Civil Unrest and Economic and Racial Injustice—the Lesson of Los Angeles
1992 Resolution of Immediate Witness
BECAUSE our Unitarian Universalist faith affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; and
WHEREAS the recent civil uprisings in the city of Los Angeles have arisen out of serious economic and racial and social injustices; and
WHEREAS civil uprisings occurred in Los Angeles in 1965 and 1992 and have occurred in other American cities, and are likely to occur again in Los Angeles and elsewhere unless something effective is done about these injustices; and
WHEREAS recently released independent studies and government reports in the United States reveal a profound economic crisis in which soaring joblessness, increasing poverty, and a growing concentration of wealth are creating conditions like those in Los Angeles throughout North America; and
WHEREAS the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles is struggling to form a just society both within its own multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-class, inner-city congregation and within the Asian-, African-, Latin-, and European-American communities which surround the church by reaching out to those communities through its developing Urban Ministry program;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly of 1992 calls upon the candidates for President of the United States, and the United States Senate and House of Representatives to commit themselves to provide secure jobs at decent pay or guarantee income sufficient to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, proper health care, and education for every American; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the General Assembly urges the Unitarian Universalist Association, its member congregations, and individual Unitarian Universalists to affirm and actively support the work currently being done by the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, located in the epicenter of the civil uprising, and the work of other Unitarian Universalist urban congregations facing similar challenges.
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