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Dodd-Frank Protections May Be in Jeopardy. Be prepared. by Jim Black, on Behalf of the UUJEC Board

Feb 23 2017
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The duty of a financial advisor to the client can be confusing.  Many individual investors, seeking help among an often-confusing array of investment choices, go to financial advisors for help.  These advisors have many titles, and more importantly, a wide variety of obligations to their clients.  However, only those financial advisors with a Fiduciary responsibility must act in the best interests of their clients. 

Other financial advisors are at times only salespeople who often recommend investments providing them with big commissions without providing clients with investment that are in their best interests.  This confusion in titles and responsibility has led to billions of dollars being lost by investors. Both Senator Tammy Duckworth and Syndicated Columnist Chuck Jaffe have written recently about this issue as well.

Economic Justice Spotlight: Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady. Schenectady, New York

Feb 17 2017
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Within UUJEC, we embarked on a journey of discovery, to understand the tireless and comprehensive work UU activists were doing to make our world more just. Our call for submissions drew interest from active social justice committees and congregations from every corner of the country. We are pleased to collaborate with them in sharing best practice approaches to justice work for our readers to learn from and to bring inspiration. Enjoy the stories, share in the efforts and use the ideas you see here as a model for your continued work in economic justice. 

Let’s Champion the Working Class – Just Like Jesus, by Dick Burkhart

Feb 07 2017
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When Donald Trump used the word "carnage" in his inaugural address, he was simply amplifying his home run hit with the US working class. It was a bloody nose for both the Democratic and Republican political and economic elites. Yet neither side wants to admit the failure of the divide and conquer strategies that proved so successful in the past. On the right they championed anti-abortion policies, balanced budgets, small government, and other dogmas of the “cultural wars”. On the left they championed women and minorities and upward mobility, and other aspects of “identity politics”, to much better effect. Yet both sides let the US working class be crushed by the juggernaut of global “free market capitalism”

Economic Justice Spotlight: First Parish of Sudbury. Sudbury, Maine

Within UUJEC, we embarked on a journey of discovery, to understand the tireless and comprehensive work UU activists were doing to make our world more just. Our call for submissions drew interest from active social justice committees and congregations from every corner of the country. We are pleased to collaborate with them in sharing best practice approaches to justice work for our readers to learn from and to bring inspiration. Enjoy the stories, share in the efforts and use the ideas you see here as a model for your continued work in economic justice. 

UUJEC and the Women's March, by Rachel Bennett Steury

Jan 30 2017
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If there’s a march to promote peace, to oppose injustice or to simply share in love and solidarity, you are guaranteed to see Unitarian Universalists in attendance. And that also applies to the board here at UUJEC. Even though we are scattered throughout the country, we were still able to join together toward a common cause for an issue we all care deeply about: human rights

UUJEC Economic Justice Spotlight: Conejo Valley UU Fellowship of Newbury Park, California

This year we embarked on a journey of discovery, to understand the tireless and comprehensive work UU activists were doing to make our world more just. Our call for submissions drew interest from active social justice committees and congregations from every corner of the country. We are pleased to collaborate with them in sharing best practice approaches to justice work for our readers to learn from and to bring inspiration. Enjoy the stories, share in the efforts and use the ideas you see here as a model for your continued work in economic justice. 

Current Thoughts: Black Lives Matter, by Judy Deutsch

Jan 15 2017
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Black lives have mattered minimally (when at all)  in this nation since before its inception. Black people were brought into the land that became our nation as slaves, and, when we became a nation, they were each counted as 3/5 of a person in our U.S. Constitution. They were greatly discriminated against under the Jim Crow Laws. They are being unfairly criminalized and deprived of a right to earn a decent living today. That many Black people attain great heights — even the Presidency of our nation — does not mean that the majority of Black people are not still suffering from past and present practices and laws.  They are. 

Submit Comments for the Escalating Inequality Statement of Conscience, By Jane Bannor

The Commission on Social Witness has released the first draft of the statement of Conscience on Escalating Inequality. One-quarter of UU congregations need to approve putting the statement on the June, 2017 General Assembly agenda.  They do this by indicating their approval in the official congregational poll that is due to the UUA by 5pm PST on Feb 1.  As a result of both congregational comments and comments made at GA, the final version of the statement could change somewhat. 

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