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We Need Medicaid Expansion!
Special Session Abortion Ban Signed by Governor, Put on Hold by Judge
After a determined effort led by women in the South Carolina House and Senate and allies and activists for reproductive freedom and justice, defeating the House abortion ban and preventing the Senate ban from passing during the regular session, the six-week Senate ban (S474) passed this week in special session and was signed by Governor McMaster on May 24. However, a Circuit Court judge has now granted an injunction against the new law while it is challenged in court, so for now abortion remains legal in South Carolina up to 22 weeks.
A similarly extreme six-week ban was previously found to be an unconstitutional violation of privacy rights by the state Supreme Court, but the law's proponents are counting on the current all-male Supreme Court to ignore that precedent and uphold the ban. Regardless of what the Court ultimately decides, SCUUJA and our partners will continue to uphold reproductive freedom, gender justice, and rights for all people in South Carolina. We thank everyone who has called, emailed, and showed up for this and other justice issues. Our work at the State House will continue, but not everything is about the legislature. We will also continue working with our UU congregations on the spiritual, educational, and direct service sides of justice, including abortion access. Our efforts will be needed no matter what happens next, so thank you for remaining connected to SCUUJA and our partners through it all.
SCUUJA FAithify Campaign Succeeds!
We are grateful to everyone who supported the recent South Carolina UU Justice Alliance campaign on Faithify (a UU crowd funding platform)! We successfully raised $5,000 to help us qualify for a $5,000 match from the UU Funding Program to build and sustain SCUUJA's work for justice in South Carolina. The Faithify link is now closed, but you can still give to SCUUJA at the "donate" link at the top of the front page.
SCUUJA is a proud co-sponsor again of this year's DRUUMM Public Worship
Rev. Nathan at State House
Rev. Jean with Aiken UU the Vote activists
2022 Scuuja review
Clayton Memorial UU Church (Newberry) Provides Backpacks for Teens in Foster Care
SC UU Holiday service projects
SCUUJA is a proud co-sponsor of "You Can Count On This" DRUUMM Public Worship
Medicaid Expansion Training Pt. 2
The Unitarian Church in Charleston will co-host a forum on Medicaid Expansion in SC, Pt 2 – March 23, 7 PM ET. This is the second session, in a 2-part series. For more information and to register, click here.
1st Social Justice
Thank you to all who could join on Feb 22 for a fantastic beginning to the SC UU Justice Alliance! This was our first statewide justice leaders network meetup and we had over 40 participants from across the state. In case you missed the event and want to engage with UUs on statewide justice work, you can complete this online survey here. This will let us know who to connect you with, and how we may share your information.
New Issue Groups Forming
Out of the Feb 22 meeting, we have possible emerging justice issue groups in Education, Environmental Justice, Immigration & Support for DACA Recipients, Transgender* Justice, & Voter Rights & Access. Please complete this brief and secure online survey to indicate your interest in a group and allow us to connect you with other organizers!
UU Voices at the Capital
New Challenges, New Opportunities
The new year is off to a full start, full of many pressing needs and new hopes, too. One pressing need you can act on right now is voting rights. Check out UU the Vote for details and to take action.
We will need one another for support and inspiration this year! This is why we are so excited to join you and other social justice leaders at our first statewide Social Justice Leaders Meetup on Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET via Zoom. Register Here for the Zoom meeting
Check out to full January e-news here (note some links may not work).
Defend Our Democracy
On January 6, 2022, SC UU Justice Alliance representative Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker spoke to a crowd gathered at the South Carolina State House. Check out the video to recall the significance of Jan 6 and recommit to defending democracy!
Press Coverage here at this link!
December: Ready to Launch
November: Grant Awarded
October: New Beginning
Forming a SC UU Justice Alliance, what is this all about?