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General Resolution

WHEREAS, segregation and discrimination wherever practiced continue to be a matter of major national and international concern and reflect attitudes contrary to moral, religious and ethical commitments; and

WHEREAS, such discrimination is economically wasteful and psychologically destructive to members both of majority and minority groups; and

WHEREAS, the treatment of a large part of our citizenship as second-class citizens and the indignities to which they and visitors from other countries are subjected shades world opinion and destroys confidence in the moral leadership of the United States;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That members of Unitarian Universalist churches use their personal influence in their local communities to secure service without discrimination, in all places of public accommodation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Unitarian Universalist Association urge the President of the United States to utilize all powers at his command, including that of Executive Order, especially to use that stroke of the pen to end discrimination in all housing projects which receive any federal funds whatsoever, to secure compliance, where pertinent laws exist and promote progress in private sectors by virtue of his prestige and influence; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Unitarian Universalist Association urge the Congress of the United States to fulfill the civil rights commitments of the Republican and Democratic party platforms of 1960 for meaningful civil rights legislation; this would include the bipartisan Senate Bills 2979 through 2983, covering the literacy tests, school desegregation, the right of the Attorney General to initiate court cases where there is voting discrimination, a Fair Employment Practice Commission, and all of the recommendations of the President's Civil Rights Commission; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: That all Unitarian Universalists be urged to refrain where possible from joining any and all organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, creed and national origin and to urge all individuals to work for elimination of discrimination in any organization of which they are already members.

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Last updated on Monday, July 30, 2012.

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