Health Care Task Force Update – Nov. 2011

On October 11, Health Care Task Force Chair Carolyn Baldacchini attended a Medical Advisory Council meeting at the NJ State offices of the Dept. of Health and Human Services.   Commissioner Jennifer Valez and members of her staff were at the meeting to discuss the Section 1115 Comprehensive Waiver that the State of New Jersey had applied for.

Members of the Medical Advisory Council and the audience expressed many concerns with the waiver.  We were the only religious organization at the meeting, ...

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Ridgewood to Propose CSAI on Reproductive Justice

The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood recently voted unanimously to submit a proposal for a Congregational Study/Action Issue on Reproductive Justice to the UUA for inclusion on the agenda of General Assembly 2012. The Society would like other congregations to endorse the proposal.

For the full text of the proposal, see http://uumetrony.org/metronyminute/nov11/Ridgewood_full.pdf.

For a summary of the proposal, http://uumetrony.org/metronyminute/nov11/Ridgewood_summary.pdf.

For more information on how to endorse the proposal, see http://uumetrony.org/metronyminute/nov11/Ridgewood_letter.pdf.

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Environmental Justice Council Starting in Metro NY District

From the NY Metro District:

The Metro NY District is starting our our Environmental Justice Council. The primary purpose of this Council is to educate UU leaders in global, regional, and local environmental justice issues. By gathering and training members of each congregation, we hope to concentrate our efforts at community organizing and begin to impact the critical issues of our day.

Environmental Justice identifies ecological issues as they relate to questions of race and class. To address these issues adequately, our District’s ...

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No Fracking Rally – Nov. 21

Late breaking news: The Delaware River Basin Commission’s November 21, 2011 vote has been cancelled.  The vote was to seek approval of regulations that would have allowed shale gas drilling (fracking) in the Delaware River Basin.  The cancellation is the second time the vote has been put off.  This time it is believed to be in response to an announcement by the Governor of Delaware that he would vote against the regulatory/drilling proposal.  There will still be a rally in ...

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UUSC: Put a Ribbon on Your Values

If each person who has expressed support for UUSC’s economic justice initiatives were to spend 10% of their holiday budget on ethically produced gifts, together, we could direct hundreds of thousands of dollars in holiday shopping towards values-driven organizations and companies.

Pledge to spend 10% or more of your holiday shopping budget on products that reflect your commitment to social responsibility. If we commit to choosing gifts with our values in mind, together we can make an impact!

Imagine how wonderful it ...

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Health Care: Letter Concerning Medicaid Waiver Application

On October 11, Health Care Task Force Chair Carolyn Baldacchini attended a Medical Advisory Council meeting at the NJ State offices of the Dept. of Health and Human Services.   Commissioner Jennifer Valez and members of her staff were at the meeting to discuss the Section 1115 Comprehensive Waiver that the State of New Jersey had applied for.

Members of the Medical Advisory Council and the audience expressed many concerns with the waiver.  We were the only religious organization at the meeting, ...

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UULMNJ Task Forces Select Priority Issues

UULMNJ is inundated with requests to respond to many issues.  They may come from our UULMNJ Task Forces, Congregational Social Action groups, coalitions with whom we affiliate, the UUA, or general public concern. Due to limited resources and time, UULMNJ is unable to respond to each issue equally, as addressing too many issues at once will only dilute the effectiveness of UULMNJ education and advocacy.

Therefore at the Fall Issues Workshop on October 29, each task force was asked to recommend ...

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UULMNJ President Honored by NJRC as “2011 Leader of the Year”

Congratulations to UULMNJ Board of Trustees President Rohn Hein, on his selection by the New Jersey Regional Coalition as  their 2011 Leader of the Year.  This award honors NJRC leaders who exemplify key principles and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and performance in the public arena.

Rohn’s award letter states, in part, “As a longtime NJRC Board Member and leader of the Lower Delaware Local District Council, as the President of the UU Church in Cherry Hill, and the President ...

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