At the December 2010 Board of Trustees Meeting, the Board unanimously approved that the following non-profit organizations become Recognized Organizations of OCUUC. Each organization is listed below, along with evidence that the organization supports “a value structure similar to that of the Church, and whose existence and function support both the Church and the community,” as outlined in Part 2 of Section 4 of Article IX of the Bylaws of the Church. Additionally, as outlined in Part 3 of Section 4 of Article IX of the Bylaws of the Church, the name of a representative is listed for each organization nominated by the Faith in Action Council.
Recognized Organizations can have their events publicized through OCUUC’s communication tools. Any group from which an OCUUC member is a sponsor may be granted reduced rent or free use of a facility.
If you have an organization that you would like to nominate as a Recognized Organization, please contact fiaocuucorg (fiaocuucorg) .
Here’s a list of all current Recognized Organizations.
Mad As Hell Doctors. This organization’s mission is to press for single payer health care reform and other changes in our health care system that are needed to restore health for Americans individually and as a society. There are two UU Social Justice Organizations that have a similar value structure to Mad As Hell Doctors. They are the Economic Justice Action Group and UUs for a Just Economic Community. The OCUUC contact for this organization is Eva Lu Goodwin-Noriega.
Health Care for All – Orange County. This organization’s mission is to organize for universal health care in California. California regards health care as a human right and is dedicated to ensuring that all Californians have comprehensive, reliable, and affordable health care. There are two UU Social Justice Organizations that have a similar value structure to Health Care for All – Orange County. They are the Economic Justice Action Group and UUs for a Just Economic Community. The OCUUC contact for this organization is Eva Lu Goodwin-Noriega.
California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA). The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is a statewide nonprofit organization that unites retired workers and community groups to win social and economic justice, full civil rights, and a better, more secure future for ourselves, our families, and future generations. CARA is the official state affiliate of the Alliance for Retired Americans, www.retiredamericans.org. These values are very similar to the same values shared by the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of California. The OCUUC contacts for this organization are Eva Lu Goodwin-Noriega and Pat McCully.
Move to Amend is a coalition dedicated to ending the legal doctrines “that prevent the American people from governing ourselves.” Move to Amend rejects the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to: Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count. Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national, and state governments. The UUs for a Just Economic Community, the UU Legislative Ministry of Florida, and three UU Congregations in Florida are official endorsers of Move to Amend. The OCUUC contact for this organization is Eva Lu Goodwin-Noriega.
Amnesty International uses human rights standards set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and in international treaties and conventions. Amnesty International works independently of all governments and political ideologies to: Secure the release of prisoners of conscience (men, women, and children detained solely because of their beliefs, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, color, or language, and who have neither used nor advocated violence); Ensure fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners; and End all use of torture, “disappearance,” political killing, and the death penalty. Former UUA President and current UUSC president and CEO William Schulz was the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA from 1994 to 2006. The OCUUC contact for this organization is Jacques Kilchoer.
Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Orange County promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Their value structure is incredibly similar to the values we at OCUUC hold as a Welcoming Congregation. The OCUUC contact for this organization is Birdie Reed.
Artists United for Social Justice is an organization that empowers activists to create and distribute multimedia content that educates the public, particularly youth, about human rights violations and social injustices. AUSJ’s value structure is in concert with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The OCUUC contact for this organization is Sandra Kirkpatrick.
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