Justice ACTion Focus Groups
The South Carolina UU Justice Alliance is actively learning from UUs and partners, and organizing around pressing issues. Check out the issue areas below:
Transgender* Justice (time sensitive legislative action)
Truth in Education (time sensitive legislative action)
Voter Rights & Access (building momentum for midterms organizing)
We are seeking leaders/co-leaders for these areas:
Check out the highlights below to discover some of
Clayton Memorial UU Church became the first Sanctuary Congregation in South Carolina in 2018. When they announced their decision at a public meeting at the end of 2018, their pastor at the time, Rev. Michelle Robinson, shared the following statement:
Greenville UU Fellowship
The Unitarian Church of Charleston was in the 156th Emancipation Proclamation parade on Jan 1 in Charleston. The Black Community in Charleston has been holding this parade since 1865.
Social and Environmental Justice at UUFB
Beaufort has an active and engaged Social and Environmental Justice Committee (SEJ). They have a justice committee model where various justice issues in the community have champions on their committee. These champions work closely with one or more of the nine non-profit organizations: Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, Hopeful Horizons, Marshview Farms, Penn Center, Second Helping, Planned Parenthood, and Thumbs Up. Each of these is described in more detail on their website: https://uubeaufort.org/sej/ They also have a process where they can use part of their annual budget for sudden emergencies. In March the committee voted unanimously to send $1,200.00 to Ukrainian relief through the UU Service Committee Emergency Relief Fund. This is a heartfelt response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as its people respond to the large-scale Russian invasion.
SEJ also participates in various community events such as the Martin Luther King Day Parade, Peace Vigils, LBGTQ advocacy, and more.
Clemson UU Works to End Racism and Reduce Polarization. In a time of ever-increasing polarization, the UU Fellowship of Clemson is an active leader in anti-racism and inclusion in the Upstate of SC. They initiated and have been working on the Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism (CAPER) for over three years. Learn about CAPER here.
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center is a forceful and respected advocate for low-income South Carolinians on issues such as health care, immigration, reentry issues, housing, education, hunger, public benefits, domestic violence, and consumer issues.
SC Appleseed is dedicated to affecting systemic change wherever we can do the most good — in and through the courthouse, legislature, administrative agencies, community and the media. We grow our impact by helping others do the same through education, training and co-counseling.
For more information about our current projects, read the latest about our Focus Issues on our blog.