A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS) seeks to build power to effect change in our local community. First Unitarian Church is one of over 40 churches and non-profits in Central Iowa who come together to identify issues in our community, research solutions, and harness our collective power to create a more just and equitable community for all. AMOS builds relationships with community leaders and government representatives to advocate for the changes the community is seeking. Many First Unitarian members are active participants in AMOS. Learn more about AMOS here. Contact: Sally Boeckholt at email@example.com.
AMOS Criminal Justice Team—AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) is a non-profit community organization in central Iowa made up of 29 diverse member institutions–churches, synagogues and advocacy organizations that represent thousands of residents of metropolitan Des Moines and Ames. The Criminal Justice Issue Team is working to end the school-to-prison pipeline in Des Moines and the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans in Des Moines. Members of First Unitarian help co-lead this team while working with others to create systemic change in our schools and police department. This team has generated, and participated in, the following programs. Contact: Bob Glass.
Legislation to Ban Racial Profiling —AMOS helped to launch a racial profiling project in 2014 to document cases of racial profiling as they occur in central Iowa. While AMOS no longer participates directly in this program, the racial profiling project continues and has led to the adoption of a ban on racial profiling in the City of Des Moines. Contact: Harvey Harrison
(On Hiatus) Let’s Talk Mediation (AMOS) —This program was created to support youth in finding their own solutions to conflict. This helps them avoid out-of-school suspensions or the need to engage the School Resource Officer, both of which fuel the school-to-prison pipeline. It has generated training in Restorative Circle practice and participated in efforts to implement restorative practices in the school systems in Des Moines and West Des Moines. Contact: Ellen Taylor
Write Here, Write Now!
Each month members of First Unitarian Church partner with the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice and participate in Write Here!, Write Now!, a letter-writing campaign of the UUSJ Capitol Hill Advocacy Corps. The Corps members help make the UU voice heard on Capitol Hill by delivering letters from UU’s nationwide to members of Congress and their staff. Priority issues include defending our democracy, economic justice, environmental and climate justice, immigration justice and other pressing UU issues.
Since the first Advocacy Corps Day in February, 2017, Corps members have:
- Made over 1,827 visits to Capitol Hill offices
- Conducted more than 430 scheduled and drop-in meetings
- Delivered more than 9,868 Write Here! Write Now! UU constituent letters.
- More than 550 of those letters came from members of First Unitarian Church!
Before the advent of COVID-19, letters were delivered in person. Until further notice, letters are being delivered via email. For more information about Write Here! Write Now! contact Donna Jo Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iowa Unitarian Universalist Witness Advocacy Network (IUUWAN) is Iowa’s state action network, working to build relationships and engage Unitarian Universalists across Iowa. We work to experience and integrate our affirmations of the Inherent worth and dignity of every person and the respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, two pillars of our seven principles.
Our Mission: to engage Iowa Unitarian Universalists in a continuous process of learning, connection and action by increasing the power of our voices and making those voices an effective tool for change.
Membership: Individual UUs can participate by paying a yearly $5.00 membership. We also request that Congregations pay a yearly membership of $1.00 per member. Other donations and contributions are always appreciated.
Meetings: Representatives meet by zoom at 6:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.