1971 Business Resolution

BECAUSE the Canadian Council of Churches' 1969 estimate of the number of United States military refugees and draft resisters was 60,000 with projections of 20,000 per year together with substantial numbers of similar expatriates in other countries; and

BECAUSE most of these young men left the United States after a decision of conscience over the prospect of assisting in an illegal, immoral Vietnam War; and

BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists respect such demonstrated allegiance to personal conscience and to the affirmation of life;

BE IT RESOLVED: The 1971 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association direct its continental offices in Boston to use its powers of advocacy to bring about enactment of United States legislation which grants amnesty and repatriation to those men who are in prison or in self-exile by reason of refusal to serve in the Vietnam War; and

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED: That the 1971 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association affirms its support of the efforts of the Canadian Unitarian Council to raise funds from Unitarian Universalist societies and individuals to aid in ministering to the needs (physical and spiritual) of American expatriates.

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