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On Children, Poverty, and Violence1984 General Resolution

WHEREAS, over half of all United States and Canadian children under the age of eighteen in female-headed households live below the poverty level; and

WHEREAS, growing numbers of children of all income groups and all family situations are harmed by abuse and neglect; and

WHEREAS, we, as Unitarian Universalists, join with women, men and children everywhere in striving for universal dignity, equality, freedom and peace, to which all, including children, are entitled; and

WHEREAS, poverty and violence prevent the achievement of these rights;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1984 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urges each society and member to:

  1. Advocate the strengthening of children's programs and legislation on the federal, provincial, state and local levels, especially those that improve family income, provide affordable and healthful child care, and/or prevent abuse, and alleviate the effects of family violence, where it exists; and
  2. Support concerned parents in their efforts to help each other and to advocate for their children; and
  3. Cooperate with organizations whose views on these issues we share.