Social Justice Action: 5/3/2020

REMEMBER: We are all Immigrants here!

Disaster Relief Fund for Undocumented Workers  

A Petition,  requesting sufficient funds to help undocumented workers, is being circulated by New Haven Legal Action.  The UUCM’s Social Justice Council has signed this petition and now is asking members and friends of UU Church of Meriden and Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society to also sign it individually.   This petition requests actions from Governor Lamont and state senators and representativs to provide Undocumented Workers with Disaster Relief Funds.  Undocumented Workers are disproportionately likely to own small businesses and to work in the sectors that have been hardest hit by coronavirus-related closures.  However, workers without federal immigration status and their U.S. citizen families are largely excluded from the programs that are supposed to help workers who lose their jobs or have their work hours cut.  This includes the federal stimulus payments, state unemployment benefits and federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and most temporary leave and disability payments.

Over 2,500 individuals have signed this petition.  Please help reach the goal of 5,000 signatures, by signing at 


From UUCM Earth Day Service 4/19/2020

Environmental Action Resources

Current Legislative Actions: CT League of Conservation Voters:

CT Sierra

Interreligious Eco-Justice CT

Webinar: Drowning in Plastic: A Green Forum on Plastic Pollution Tuesday, April 28 6:30pm-8:00pm. To register visit RSVP will be on the right side of the page. You will need to RSVP to receive the webinar link.

VOTING: One of your greatest Actions for Social Justice!

Your Right, Your Privilege, Your Responsibility

CT Primary has been rescheduled to June 2, 2020

This is the time to make sure you are registered.

If you have recently moved,  haven’t voted for awhile or are just curious you can check your registration at

If aren’t registered, you can register on line at to vote in the primary on June 2nd you must register on line by April 28, 2020. 
You may use the Online system to (1) register to vote in Connecticut, (2) change your name and/or address on your current registration record, or (3) enroll in a political party or change party enrollment (changing parties may result in losing rights in all parties for three months).
If you move you must re-register to vote in your new town of residence.  You can also use this form to change your address if you move within your current town of residence.

-You should receive confirmation within 3 weeks. If you do not, contact the Registrar of Voters in your town.

-You are not a voter until your application is approved by Registrar of Voters.

-You can wait to register on Election Day, but must register at your designated Election Day Registration location, beginning at 6 am and ending at 8 pm.   Please plan to arrive early in the day as there may be long lines. You must be registered by 8 pm in order to vote. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.

Get Informed about White Supremacy Structures in CT

“Confronting Segregation in Our CT communities”

Discussion with Civil Rights attorney, Erin Boggs, Exec Dir of Open Communities Alliance.

Sponsored by “Drinking Liberally Meriden”, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 7-10pm at Dawg House, 999 Broad Street, Meriden, CT (you don’t have to be from Meriden and don’t need to drink to attend). To RSVP: https://www,

Examining how past government policies and contemporary practices function to create CT’s extreme racial separation. Confronting the consequences of segregation, assess current legislative proposals, exploring long-term solutions.

Support Immigrant Rights and CT Protections:

Diane Szymaszak and Nancy Burton, foreground left to right

“ICE Out of Our Courts” Rally

Monday, March 9, 2020 3:30pm,

In front of CT Supreme Court Building, 231 Capitol Ave, Hartford

Sponsored by CIRA, CT Immigration Rights Alliance

Anti-Racism Discussions Fall 2019

Anti-Racism Discussion Group Tuesday, 9/3/19  6-8pm. Topic:  The Central Park Five

The 1989 arrest, interrogation and coerced confessions of 5 teenage boys of color, who were accused of the vicious attack of a woman jogging in Central Park.  This and subsequent events are portrayed in the recent Netflix 4 part series “When They See Us” written and directed by Ava DuVernay.  If you haven’t seen this, consider spending the time and energy to watch it.  On 9/3 we will be viewing Oprah’s Interview of the 5 exonerated men, followed by discussion of the personal cost of the misuse of power in our judicial system.  All are welcome.

LGBTIQA Group Reorganizing

Rainbow Gathering Group has decided to reorganize.  A group of interested Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Allies will continue to discuss what the group will be doing and where and when we will regularly meet.  If you are interested in joining, please contact us at 

Sujitno Is Free

The afternoon of May 31 marked a celebration of Sujitno and Dahlia Sajuti’s freedom to return home to West Hartford after 599 days in sanctuary at our church. Sujitno’s legal team has secured assurance from ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) that they no longer have jurisdiction over Sujitno and Dahlia’s case and will no longer pursue them. This victory is communal. The outcome speaks for the power of working together with perseverance. The march toward justice is a marathon, not a sprint. Sujitno and Dahlia are now able to observe the rest of Ramadan with their own faith community.