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"Sharing Resources for Interfaith Work in Door County, Wisconsin" by Jim Black

The resources available on the Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community’s website, UUJEC.com, are easy to use and can have a significant impact.  I know I have said this before but every time I employ the resources it strikes me how useful these resources are.

These resources spur robust discussions around income inequality. When I presented the TED Talks at our Fellowship which can be found at the UUJEC website I came off as an expert. I guess the audience blended my identity with the TED speaker. For this kudo I spent a few minutes setting up the big screen TV and hooking up my laptop. The participants at the webinar were amazed at the coast to coast discussion.  The latest minimal effort activity is the Shoreline UU Study Series on income inequality.  This study series can be found in the drop-down menu at the UUJEC website under escalating inequality. 

"It's not taxes that are bleeding us dry" by Rich Florentino

Dec 18 2017
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The "Taxman," article, that starts with income and then blames taxes for our "affordability crisis," needs more information. It completely overlooks the wage stagnation over the last four decades.

In total, wages used to be 55 percent of GDP, in the 1960s. Now they are only 45 percent; that's 10 percent less of GDP.  Current GDP is about $20 trillion.  So wages are $2 trillion LESS today than they would be if they had not flat-lined beginning in the 1970s.

Health Care as a Right, by Judy Deutsch

Healthcare-NOW headquarters: the Massachusetts State Senate moved the state closer to implementing single payer healthcare by commissioning a single payer study - with a twist. The Senate passed an amendment that charges the state's Center for Health Information and Analysis to include in their annual reports a comparison of what the state would be spending on healthcare under a single-payer plan, with what it actually spent the previous year.

December 6th, 2017 @ 8pm (eastern time) "Worker Centers & Worker Organizing in the Current Political Climate"

Nov 21 2017
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We are pleased to be joined by Magaly Licolli – Executive Director, Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center and Ahmed Ali – Executive Director, Greater Minnesota Worker Center for a discussion on worker organizing and economic justice. Learn how faith communities can work in solidarity with workers centers to advance our common struggle for dignity and equality.

The Buy Nothing Project, by Terry Lowman

Oct 18 2017
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I recently read an article about a website, buynothingproject.org.  Although I wouldn't typically use such a website, my Mom's farmhouse burned down in 2007 and we rebuilt a new house with 2/3 of the insurance--my brother didn't want to be involved so my sister and I rebuilt the house.  Mom was in a nursing home, so she couldn't really help.

“We live in interesting times” doesn’t cut it. A Message from the UUJEC Board of Trustees

Oct 11 2017
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Dear Members and Friends,
     “We live in interesting times” doesn’t cut it.  Try bizarre, reactionary, contentious, even threatening-to- catastrophic for our planet and people.  The good news is that every political backtrack to the environment, equal opportunity, healthcare, immigrant, minority and voting rights, public education and international diplomacy is met with amazingly massive demonstrations in the streets.  If ever we UUs wanted incentive to stand up for our values, this is the time.  We, at UUJEC, focus to fulfill the economic justice niche for the UUA and we appreciate your involvement and financial support.

Webinar Oct 5: Reversing Inequality with Chuck Collins

UUJEC Advisory Board Member Chuck Collins, in Partnership with The Next System Project & The Institute For Policy Studies, released an impactful report “REVERSING INEQUALITY: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy.” The report is an excellent resource to understand the key drivers of inequality and concrete wisdom on how to collectively and legislatively move toward a more just economy.  

Living Wage Certification Toolkit, by Dean Wanderer

Aug 24 2017
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The Richmond Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Chapter is partnering with the Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building to develop a Living Wage Certification program. This is a voluntary certification program designed to recognize and promote employers that pay living wages. The Certification Committee has set $16 or more per hour for the Gold Star Living Wage Certification, $12.50 or more for the Silver Star Living Wage Certification, and $11 or more for the Aspiring Living Wage Certification. 

New Report by Chuck Collins: Reversing Inequality

Aug 14 2017
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UUJEC's longtime friend and Advisory Board Member Chuck Collins has released a compelling new report we're proudly sharing with you. Chuck will also be joining us for a webinar to discuss his report and how we can work toward a more equitable economy. Stay tuned for developments from our mailing list. 


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