Each month the Church supports a Justice Partner (formerly called “Cause of the month”) by donating one offering per month of non-pledge offerings at the Sunday services. The UUCPA Action Council reviewed the current program, considered current and new causes advocated by members, evaluated and then presented a slate of organizations to the congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting on April 23, 2017.
Factors that were given priority in making the recommendations for fiscal year 2017-18 were our relationship with the group, including whether there is a related Action Group; who they serve; what is their funding base; and balance among social service, direct action, education, community organizing and advocacy causes.
There is one new Justice Partners selected for fiscal year 2017-18, Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS).
If you have any questions or feedback on Justice Partners, please talk to one of the members of the Action Council.
Current and Upcoming Justice PartnersMarch 2018 – Justice Partner - Green Sanctuary Choice (Earthjustice)
The Justice Partner for March is the Green Sanctuary’s Choice – Earthjustice.
Chosen by the Green Sanctuary Committee, Earthjustice is a San Francisco-based, highly rated charitable organization that provides legal representation to protect the health of the earth. The slogan, “because the earth needs a good lawyer,” aptly describes the work: represents the earth—including its air, water, flora and fauna—to protect it from degradation of all kinds. This work is especially valuable as the Administration in Washington, DC, takes actions designed to reverse protections and enable degradation. Please support the invaluable work of Earthjustice. https://earthjustice.org
The Justice Partner for April is American Muslim Voice.
The American Muslim Voice Foundation (AMV) is a local organization established in July of 2003 as a grassroots, nonviolent, inclusive, civil, immigrant and human rights organization. AMV builds alliances & genuine partnerships with like-minded groups and individuals with the goal of uniting all under the umbrella of our common humanity. AMV celebrates diversity and values all human beings regardless of race, religion, social status or creed. AMV hosts open houses, peace picnics and peace conventions annually to unite neighbors and strangers alike. They also provide the Muslim perspective through teach-in opportunities at schools, colleges, universities, places of worship, and peace conventions. AMV hosts the popular annual EID celebrations that offer the community an opportunity to learn about Muslim holiday celebrations. Their website is: https://www.amuslimvoice.org
Past Justice PartnersFebruary 2018 – Justice Partner - Ada's Cafe
The Justice Partner for February is Ada’s Cafe.
Located in the Mitchell Park Community Center, Ada’s Cafe and Catering is dedicated to hiring, training, and empowering people with disabilities in a commercial food service business. Ada’s provides jobs for the disabled while creating numerous employment and internship opportunities for other local teens and college students as job buddies. Ada’s core values are Commercial Success, Community Values, and Compassionate Employment. website
The Justice Partner for January is Stevenson House.
Stevenson House’s mission is to provide affordable housing where older, independent adults enjoy a safe and caring community. Stevenson House opened its doors in 1968. Built under the sponsorship of Palo Alto Senior Housing Project, Inc., Stevenson House has received ongoing support from the UUCPA and also from the greater community.
The Justice Partner for December is Outlet, a program of Adolescent Counseling Service (ACS).
Outlet is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Youth organization based in Mountain View,California. As the Peninsula‘s only comprehensive LGBTQQ youth organization, it has provided services to LGBTQQ youth and adults who work with youth in the Bay Area. Bilingual Spanish services are also provided. Website: http://www.acs-teens.org/what-we-do/outlet/November 2017 – Justice Partner - South Bay Sanctuary Covenant
The Justice Partner for November is South Bay Sanctuary Covenant.
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant (SBSC) is an interfaith, non-partisan organization of churches and individuals in the Bay Area from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. The group is concerned with peace, justice and liberation for the people of Central America and for the refugees who have fled these areas.
The Justice Partner for October is The Opportunity Center.
The Palo Alto Opportunity Center offers studio and 1–2 bedroom family apartments. The Center also provides light meals, clothing, a mail address, bus passes, case management, and emergency rent assistance to homeless and at–risk people.
The Justice Partner for September is Hotel de Zink.
Hotel de Zink, a rotating church shelter program run by InnVision, Hotel de Zink is hosted by UUCPA during September. We offer breakfast, bag lunch, dinner, and a place to sleep for 10–15 homeless community members. We need volunteers to provide dinner each night as well as funds to cover costs for breakfast and lunch food and supplies.
The Justice Partner for August is The Day Worker Center of Mountain View.
The Day Worker Center has two main areas of service. They serve hundreds of local homeowners and businesses by providing job–matching services to day labor, and (most important from the justice perspective) serve the immigrant community by matching them with those jobs. They are committed to providing tools to empower day workers (mostly immigrants from Mexico and Latin America) as members of this community. They seek to help workers enter more fully into the life of the community by offering classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), GED, computer and job skills, and sewing. (web site)
The Justice Partner for July is The California Clean Money Campaign.
Their vision is achieving an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians. The short term goal is passing the California DISCLOSE Act for improved disclosure on political ads. websiteJune 2017 – Justice Partner - South Palo Alto Food Closet
The Justice Partner for June is The South Palo Alto Food Closet
The South Palo Alto Food Closet is a grocery program located at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. This food program is designed to help needy families with children or disabilities by assisting them in their weekly food needs.May 2017 – Justice Partner - Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS)
The Justice Partner for May is Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS)
Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS) empowers low income adults, mostly immigrants working minimum wage jobs, by providing them with financial support, tutoring, and other assistance so they can continue their education, get higher paying jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children. In 2010, SASS provided financial assistance to help two ESL students attend community college. In spring 2017, close to 200 SASS recipients were enrolled in community college classes, a clear indication of the unmet need SASS fills.