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Speak Out for Social Justice—Providence 2014
Debate and vote on three proposed Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) are slated for General Session VII from 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
In the Sunday morning General Session, you’ll have the opportunity to debate and vote on each of the three proposed AIWs added to the agenda on Saturday. All three may be adopted if each receives the required two-thirds vote. Our Rules of Procedure permit up to 20 minutes of debate for each proposed AIW. No amendment may be offered until 12 minutes of debate have occurred if there are speakers at both pro and con microphones.
To move an amendment, come to the amendment table to the right of the stage as soon as the plenary session begins. You must complete an amendment form available at the desk by the Amendment microphone. Delegates may either move to a) unincorporate an incorporated amendment or b) incorporate an unincorporated amendment. No amendments that were not first proposed at a mini-assembly are permitted. Motions to delete will be considered fist, then motions in add unincorporated amendments will be considered in the order they are listed after the draft AIW. If you have suggestions for grammatical or typo changes, please bring those suggestions in writing to the amendment table, but you do not need to bring them to the floor for a vote.
The text of the draft AIWs is attached to this CSW Alert, with the unincorporated amendments listed and lettered in order of priority according to the level of support generated in the mini-assemblies around these amendments. The three revised AIWs are:
Engage in study and action related to Reproductive Justice and XXX. Look for a study guide on the newly selected CSAI in October at CSW website.
Engage in actions to implement the Statement of Conscience: Immigration as a Moral Issue and other previously adopted Statements of Conscience.
In November 2014, look for a draft statement of conscience on Reproductive Justice, which will be available at CSW website. Engage your congregation in discussions and send suggested changes to the UUA by March 1 using the response form that will be available on the CSW site.
Use adopted AIWs to advocate in your congregations and districts. While Actions of Immediate Witness carry the authority only of the General Assembly at which they are adopted, AIWs reflect considerable thought, collaboration, and commitment.
Implementation of our adopted statements is everyone’s responsibility.
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General Session V Saturday, 8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
After reading the following 100-word summaries of 6 possible AIWs in this Alert and listening to 2-minute presentations by proposers, delegates will vote whether to admit up to three proposed Actions of Immediate Witness to the Final Agenda.
Saturday, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Rhode Island Convention Center 552, 553, Ballroom E
The full text of the 3 selected proposed AIWs will be available at the mini-assemblies and on the GA app. These Mini-Assemblies are your ONLY opportunity to suggest amendments to the text of the proposed Actions of Immediate Witness admitted to the GA Agenda during the morning Plenary. Debate on each AIW as amended occurs during the Sunday morning Plenary. Off-site delegates will have a chat room where they can also propose amendments.
Following the mini-assemblies, the Commission on Social Witness (CSW) will meet to consider all proposed amendments. The Sunday CSW Alert will contain a revised draft text, with all unincorporated amendments listed and prioritized.
Saturday, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Hall D
Rev. Peter Morales, Sister Simone Campbell, Rev. Susan Frederick Gray, and Katia Hanson from UU Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education (UURISE) will share some exciting work on immigration reform that has occurred since the 2013 General Assembly adopted the statement of conscience “Immigration as a Moral Issue.”
Friday’s schedule includes a worship service that addresses the current Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) on Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling, the Presentation of and Vote on the Proposed CSAI for 2014-2018 and a hearing on that new issue.
This daily Commission on Social Witness (CSW) Alert is organized according to what’s happening most immediately for the selection of a new CSAI, the current CSAI on Reproductive Justice, and Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs). All related events are described below.
Friday, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Omni Providence Ballroom
Come celebrate our faith’s commitment to social justice and hear Rev. Amy Carol Webb, winner of the 2014 Social Witness Award of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and the Commission on Social Witness, speak on the CSAI “Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling.” Her sermon title is “Body & Soul.”
General Session IV: Presentation of CSAI proposals and vote to select the CSAI for 2012-2016 Friday, 2:15 - 4:30 p.m. Dunk Arena
Congregations have proposed five new CSAIs for 2014 - 2018. Copies of the proposals are in the Final Agenda starting on page 87. They are:
Friday, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Rhode Island Convention Center 552
This is your opportunity to share your ideas and resources you know about with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff who will be writing the study guide to accompany the new congregational study/action issue. It will also be a time to get ideas from others about how you might take this back to your congregation for study and action.
Deadline for Action of Immediate Witness Signature Petitions: 5 p.m. at GA Office!
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the text for each of the proposed Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) was posted at the CSW Booth. To be considered for placement on the Final Agenda, each requires 150 signatures (from at least 25 congregations in at least five districts). Delegates can sign petitions at the CSW Booth (#823) on petition forms accompanying the text of each AIW or on the petition form of individuals circulating through the convention center. As a delegate, you may support as many as you choose. The signature petitions must be submitted as instructed by 5 p.m. at the GA Volunteer Office—fifth floor lounge in the Rhode Island Convention Center.
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Last updated on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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