Breakfast Directory ($10 registration fee),

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