NON-PROFIT NOMINATIONS FOR FINAL 2018-19 JUSTICE ISSUES ASSEMBLY (JIA) MEETING, SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2:30 p.m.

Important Votes Need Everyone’s Input!

JCC received several qualifying Non-profit Nominations in the categories described below:

STRATEGIC CHANGE AGENTS:

  • PCICEO (Pima County Interfaith Civic Education Organization)—Non-profit interfaith association of some 28 religious and civic organizations, affiliated with Arizona Interfaith Network.  MVUU’s “Team” (MVUU members & friends TOO!) educates and mobilizes citizens to advocate for systemic change in an inclusive democratic society.

Issues include public education, health care and nutrition, immigrant integration, workforce development, and economic justice for poor and marginalized people.  Learn through “civic academies” how to support issues and help get out the vote to hold public officials accountable.

  • UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ)—Engages UUs in justice making by strengthening church justice ministries; connects UU activists/congregations across the state; partners with like-minded justice organizations; and empowers UUs to work for just public policy.

Includes efforts for immigrants and public education.  Special worship services tie justice work to UU values; and two state-wide events empower UU youth/adults to take action for just public policy.

 

DIRECT RESPONDERS:

  • Keep Tucson Together (KTT)—This all-volunteer organization aids those seeking to apply for citizenship, youth under DACA, and families needing legal assistance with immigration/ deportation.

Keeps families together, rather than having the parent or parents deported.  Donations help office overhead and provide paper in abundance for form instructions and completing forms.

  • Interfaith Community Services (ICS)—MVUU is one of many faith partners, a non-profit since 1985, which has helped people in need achieve stable, healthy, independent lives.

They run a food bank; jobs resource center, meals on wheels; and provide for the elderly in many ways.  Other programs assist single mothers; prevent homelessness; help hospital patients with home care and support; and offer many other services integral to the health and safety of Tucson area children, youth, and families.

 

AT-LARGE RECIPIENTS:

  • Primavera FoundationProvides pathways out of poverty through save, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization.

Men, women, and children are served by its shelters and programs of work development home placement.

  • Youth On Their Own (YOTO)—Support high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, and guidance.

YOTO serves a specific group of youth in need through a well-managed, dedicated organization.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson—Help provide children and youth in Tucson’s communities. Especially those who need us most, with a clear path to reach their full potential and pursue their dreams.

For more than 50 years, this non-profit has provided outcome-driven club experiences for children and youth at safe places where they go after school and on weekends; where they can get help with homework, play games, and participate in athletic programs with their peers; and most importantly m where they can form positive relationships with adults.  Key outcomes are school success, healthy diet and fitness and development of good character and respect for community.

  • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)—UUSC has three areas of Justice Focus:  Economic, Environmental, and Rights at Risk.  

When the environment and rights are being destroyed, UUSC arrives worldwide to serve people who often have to abandon their homes and flee, uprooting family and children.  They focus on needs of groups at risk, like current aid for the Rohingya in Burma and on many areas that make headlines due to war and environmental disaster.  They also work to empower women in Nepal, who lack the power to adequately help their family in an area that gets little publicity.

  • Arizonans for Gun Safety (AZFGS)—an educational and lobbying organization that engages individuals, organizations, and public officials from diverse communities in a statewide effort to prevent gun violence.

AZFGS—the oldest state-based gun-violence organization in Arizona—has advocated for sensible gun laws, including Shannon’s Law, universal background checks, child-access-prevention laws and extreme-risk protection orders.  AZFGS uses a public-health approach to gun-violence prevention, rather than focusing on ideology. This non-profit is the fiscal agent and mentor of “March for Our Lives” Arizona coalition, and several of its members also serve on the Giffords Arizona Coalition.