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1978 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the 1977 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association adopted a general resolution on the Equal Rights Amendment, which, in part, calls upon member societies to minimize economic participation in non-ratified states; and

WHEREAS, the 1977 General Assembly affirmed the action of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association to schedule the 1979 General Assembly in a state that has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment; and

WHEREAS, the Administrative Board of the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation reaffirmed in June 1977 its resolve to meet only in states which have ratified the amendment; and

WHEREAS, the grassroots boycott by increasing numbers of church and citizen organizations has made significant impact on the economic well-being of non-ratified states;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1978 General Assembly requests the Unitarian Universalist Association's Board of Trustees to schedule all future General Assemblies in ratified states; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the General Assembly calls upon the UUA Administrative officers and staff, leaders within districts and local societies, and the boards of related organizations to discourage the scheduling and the attending of multistate denominational meetings, seminars, conferences, and retreats in public facilities in non-ratified states until the ERA becomes the law of the land; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the General Assembly encourages those districts entirely composed of non-ratified states to adopt creative methods for planning meetings which will increase the awareness of and support for the Equal Rights Amendment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this action be conveyed by the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association to the governors, state legislatures, chambers of commerce, convention bureaus, hotel and restaurant associations in those states which have not ratified the ERA, and to the press.

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