From Issues to Action

  • I want to be with people who submerge in the task, who go into the fields to harvest and work in a row and pass the bags along, who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out.–– Marge Piercy

UULMNJ takes positions that are consonant with the values expressed in UUA and General Assembly policy statements.

The issues task forces will identify and select any legislation that they will look at, and initiate activity under the direction of the Executive Director with input from the Board or the Executive/Public Policy Committee if appropriate.

How we move from issues to action

The Task Forces will follow the procedures described in the Three Tier Policy of Education and Action in the UULMNJ Policies and Procedures Manual for choosing a primary focus. Based on these considerations, if the Task Force decides to go forward with taking a position on a specific issue, the following steps are taken:

  • Discuss the issue with the Executive Director for informal preliminary review to ensure that there is no problem before the Task Force begins its work.
  • The Task Force will attempt to make decisions on the issues for the year at the annual Issues Conference held during the fall. But these priorities may change during the year based on evolving policy/legislative agendas.
  • If the Task Force and Executive Director consider the issue worth pursuing based on the considerations above, the Task Force formulates background documentation and a plan of action (e.g., policy issue brief, justification of position, fact sheets, letters or petitions, suggested telephone calls, editorials, participation in meetings or demonstrations, etc.).
  • The Task Force presents documentation to Executive Director for review, discussion and editing.
  • The Executive Director may submit the issue to the Executive/Public Policy Committee if there is any question for a quick review which may occur in a telephone call. This would occur if the Executive Director or Task Force wants more discussion about whether to develop this issue such as
    • Potential for Task Forces to combine efforts on a specific issue
    • Possibility that issue is beyond UULM resources
    • Is timing for the issue appropriate; perhaps resources could be better spent on other issues.
  • Revisions are made.
  • Executive Director will then take appropriate actions including any of the following:
    • Use Salsa, social media, etc. to broadly disseminate
    • Forward to liaisons for information and action
    • Put on web site
    • Submit letters to the editor
    • Other actions as appropriate

The Board of Trustees will regularly review the summary of Task Force activities. The Executive/Public Policy Committee has the responsibility for general oversight of strategies and actions.