The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.
Justice for Those Who Need it Most
November 25, 2015
This Thanksgiving, UUSC is most thankful for our supporters. While it feels trite to express gratitude on Thanksgiving, it’s true. Because of our supporters, we’re helping thousands of refugees survive — supporting NGOs on the ground who are providing medical care, legal aid, and counseling to people who’ve lived through some of the worst violence imaginable. Closer to home, we’ve rallied thousands of people to oppose political efforts to scapegoat refugees.
We’re also partnering with grassroots organizations to advocate for fair wages and decent working conditions for tomato pickers in Florida and farmworkers in other states. And we’re pushing to end the practice of detaining women and children from Central America in jail-like conditions.
We’re able to do all these things and so much more to alleviate suffering and secure justice because of your support.
We’ve protected a number of refugees from harsh immigration practices, trained a number of volunteers in trauma counseling, and we’ve rebuilt a number of villages in disaster-stricken areas. The numbers matter, but what matters most is that over and over again, we go where people need us most, and do our best to give them what they need — whether it’s help in an emergency or a voice in our government.
And while so many people hurt and cry out for justice, we are incredibly thankful there are people like you willing to help.
We hope that you’re able to enjoy the holidays and that you’re proud of what you make possible as part of the UUSC community. And that you get some time to relax and recharge with family and friends.
There’s a good chance you’ll be talking about the Syrian refugee crisis tomorrow, and it can be tough to stand up for such a maligned group of people. We put together a blog post of facts and perspectives to help you get through it. We hope it’s useful. Let us know what you think.