New Actions of Immediate Witness (AIW) Proposals

To assist Unitarian Universalists in organizing Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) at General Assembly (GA), the Commission on Social Witness (Commission) encourages early connection and collaboration in advance of GA to build shared wisdom and empower contributions among local partners.

An Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) is a statement about a significant action, event, or development in the world that necessitates immediate engagement and action among UU member congregations and groups.

An AIW must:

  • Pertain to an issue that requires immediate action
  • Call on UUA member congregations and groups to take specific meaningful action
  • Present an opportunity for member congregations to build partnership and/or act in solidarity with marginalized groups beyond and within the association
  • Be grounded in UU theology and practice
  • Be crafted in anti-oppressive and inclusive language that is conducive to justice

An AIW must not:

  • Duplicate a recent AIW
  • Be primarily focused on issues within the UU.

If you are interested in proposing an AIW or planning together, please review the new AIW process for 2022 and then email socialwitness@uua.org with the following information:

  • Potential title or witness/action topic
  • Two-sentence description, and
  • Contact information for primary organizer(s).

The information will be posted here (scroll down for the list). People interested in collaborating on a witness draft, action, or learning more can communicate with the organizer listed.

PLEASE NOTE: Listings below of proposed AIWs do not constitute endorsement or approval by the Commission on Social Witness nor the UUA. The Commission provides feedback in May (as stated in the AIW process outline), after what is expected to be an extended period of development and refinement among diverse proposers and collaborators.

Proposed AIWs in 2022

Potential Title: Protect What You Love: Reduce Militarism To Create a Livable Climate
Description: This AIW asks UUs to center diplomacy and peace above militarism and war as essential to meeting urgent climate goals that serve the most vulnerable frontline communities. This is in line with what the IPCC reports describe as CODE RED for HUMANITY and warning that it is NOW or NEVER to act to meet the 1.5℃ (2.7°F) target. We ask UUs to call for action by the Biden Administration, Congress and the United Nation to more effectively address the role of the Department of Defense as the world’s largest institutional contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.
Contact: Cindy Piester, UUJEC Board Member, email: climateworkerbees @ gmail.com

Proposed Title: “Anti-Racism and Reparations via Restorative Justice”
Description: This AIW will engage UU Congregations in conversation and workshops to claim truth and promote healing of our past legacies in racism, chattel enslavement and genocide, whose consciousness has morphed into this the 21st Century. The core of this AIW is the power of Restorative Justice which is needed by Unitarian Universalists as accountability required by our humanity and expressed by some as the proposed 8th principle. This AIW will put Unitarian Universalism in the forefront of healing our nation from it crimes against humanity. < br /> Contact: Carl McCargo ilike2travel@comcast.net; Tanya Roberts tanyaroberts @centurytel.net

Potential Title: "Education: Meet the Moment"
Description: This is an Action of Immediate Witness that responds to immediate problems and concerns. Including recent acts of censorship, school violence, and threats of violence. The national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic receives some attention. The Build Back Better plan continues to develop and it includes some important points relevant to child care and education.
Contact: Rev. Robert Murphy, murphydalzell@aol.com

Potential Title: "Human Rights and International Law Must Be Respected Universally Rather Than Selectively”
Description: The United States government does not at present respect human rights and international law universally; instead, it condemns violations when committed by strategic enemies, but ignores violations committed by the United States or its allies. This hypocrisy regarding the fundamental principles guiding our collective life must be opposed if we are to achieve a world that is truly at peace, and this Action of Immediate Witness, therefore, calls on Unitarian Universalists to petition the United States government to respect human rights and international law universally.
Contact: Curtis Bell, curt.c.bell @gmail.com, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East.

Potential Title: Breaching the Snake River Dams
Description
: This action would support the removal of the Snake River dams that have been a major contributor to salmon species and Southern Resident Orcas being listed under the Endangered Species Act and devastating to Tribal fishing communities, culture and livelihood.
Contact: Deb Cruz, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship and JUUstice Washington, dwcruz @comcast.net

Potential Title: Support for Starbucks Workers
Description: This proposed Action of Immediate Witness will express General Assembly support for Starbucks workers as they organize their labor union. Congregations will be asked to use the Labor Day season and the month of September to educate people about opportunities to support labor union organizing and other actions for worker justice.
Contact: Unitarian Universalists for Worker Justice, Rev. Robert Murphy murphydalzell@aol.com

Proposed AIW topic deadline is May 1, 2022. Email the following to socialwitness@uua.org:

  • Potential AIW title or witness/action topic
  • Two-sentence description, and
  • Contact information for primary organizer(s).