Modified on: March 29, 2020
There is much we can do to help one another and our neighbors through the pandemic.
We care for our community:
- Our Social Justice team has reached out to our community partners, especially groups like TOTAL Ministries and PASOs, to ask what support would be most helpful at this time and going forward. We have also communicated with our City Manager and District Councilwoman to offer our help at any time. There will be many ways that we can help.
- Please hold in mind and heart those who serve at the forefront of the pandemic–our medical and social workers, our sanitation and food distribution workers, civic leaders, and each person answering the call to serve.
- Give blood: Usual blood donations have plummeted, and blood is needed for medical care. Special procedures have been put in place by The Blood Connection to ensure physical distancing and to sanitize the donation space after every donor’s visit:
- When: Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, from 7:00am-10:00am or 2:00pm-7:00pm (please skip lunchtime, when they are especially busy).
- Where: North Grove Medical Center, 270 North Grove Medical Park Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303 / (864) 641-6013.
- Sign up on-line here: https://donate.thebloodconnection.org/donor/schedules/centers
- Advocacy: Hold our leaders accountable to act in the interest of all of us:
- Call SC Governor McMaster [(803) 734-2100] and urge him to issue a shelter in place order for SC. The President continues to imply that all will be fine after 15 days of social distancing has taken place, but this is not being practiced voluntarily by many of our fellow citizens and contradicts what public health leaders insist is needed to slow the spread of the virus.
- Call the White House [(202) 456-1111] or write via its on-line comment form [https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/] – to demand the use of the Defense Production Act for the manufacture of needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical workers. Federal coordination to distribute these items is a must. Leaving states to fend for themselves and pay $6.00+ per mask (when the normal cost is $.58) is unconscionable (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-is-the-deal-with-the-defense-production-act/ ; https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-24/for-new-york-58-cent-medical-masks-now-priced-at-7-50-each). Privatized solutions are inadequate for a national emergency. PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS.
- Share your actions: Let us know what you are doing to help—making masks, donating supplies, helping neighbors, supporting organizations. We want to create a list of what our congregants are doing to help, as a way to share ideas with one another, to empower each other to act, and to create a narrative of all the ways we are lending a hand individually and as a congregation. Even the smallest acts can have a large impact. Send notes of your actions to Social Justice Chair Alice Sutton at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share these on our website to encourage and motivate one another.
The Social Justice bimestrial meeting…(read more)
Throughout the year
Social action is one of the most important things we do at UUCS. The role of the SJ Committee is to help everyone in the congregation be involved in local, national, and global issues. Every member and friend is always welcome to come to a meeting to share ideas. We work for what we believe in: justice, equity, and compassion in human relations and in our relations with our world. Both our religious and our humanist teachings lead us to reach out and help others in the name of love.
Social Justice Council features discussions and films on our issues on the 4th Wednesday each month, at 2:00 p.m. For more information, email Susan Griswold at email@example.com.
Notes from the Social Justice Committee:
South Converse Neighborhood
UUCS has long been a part of the South Converse Neighborhood. The South Converse Neighborhood Association has a monthly cleanup on the fourth Saturday of every month. UUCS Social Justice Committee decided to add our support every other month. Plan to meet at Park on South Converse Street, at the bottom of the hill of South Converse Street at 8:00 AM. The pickup lasts till about 10 am (or whenever you need to leave). It’s great to bring a pair of work gloves. Trash sacks are provided. Come, show our pride and care for our church neighborhood! Thanks!
TOTAL Ministries Food Bank
Suggested Food Donation for 2018: Olive or canola oil, popcorn, toothpaste, and peanut butter are especially welcome.
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring a new way to donate to the TOTAL Ministries Food Bank. Each month, a category of healthier foods will be announced. If you can contribute the suggested foods, it helps fill a specific need. And remember: All Donations Are Welcomed And Appreciated!
Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Organic Coffee and Chocolate Sales at UUCS – proceeds from the sales purchase the coffee we drink on Sunday mornings.. …more…
A world that is viable and just for humanity and for the whole of the web of life, including present and future …continued…
Spartanburg Earth Day Festival
Spartanburg Earth Day Festival was endorsed at the annual UUCS meeting and is one of the local Social Justice focuses.
Spartanburg Earth Day Festival – Canceled for 2020 due to panademic.