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WHEREAS current global economic, social, and political developments have
brought about greater concentration of wealth and economic power in the hands of
major corporations and wealthy individuals while resulting in a lower standard
of living and growing lack of opportunity for many people;
WHEREAS in the United States there is increasing disparity between the
wealthiest ten percent and the remainder of the population;
WHEREAS democracy is at risk as wealthy individuals and corporations continue
to dominate the United States political process;
WHEREAS many corporations benefit from preferential treatment in the form of
grants, subsidies, and tax deductions, frequently referred to as "corporate
welfare," while increasingly neglecting their moral obligation to the welfare of
their employees, communities, and the global ecosystem;
WHEREAS government funding for social programs is declining while spending
for penal institutions is escalating;
WHEREAS access to legal recourse has been reduced and restricted at the same
time that public assistance is being administered through state block grants
with the likelihood that such funds will be reduced or diverted to other uses;
WHEREAS we now see massive numbers of people who are homeless, children who
are impoverished, people working for below poverty-level pay, environmental
degradation, lack of adequate health care, and erosion of workers' rights; and
WHEREAS the poor, immigrants, racial minorities, unemployed, and aged are
unjustly blamed for the perceived decline in the quality of life of upper and
middle income groups;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association urges
its member congregations and individual Unitarian Universalists in the United
States to work in cooperation with Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic
Community, other public-spirited organizations, and individuals in support of a
more just economic community, and toward that objective to implement practices
in our own congregations which are congruent with the intent of this resolution,
and to work specifically in favor of mechanisms such as:
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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