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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Why Are U.S. Police More Deadly than Police in Peer Nations?

    Police forces in the U.S. are notoriously more violent and deadly than police in other Western democracies. Over the last seven years, U.S. police have killed at least 1,000 people every year. This is not normal. In the last 24 years, there have been 55 fatal police shootings in...
    By Julia Nichols | 8/5/2020
  • Police: A Legacy of Racism and Violence

    How certain countries’ police departments violate UN standards for anti-discrimination and use of force by targeting and using excessive force against Black people and people of color.
    By Julia Nichols | 7/22/2020
  • ‘We have no Harlem in Sudan’

    This article by Sebabatso C. Manoeli was originally published June 29, 2020 on the site Africa is a Country. The post acknowledges the international potential of the current Black Lives Matter movement that originated in the United States and resonates in many countries that...
    By Sebabatso C. Manoeli | 7/20/2020
  • Don’t Let the Movement Die Down

    The Black Lives Matter Movement began in 2013 after the murder of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon, a teenage African American boy was followed by a suspicious neighborhood watchman. The two ended up getting in a scuffle, and Trayvon was fatally shot. After the shooting, many Americans,...
    By Kyra Bellamy | 7/1/2020
  • When Did the Looting Start?

    When, exactly, did the looting start? We, in the UUA’s International Office, seek to lift up the histories of imperial looting and theft by empires seeking only to satiate their infinite appetites for power and domination. We steadfastly remain in solidarity with Black, Brown,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/11/2020
  • People, Power, Planet: The 2020 UU@UN Intergenerational Seminar

    There’s no question about it: The world as we knew it no longer exists. The upheaval to “normal life” caused by the coronavirus might also bring an upheaval to the structures that keep inequalities in place – but it’s not guaranteed. The pandemic has certainly drawn much wider...
    By Allison Hess | 5/20/2020
  • Let Their Voices Be Heard: The Legacy of the Marshall Islands and Islanders in the Nuclear Age

    More than any other people on this planet, the Marshall Islanders are survivors of the two greatest threats facing humanity: nuclear weapons and climate change. Their idyllic archipelago, a sapphire entity between Hawaii and Australia, is located 5,000 miles west of Los Angeles...
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/2/2020
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Pastoral Message on Coronavirus from the U/U International Joint Working Group

    As this health crisis reaches all corners of our global family of faith, we in the International U/U Joint Working Group wish to offer our heartfelt prayers, thoughts, and blessings to you and your communities. Our diverse faith, strong and united offers us the reminder that we...
    By Sara Ascher, Roger Bertschausen, Alicia Forde | 3/25/2020
  • Get Excited for the UU-UNO’s 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar

    The 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar on Climate Justice is almost here! Discussions and events surrounding climate justice will be held for three days. Here’s an overview of what to be excited about, from worship to workshops.
    By Alana Campbell | 2/19/2020
  • The Two Breaths of Our Earth

    Unitarian Universalist Association hosts "A Climate in Crisis: The Fight for Justice in a Warming World" on December 5, 2019 to inspire effective, collective climate action.
    By Sydney Boyer | 2/13/2020
  • Remembering the Past and Mending the Present: The Value of Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

    The United States has made little effort to improve their relationship with Native Americans compared to what other countries have done with indigenous populations. Starting in the 1600s Native American history has been riddled with mass genocide, residential schools, and...
    By Lindsey Mayer | 1/28/2020
  • Bouncers and Sleep Deprivation at COP 25

    When I arrived at my hotel in Madrid the lobby was abuzz with a crowd of young people from Asia and Romania who had arrived to join Friday’s march of half a million people to demand climate action. The most visible public voice was Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who had...
    By Ahti Tolvanen | 1/24/2020
  • When War Was Declared Illegal: The Kellogg-Briand Pact

    Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro chose to begin their book, The Internationalists, with the following description of the historic event on August 27, 1928: “On that day, crowds gathered outside the Quai d’Orsay to watch the world leaders arrive at the Clock Room in the immense...
    By Joanne Dufour | 1/7/2020
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Rohingya Flight Gives International Criminal Court Myanmar Crimes Jurisdiction

    The International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over crimes against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, according to a November 14 decision by its PreTrial Chamber. It said that although the Court could not take up these crimes while the Rohingya remained in Myanmar because the...
    By John Washburn | 12/19/2019
  • The Significance of a Treaty as it Applies to the New START Process

    If conflict is inevitable in human relations, so might be efforts to reconcile and reach a state of peace. ...
    By Joanne Dufour | 12/10/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Universal, Indivisible, and Interdependent Human Rights

    With human rights under threat around the world, this Human Rights Day we all must be engaged to make sure that every person's human rights are respected and protected. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 71 years old today, lists the human rights that we must come...
    By Allison Hess, Bruce Knotts | 12/10/2019
  • The Other Existential Threat - and What to Do About It

    We know we are facing an existential crisis with the advance of climate change; and what about the other existential threat? Nuclear weapons. Unless we arrest climate change, it will fundamentally change our civilization in a matter of decades, maybe threaten life on this planet...
    By Jerald Ross | 11/26/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Social Unrest in Chile Persists: Reasons Behind COP25’s Relocation

    COP25 canceled in Chile amidst large scale protests. Ever increasing economic inequality sparked outcries of grievances that have been piling up for decades. The protests show no signs of stopping anytime soon.
    By TingXuan Su | 11/15/2019
    Filed in: UUA International
  • In Opposition to "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons

    In the centennial year, while the world was getting used to writing or typing the year beginning with a “2” instead of a “1,” countries of the world were introduced to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals encouraging the 193 member states to adopt a set of 8 goals...
    By Joanne Dufour | 11/13/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Ancient Diverse Wonders

    The First UU Asia Pacific Regional Conference has just finished. It ran from October 23-27, 2019 in Dumaguete City, Negros Island, Philippines, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP) and attended by about 75 participants, with the theme “Ancient...
    By Ma Theresa Gustilo Gallardo | 11/7/2019


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