Social Action Committee

by Diane Collins

The Social Action Committee will be hosting several “Friday Night Forum events during April. Films start at 7 p.m. at UUCGF.

Our UU Caring for the Earth film series called “Celebrating Climate Champions” with guest speakers leading discussions are:

April 5th –W. S. Merwin’s “Even Though the Whole World is Burning” with Bernice Mennis, poet and activist.  Merwin recently passed away so this evening will be a tribute to him.  

April 12th – Pete Seeger’s “The Power of Song”, followed by a sing-along with Neal Herr, musician and songwriter.

April 19th – Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”.  Catherine Atherden, Queensbury Town Board member, will share current local climate-smart initiatives underway.

April 26th – Wendell Berry’s “Look and See” with speaker Harvey Noordsy, our own environmental scholar.

Two New York State legislative bills you may be interested to lobby for with our elected representatives:

  1. Medical Aid in Dying Act (A2694 / S3947). This Act would allow mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live to have the option to obtain a prescription for medication they can decide to take if their suffering becomes unbearable, so they can die peacefully.
  2. Bill A5896 preventing homeowner associations from prohibiting residents to install solar panels on their homes, as it is vitally important for us to change our energy use from fossil fuels to renewable energy where we can.

Earth Day Celebration will be held on April 20th Saturday afternoon from noon to four at City Park next to Crandall Public Library.  The event is sponsored by the City of Glens Falls and the Town of Queensbury. Look for the pre-event publicity in our local press.

The next Social Action Committee meeting will be Sunday, April 14th after service. All are welcomed.

Open Door Soup Kitchen: Our UU commitment is for 3 volunteers to assist with serving meals at the Open Door located at the corner of Lawrence St. and Walnut St. in Glens Falls on the 4th Monday of each month from 4:15 pm to 5:45 pm.  Three volunteers will be needed for Monday, April 22nd. Please contact Diane Collins to volunteer to help.  Please let her know ASAP.