UUME – New Environmental Justice Curriculum

The Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth has created a five-session environmental justice curriculum. Called “Our Place in the Web of Life,” the curriculum was developed to help congregations meet the environmental justice requirement of the Green Sanctuary program. It provides an introduction to environmental justice concepts and a process to identify community needs so that a congregation can develop a local justice project. The curriculum, designed by Dr. Mark Hicks of the Meadville Lombard Theological School, also emphasizes racial ...

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A Bit of Good News on HR3590

Here’s a little bit of good news on the immigration reform front. Rep. Chris Smith, a Congressman representing the Fourth Congressional District (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean County) has agreed to be the first Republican sponsor of HR-3590, a bill that would waive the one-year deadline for Indonesians who have experienced violent persecution.  With a Republican sponsor, HR-3590 can now be introduced in committee.  If this special legislation is passed quickly it could prevent the imminent deportation of hundreds of Indonesian ...

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Immigration Reform: HR3590 Gains Sponsor

Here’s a little bit of good news on the immigration reform front. Rep. Chris Smith, a Congressman representing the Fourth Congressional District (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean County) has agreed to be the first Republican sponsor of HR-3590, a bill that would waive the one-year deadline for Indonesians who have experienced violent persecution.  With a Republican sponsor, HR-3590 can now be introduced in committee.  If this special legislation is passed quickly it could prevent the imminent deportation of hundreds of ...

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Webinar – March 27

The Impact of the Citizens United Decision on the Democratic Process
Featured speaker Greg Nagy

The disparity between the rich and the middle class is greater, and upward mobility lower, in the US than in any other major industrialized country in the world. There are now 45 million Americans living below the poverty line, the most in 50 years.  Undisclosed Super Pac spending is already swaying voters in the primaries. Does this sound like democracy in action to you?

Citizens ...

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Comments on Medicaid Waiver Application

These comments are filed on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey (UULMNJ), and address New Jersey’s Section 1115 Demonstration Comprehensive Waiver Application that was made available to the public on September 12, 2011.

The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey (UULMNJ) represents the Unitarian Universalists throughout the State of New Jersey. As a faith based community, we believe that access to affordable health care in New Jersey is a human necessity and that Medicaid is an ...

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Health Insurance Exchanges Testimony

On February 6, 2012 task force chair Carolyn Baldacchini  presented testimony at the Assembly Health and Senior Services committee meeting on  A2171, pertaining to the creation of the new Health Insurance Exchanges.

The creation of Health Insurance Exchanges is the next step in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  States must come up with their own exchange or the Federal Government will create one for them. New Jersey will receive money to create these exchanges.

The Health Care Task Force is concerned that the ...

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Marriage Equality Passes

Congratulations!  As you have probably heard by now, after prevailing in the Senate earlier this week, marriage equality legislation passed the Assembly 42 – 33 yesterday.  This was a huge victory for several reasons.

It withstood incredible pressure and backroom lobbying from the governor’s office, and  it gives us two years to find the votes needed to override a veto.  But most importantly, there is a court case pending questioning the equality of civil unions.  When the court considers the legality of a ...
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Ridgewood: Evening About Immigration – Feb. 24

Friday, February 24, at 7:30 at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood: an evening about immigration, planned and carried out by immigrants. The event includes a preview screening of a video-in-the-making about the life of Elias Garcia, one of our immigrant friends from North Bergen; and made by Juan Pablo Morales Estrada.  The dance performance is by a group of Guatemalan workers who have gotten together to present the story of the Guatemalan hero, Tecun Uman, in a traditional stylized dance/declamation format.

We are ...

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Princeton: Health Insurance Exchange Forum – Feb. 26

What is the NJ Health Insurance Exchange and What Does It Mean for You?

A Forum on NJ Health Insurance Exchanges will be held on Sunday, February 26 after the second service at 12:30 pm in Fahs Theatre at the Princeton UU congregation.  The national Affordable Care Act requires the implementation of an Exchange in each state during 2014 to assist individuals and small employers in purchasing health insurance.

This Forum will discuss what a Health Insurance Exchange is and how ...

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Marriage Equality – Votes on Feb. 13 and 16

Marriage Equality in Jersey is comig up for a vote.  The full New Jersey Senate will on vote Monday, February 13.  The session will begin at noon .  Please try to get there between 9am and 10am to fill the gallery if you are interested in going. The full New Jersey Assembly will vote on Thursday, February 16 in a session beginning at 1:00pm.

Letters should be sent, delivered or e-mailed before the vote date. Garden State Equality has provided a ...

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