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Planning for Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) at GA

To assist Unitarian Universalists in organizing Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) at the 2014 General Assembly (GA), the Commission on Social Witness (CSW) encourages you to plan and collaborate online.

If you are interested in proposing topics and planning together for AIWs, email your:

  1. topic title,
  2. two-sentence description, and
  3. email address to:
    socialwitness@uua.org
    (Please start your Subject line with AIW).

The information will be posted here (scroll down for list). People interested in learning more about a particular topic or collaborating on drafting an AIW can communicate directly with the original proposer.

If you prefer to just propose a topic for others to consider, send only the title and description to be posted. If another person wants to coordinate planning that issue, they can notify us at socialwitness@uua.org.

During General Assembly, proposed AIWs cannot be submitted online.

To be considered at General Assembly, proposed AIWs must be submitted at General Assembly, as described in Part 2 of the Proposer's Guide. Please note: the criteria for AIWs include that there not be a recent existing Statement of Conscience or AIW on the topic and that the matter be focused and urgent enough to require immediate action.

View Past AIWs >

Questions may be sent to socialwitness@uua.org.

Proposed AIWs

Title: Affirming Congregational Commitment on Gun Violence Prevention 

Description: This AIW solicits an endorsement from this General Assembly renewing the focus and call for congregational commitment, as such was approved in previous GA AIW/Statements of Conscience, to work for gun violence prevention initiatives as demanded by the recent mass tragedies of VA Tech, Aurora, Tucson, Newtown and the Washington Navy Yard – and the insanity of individual gun homicides numbering close to a thousand each month.Recent congregationally-approved resolutions and statements of conscience in No. Virginia will hopefully inspire other congregations to emulate our examples, initiating a wave of calls to action spreading across the UUA world, congregation by district by region, and also prepare congregations for the work required by the CSAI on Gun Violence: A Public Health Issue under consideration this year. 

Contact: Bob Hatfield, rjhatfield2@verizon.net

Title: Calling for Humanitarian Aid to Victims of Violence in Syria

Description: Unitarian Universalists, their ministers and congregations are urged to witness to the plight of Syrians violently displaced within Syria and of Syrian refugees seeking safety across borders and, as well, to advocate humanitarian aid for these refugees.

Contact: Richard Kopp, richardkopp@mac.com

Title: End the FDA's Anti-Gay Blood Ban

Description: The FDA still bans men who have had sex with men (MSM) since 1977 from donating blood, preventing an estimated 130,000 men from donating over 219,000 pints of blood each year, a policy the American Medical Association calls "antiquated" and "not based on sound science." This AIW calls for an end to this discriminatory policy and calls upon congregations and their members to take immediate action to raise awareness of the policy while also promoting the life-saving act of donating blood.

Contact: Derrick, dmust001@fiu.edu

Title: Stand for Fair and Effective Global Climate Treaty in 2014 & 2015

Description: Call on Local, State, & US Government, Corporate, Financial & Religious leaders to be models of and voices for Global Leadership on a Fair & Effective Global Climate Treaty, during UN Pre-negotiations 20 & 21 September 2014 in NYC , and the Global Climate Summit, Paris, November 2015.

Contact: Doris Marlin, dam17th2009@yahoo.com

Title: Support Diplomacy with Iran

Description: This AIW urges respect for the interests and dignity of all parties in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and supports sanctions relief as part of an agreement.  It reiterates the 2011 AIW's opposition to a military strike.  

Contact: David Keppel, UU Church of Bloomington, IN, keppel@sbcglobal.net

For more information contact socialwitness@uua.org.

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Last updated on Friday, May 30, 2014.

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