UUJME statement on "A Vision for Black Lives" policy platform

8/10/2016 We in UUJME are excited and inspired by the release of "A Vision for Black Lives”, a platform of demands for policy changes in the United States issued by Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing a large cross section of Black Americans.  And we are delighted that our allies in the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective have also endorsed the platform.  

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Proposed UUA GA 2016 Business Resolution

UUJME has proposed a business resolution asking the UUA to divest from corporations complicit in human rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories. Learn more...

Message to Supporters Regarding the Investment Screen Business Resolution 6/25/2016

"The Majority Are With Us"

A majority of UUs at General Assembly voted for the business resolution endorsing the UUA’s  screening out of investments in companies that profit from human rights violations in all areas of the world including in the occupied Palestinian territories: 55% of delegates voted in favor, and among off-site delegates, the percent was 67% in favor.

The vote was short of the two-thirds threshold required to pass, but significant enough to establish firm grounding for future work on advancing justice for Palestinian rights.  Read more...

UUJME Statement on Breach of Right Relations

 6/23/2016 - The theme of GA 2016 is Heartland: Where Faiths Connect. UUJME and our Christian, Jewish and Muslim allies were surprised that last night's opening ceremonies -- traditionally a gathering of joy, worship and inclusion -- featured a partisan political pitch urging attendees to vote against the UUJME-sponsored business resolution on divesting from companies that violate human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories. 

Delegates take very seriously the responsibility for voting on resolutions that direct the work of our association. The statement last night by a speaker invited by the UUA leadership was highly provocative and, in parts, inaccurate and distorted. We invite people to visit our booth #623 in the exhibit hall for respectful discussion of the facts. More information on the resolution and related issues can be found at www.uujme.org. Take a look at Facebook.com/uujme and follow us on Twitter @uujme, @DianaDigges, @fosnalive, @jvplive, #uuaga and #UUDivest4Peace.


NEWS

Sanders names Cornel West, Keith Ellison to DNC platform committee

Rev. Dr. West was the UUA GA 2015 Ware Lecturer. Keith Ellison is an African-American Muslim Congressman.

Cornel West

View his UUA GA lecture at
https://youtu.be/2iAHrgirE7I.

Mohamed Al-Qeiq, a Palestinian prisoner who ended a 94-day hunger strike in February, has been released to his home in the West Bank. Al-Qeiq is a journalist who was held without charge or trial for months in administrative detention, not an uncommon situation for Palestinian prisoners.



Today, B’Tselem announced it would no longer refer complaints to the military’s law enforcement system. We explain this unusual decision in our new report, The Occupation's Fig Leaf: Israel's Military Law Enforcement System as a Whitewash Mechanism, which is based on hundreds of complaints B’Tselem has filed.


   

The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel Study Guide

Download the study guide on Palestine-Israel to use for your adult religious education program.

Booklet of Prereadings and Videos for Study Guide Session Preparation:

http://tinyurl.com/7UUPandPI-Prep

Request a packet of guides on the Take Action --> Learn and Reflect page.

Email curriculum@uujme.org with any questions and constructive feedback. Leaders of study groups around the country are happy to be paired with potential leaders of other groups to provide advice. You do not have to be an expert on the issues to lead a group. It is a guide rich with many resources that you can omit or add to as you see appropriate.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East is a recommended book to read before starting the first session.

 

UUJME Spring Newsletter is Here!

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New Black-Palestinian Solidarity Video

Israel Human Rights Organizations' Statement on Violence

October 15, 2015

A group of Israeli human rights organizations issued a statement about the use of lethal force and collective punishment against Palestinians.

http://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/human-rights-organizations-israel-politicians-calls-police-and 

Signers included the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Amnesty International – Israel Branch, B'Tselem, Gisha, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, HaMoked – Center for the Defence of the Individua, Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Right, Adalah – The Legal Center for the Rights of the Arab Minority in Israel, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel.