by Diane Collins
The Social Action Committee met on October 14, 2018 and discussed the Get-Out-the-Vote initiative. Diane, Lynn McDonald, Jean Grant, Susan and Jack Abbott registered about 40 people at tables outside of Walmart on two Friday afternoons. Sample ballots for the November 6th election can be found on your county Board of Elections websites.
The Committee voted unanimously to address Criminal Justice issues in the coming months. We will begin to collect information on re-entry programs after prison release and how to support family members visiting those in prison. We will be working collaboratively with Catholic Charities and the local NAACP as a Criminal Justice Committee initially addressing local racial profiling, sharing stories, and police and youth education programs.
Nanson Serrianne and Steve Baratta will spearhead a Holiday Outreach Program to prison inmates without relatives and friends on the outside in lieu of the traditional “Adopt-a-Family”. Will Aitcheson who has worked in the prison system will guide us. We will begin collecting allowable gift items in November so our packages will arrive timely. Details will follow. The next UUCGF Social Action Committee meeting will be on the Sunday, November 11, after service.