By Rev. Mary Katherine Morn & Brittney Rose on June 22, 2020
As many have said, COVID-19, as a virus, does not discriminate. However, the impact of the virus is not the same for people who live with systemic disparities in economic circumstance and access to healthcare.
UUSC strives to affirm the worth and dignity of every person by advancing human rights and dismantling systems of oppression in partnership with grassroots partners and allies. In our 80 years as an international human rights organization, UUSC has learned that long-term solutions to injustice arise from communities most affected. We have also witnessed the way some government and NGO crisis response deepens inequities instead of addressing them.
In our response to the global pandemic, we are working to lift up the pandemic’s impacts on communities already affected by inequity, and support community-driven solutions to ensure that everyone is provided fair access to the resources and services they need to fully recover socially, economically, and in a way where our public health systems evolve to better care for the needs of every single person.
UUSC has adopted several strategic approaches to ensure partners and the communities they serve are supported during the pandemic. Following the leadership of our partners, UUSC has responded to the harms they have lifted up due to the impact of the virus and systemic disparities. For example, UUSC is supporting a new partner in providing COVID-19 safety and hygiene kits in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, housing Rohingya people forced to leave their homes in Burma (Myanmar). Also, UUSC joined Louisiana partner, the Lowlander Center, in supporting Native tribes facing the pandemic and a decimated fishing economy, which has led to a severe loss of jobs and lower incomes for tribal members. Read more about UUSC’s strategic approaches and responses to the pandemic here.
At this year’s Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (GA), UUSC will be offering a 30-minute live webinar on the Virtual Learning Stage at 7:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, June 26. During this webinar, you will hear from a panel of our staff on how UUSC is responding, centering partners’ needs, and pivoting support during the COVID-19 crisis. With your virtual GA registration, you will be able to join us for this live webinar on June 26th or view the recording in the on-demand library.
This year’s GA will be a new experience for all and UUSC is looking forward to connecting with you virtually. We hope to see you at the webinar on June 26. You can find more information about other ways to engage with UUSC during virtual GA here. Join us for an inspiring week of connection during these challenging times as we work to advance human rights together!
About UUSC: Guided by the belief that all people have inherent worth and dignity, UUSC advances human rights globally by partnering with affected communities who are confronting injustice, mobilizing to challenge oppressive systems, and inspiring and sustaining spiritually grounded activism for justice. We invite you to join us in this journey toward realizing a better future!
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