Social Witness Statements: General Resolution
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Poverty and Unemployment1985 General Resolution

WHEREAS, the United States Constitution mandates the government to establish justice and promote the general welfare; and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and

WHEREAS, the issues of poverty and unemployment are also of great concern to Canadians; and

WHEREAS, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' draft pastoral letter states that, "Society has a moral obligation to take the necessary steps to ensure that no one among us is hungry, homeless, unemployed, or otherwise denied what is necessary to live with dignity"; and

WHEREAS, other religious and secular organizations have expressed similar concerns;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1985 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association asks our governments to create programs to reduce poverty and unemployment, provide job training, and aid hungry and homeless persons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That moneys be taken from the military budget and instead be allocated for the purpose of eliminating poverty and hunger in North America; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly endorses the principle that every person has an inherent and moral right to work at a meaningful wage, food, clothing and shelter.