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UUs march for racial justice in Ferguson, MO.

UUs march for racial justice in St. Louis, MO, for the Ferguson Weekend of Resistance

The racial profiling, police brutality, voting restrictions, and mass imprisonment of African Americans and other people of color in the United States (dubbed the “New Jim Crow” by civil rights advocate and scholar Dr. Michelle Alexander) is a moral outrage.

As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), our dedication to global justice, equity, and dignity leads us to join hands across lines of race, class, age, and geography and work for an end to the injustices faced by black people in our communities, so that every person is treated equally under the law and has a fair chance at life. 

Act Now!

  • Join the Black Lives Matter Movement
    See Standing on the Side of Love — Faith, Race & Justice
  • Connect with the Moral Monday Forward Together Movement
  • Advocate for the Smarter Sentencing Act
    We are working with the Faith in Action Criminal Justice Reform Working Group to pass this legislation, which would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, reduce excessive sentences for low-level drug offenses, and authorize judicial review of cases sentenced under the old 100 to 1 crack cocaine sentencing disparity for possible resentencing. Join Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales and sign this interfaith clergy letter in support of the Smarter Sentencing Act, write your own letter (PDF), and join the Facebook group UUs Resisting New Jim Crow & Mass Incarceration for updates.
  • Get Into Partnership to Make a Difference
    Ending mass incarceration, racial profiling, police brutality, and disenfranchisement takes relationships and partnerships across lines of difference. Many congregations are involved with a congregation-based community organization—these networks connect faith communities with racial justice leaders and organize for an end to the school-to-prison pipeline and other structural racism. Check out the list at the bottom of this page for more recommended partner groups.

Worship, Learn, and Live Your Faith




  • Join UUs Resisting the New Jim Crow and Mass Incarceration on Facebook
  • #BlackLivesMatter, a movement, a call to action, and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that perpetuates our society, created in 2012 after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin
  • Building the Movement to End the New Jim Crow,” a 2013 panel discussion from UU leaders on strategies and practices for engaging congregations and communities
  • Resource hub from the Interfaith Organizing Initiative gathering on the intersection of criminalization and race, including videos, documents, and links to build relationships and take action
  • Nation Inside, a platform that connects and supports people who are building a movement to systematically challenge mass incarceration in the United States



Effective justice ministry depends on partnership. UU partners for ending the “New Jim Crow,” beyond the Unitarian Universalist Association, include UU state action networks, Standing on the Side of Love, and the Church of the Larger Fellowship’s prison ministry program. UUs also form interfaith partnerships, such as with the organizations below:

  • American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that includes people of many faiths and works to improve life for prisoners
  • Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, a campaign to build a grassroots movement against mass incarceration, focusing on education and coalition-building
  • Congregation-Based Community Organizations, inter-faith, cross-class, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial grassroots organizations, many of which work to stop school to prison pipelines, replace criminal courts with drug courts, and shut down private prisons
  • Ella Baker Center For Human Rights, a California-based organization that has nationally expanded their Books Not Bars program and its network of families of incarcerated youth
  • Grassroots Leadership, a multi-racial team of community, labor, faith, and campus organizers who work with communities across the country to abolish for-profit prisons, jails, and detention centers
  • Healing Communities, an organization that provides ministry for people returning from or at risk of incarceration, their families, and the larger community, and help congregations become Stations of Hope for those affected by the criminal justice system
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a national organization that works to eliminate race-based discrimination, in part by advocating for addiction and mental health treatment, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system
  • The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, a cross section of progressive African American faith leaders and congregations that have partnered with Dr. Michelle Alexander and other advocates on a public awareness campaign to address the “New Jim Crow” and mass incarceration

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