Social Action Immigration Reform and Education Task Force

September 22, 2015 was truly a milestone in our task force’s work for immigration reform and social justice. We, at the UUFSD were the leaders in organizing a community forum on “Know Your Rights.” By all measures, the “Know Your Rights” forum was a huge success. Over 50 participants, and many children, attended. This was a great tribute to our outreach efforts to churches, restaurants, community organizations, markets, etc.

We put together a coalition of five organizations, the UUFSD, ACLU, UURISE, North County Immigration Task Force and the Encinitas Library. We also invited civil and health organizations to participate with information tables. The comments we received from the presenters, those staffing the tables and participants were superlative, both in terms of community participation and the content of the forum. The comprehensive agenda touched on vital issues facing the Hispanic immigrant population, DACA and DAPA, explanation of the rights of immigrants when confronted with civil authorities, and information on AB 60, how to obtain drivers licenses.

But perhaps the most significant part of the forum was the break out session following the presentations. Six immigration attorneys and the NCITF expert on AB60 met with over 40 participants on a one on one basis to answer their concerns. The session was to end at 8:00 pm and we were able to extend that time so that everyone that needed counseling received it.

In continuing to make a difference in people’s lives,
Livia Walsh, Nancy Harmon, Roger Harmon, Irv Himelblau,
Immigration Reform and Education Task Force

Oct. 1st — Food Bank Volunteer Night

Join us at the San Diego Food Bank in the Miramar area; just 20 minutes from UUFSD! It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PM – anyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie.

This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

Email Sara Ohara TO REGISTER and for more information:

NOTE for Victor. Please use the Title of “Oct. 1st - Food Bank Volunteer Night” so this is what appears on the Home page and please make it a STICKY POST until Oct. 2nd. Thanks!

UUSC/UUA Joint Statement on the Global Refugee Crises

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) issued a joint statement about the global refugee crisis by  announcing two new initiatives:

  1. A special UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund, ( with the goal of raising $250,000  by September 26, 2015.
  2. A petition drive to pressure the Obama administration to substantially raise the number of refugees admitted into the United States to 200,000.

In the next two weeks the UUFSD Social Action Committee will circulate a petition asking Secretary of State John Kerry to raise the FY2016 refugee ceiling to 200,000; it is a moral imperative.  Please pass by the Social Action table in the core area to sign the petition and for more information on the UUSC/UUA call to action.


Food Drive for Hunger

Thanks to everyone who has contributed food items and/or a monetary donation to our annual UUFSD Food Drive For Hunger. Every year we endeavor to provide the Community Resource Center with critical items, that they identify, needed in their food center. Our goal is to provide at least six (6) months of product for distribution. This year we were asked to donate peanut butter, cooking oil, tuna, and toddlers pull-ups.

This is the last week of our three week collection drive and we are critically short of our goal. Please consider donating either goods or making a monetary donation to this effort this Sunday, September 20. Generosity and compassion are two of our Fellowships guiding principles. May we be generous and compassionate in this our final week of our FOOD DRIVE FOR HUNGER.

Gun Violence Prevention (GVP)

The GVP sub committee meets each Sunday between services to keep abreast of GVP issues. We plan and conduct continuing events that support Gun Violence Prevention initiatives. These include a December Candlelight Vigil, in conjunction with Faiths United, the Brady Campaign, and the Newtown Foundation, as part of the Sabbath Weekend in support of GVP. We keep the Fellowship aware, on a monthly basis, of issues and action items related to legislative campaigns on GVP. We plan and bring issues to the Fellowship, in solidarity with our partner organizations, in support of GVP actions. Our “Everytown for Gun Safety” campaign with an image-supported message to members of congress is an example of that activity. Our partner organizations are the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, The Newtown Action Alliance and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Know Your Rights Forum — Immigration Reform and Education, September 22, 2015

The UUFSD Social Action Committee, Immigration Reform and Education Task Force is the coordinating sponsor of a legal information workshop for undocumented workers on Tuesday, September 22 from 6 to 8 pm, at the Encinitas Community Center. The forum will be conducted in Spanish. Our partner organizations are the ACLU, North County Immigration Task Force, UURISE, and the Encinitas Library. Attendees will learn about their legal rights, the DACA and DAPA programs, and California AB60, (Drivers License Program). An information table with social, medical and legal literature will be set up.

National Hunger Action Month

Social Action Special CRC Annual
Food Drive: Sep 6 thru Sep 20, 2015
The Encinitas Community Resource Center has identified four items that are in short supply in the CRC food pantry.

CHILDRENS (Toddlers) PULL-UPS (not diapers)

Drop donations off at the Social Action Table in the Core area.

Cash donations also appreciated, the CRC can buy food products from local food banks organizations for pennies on the dollar.

Veterans for Peace Seeking Crew Members for Peace Boat

Veterans for Peace are seeking crew members for their historic “peace boat” – the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule recently docked in San Diego at the start of a new 10 year mission to promote peace. For its first two years, the Golden Rule will make port stops up and down the west coast carrying on its educational mission for peace, nuclear disarmament, safe, sustainable energy and a clean environment. For more information on how you can help or join the crew, visit the website of the VFP Golden Rule Project at:

The Golden Rule

Voluntary Simplicity Course

The SAC Environmental Justice Task Force  is sponsoring a Five (5) week Voluntary Simplicity course, developed by the Northwest Earth Institute, on Wednesdays, Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7 & 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Founders Hall.   The course explores  consumption patterns that affect you and others on a daily basis and on a global scale.  Even though there appears to be a strong case for voluntary simplicity, often we despair that consumerism will continue to dominate our life style.  We say we want to slow down and be more productive, but get stuck with the initial question of “Where do I start?”

Participants will be expected to read weekly material (which includes brief articles, book excerpts, and/or links to online content) on their own. Then as a group, we will discuss the lessons and make decisions about life changes. Baby steps.

There will be a registration table in the Core Area on Sundays, Sep 6 & 13. For more information contact Louise L Garrett, MA. Ed at: Books may be purchased in advance for $27 at