UUJMCA listens to and collaborates with grassroots movements to shape our ministries to create more equitable, sustainable, and moral economic practices in California. Whether it is to promote tenant rights and local rent control initiatives, advocate for worker safety and wages, or encourage activists to identify & dismantle the intersectional impact of racism and classism, UUJMCA knows that our work as people of faith must be rooted in accountable partnerships. At the core of our faith is the practice of covenant, the sacred act of building and maintaining relationships that help ALL of us thrive. Our efforts to promote economic justice are thus shaped by our listening to, lifting up, and collaborating on the movements shaped by the following organizations/coalitions:
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment is a grassroots, statewide community organization dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood by neighborhood, to fight for the policies and programs needed to improve our communities and create a brighter future. Comprised of local/neighborhood chapters and issue committees, ACCE groups meet regularly to strategize and plan campaigns. Learn more about ACCE and connect with a local chapter near you to be part of the neighborhood organizing in your area.
Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy is a base-building organization committed to social, economic, and environmental justice for working-class and immigrant communities in California’s Central Coast. Through community organizing, leadership development, coalition building, civic engagement, policy research, and advocacy, CAUSE builds a grassroots community working to build a world where all can contribute to, and benefit from, a sustainable economy that is just, prosperous and environmentally healthy. Learn more about CAUSE’s work & communities in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Santa Paula and get connected to their local efforts in your area today.
Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice is a coalition of diverse faith communities & congregations with a progressive agenda around workers’ rights and issues of economic justice. Knowing the specific & essential place that people of faith hold within the larger social justice landscape, CLUE members strive to bring four core gifts to the work to create justice: a reliable religious constituency, a faith-rooted call to humanity, inspiration & support for those on the frontlines, and counter-messaging to private economic interests. Learn more about CLUE’s work in Los Angeles & Orange Counties and get connected to their efforts to create a just & sacred society here.
Californians United for a Responsible Budget is a statewide coalition of over 70 grassroots organizations that works to bridge movements for economic, racial, and environmental justice by reducing the number of people in prisons and jails, shrinking the imprisonment system, and shifting public spending from corrections and policing to human services. Through budget & legislative advocacy, media campaigns, demonstrations, direct engagement with elected officials, and more, CURB works to curb prison spending, and redirect those funds to communities at local and state levels. Find out more about CURB and how to connect with their work here.
FAME / EBASE
The Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, is EBASE’s (East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy) faith-rooted organizing program, bringing together the teachings from spiritual traditions to infuse our economic justice movement with love, joy, and hope. FAME is a network of clergy, spiritual leaders, and people of faith, whose mission is to educate and mobilize faith communities to stand with low-wage and immigrant workers. Members provide a moral voice and accompaniment to those struggling for dignity and justice to help help create and protect quality jobs that lift people out of poverty. Find out more about FAME’s ministry and the larger EBASE organizing efforts to connect with their faith-rooted work in the East Bay.
Worksafe is a statewide organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the basic right of all people to a safe and healthy workplace. In collaboration with worker organizations and activist networks, they work to eliminate toxic chemicals and other hazards from the workplace. Worksafe also advocates for worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for people who are injured on the job or suffer work-related illness, and watchdogs government agencies to ensure they enforce these laws. Through legal training and technical assistance they strive to improve access to justice for workers who are most vulnerable to having their rights violated. Learn more about Worksafe and their campaign priorities – including Coronavirus & Wildfire Smoke related safety – here.