During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Corps has had to suspend hand delivery of letters to members of Congress in Washington, D.C., but relationships with House and Senate staff are being maintained. The UUSJ Advocacy Corps volunteers will see that our letters are delivered to the appropriate staff person who handles the content area of each month’s topic. Let’s do our part and keep those letters coming!
GOOD NEWS! Please note that the UUSJ has recently made it much easier to write! You may now write and submit your letters online in one of two ways. Click on the 2 links below right now to see how easy it is!
- Send your letters directly to your Senators or Congressperson. With this method, you simply type ONE letter, and it will automatically be sent to BOTH of your senators. (Best to address as “Dear Senator” with no name.) Direct Individual Letter Submissions HERE
- Upload your letters and submit to the UUSJ.This method requires separate letters for each Senator. (On this form, please check “individual” and DO include the name of our church: First Unitarian Church, Des Moines, IA.) Submission Upload Form HERE
This month we’ll write to tell our Senators to demand that EPA address the unjust burden of climate change and pollution on frontline communities. Minority, low-income and other disenfranchised communities suffer disproportionately from the effects of air pollution, inadequate water and sewer facilities and toxic waste dumps, leading to higher rates of disease and death, including from Covid-19. We must demand that the FY21 Appropriations Bill now before the Senate provide sufficient funding for environmental justice actions, and direct EPA to address the cumulative impacts of multiple pollution sources on frontline communities.
Letters are due by Thursday, October 15 by 2 pm Central time!
For background, UU grounding and talking points and a sample letter, please click this link:
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.