The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California posts ballot recommendations as a service to its supporting congregations and members. These are free to use by any UU or congregation, however, and please feel free to download the November 2020 ballot recommendations.
Our complete list of ballot recommendations, with selected justifications, is available here. While we are not able to do direct education or advocacy for these propositions, we are thrilled to be able to share opportunities for those interested in learning about and supporting certain ballot proposition movements that align with our values as an organization and as Unitarian Universalists. Links to some of those efforts are below!
Yes on 15! Schools & Communities First
California voters have an opportunity to enact real economic justice on our ballot this November. UUJMCA is proud to support the “Schools & Communities First” Proposition (Proposition 15), which will put $12 billion dollars back into schools & communities every year by closing a commercial property tax loophole. You can learn more about this initiative, its impact, and its protections for homeowners, renters, small businesses, and agricultural land by going to yes15.org.
Sign up to phone bank with Schools & Communities First in key parts of California here. Every phone bank includes a training and support staff!
Yes on 17! Free the Vote!
Currently, 50,000 Californians who have completed their prison sentence do not have the right to vote. Proposition 17 will restore the right to vote to people who have finished their prison term and who deserve to have a voice in our democracy. Biases in the criminal justice system mean that poor people and people of color are more likely than others to be convicted of crimes and to lose their voting rights, while wealthy people can always afford the best lawyers. We can’t have an elected government that represents all of us when some groups are being excluded from our elections and denied the ability to participate in our democracy.