Social Justice

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At Shelter Rock, we seek to involve all members in our Unitarian Universalist mission to build a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. While action on behalf of justice is the responsibility of the entire congregation, the Social Justice Committee exercises special leadership in this sphere by providing opportunities for education and action on the most pressing moral and social issues of the day. These currently include comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform, prison reform, and anti-hunger efforts. The Social Justice Mental Health Sub-Committee provides members with the opportunity to address the injustice that those with mental illness face. The Social Justice UU-United Nations Office Work Group offers members the opportunity to address issues at the global level.

Through both social action and social justice advocacy, the committee seeks to involve members of UUCSR in bringing about systemic change. This is not achieved in isolation but by collaboration with many local grass roots organizations and Large Grants recipients including Long Island Jobs with Justice, United Veterans Beacon House, the AIDS Center of Queens County, the Interfaith Nutrition Network, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Queens/Nassau (NAMI), the NY Civil Liberties Union and many others.

Freedom School: Examining Slavery and its Consequences for the 21st Century

Dates: Saturdays, February 22, February 29, March 7, and March 24, 2020 
Sponsored by: The Racial Justice Task Force of the Social Justice Committee

Using materials from the New York Times "1619 Project" and other relevant texts, we examined the history of chattel slavery in the United States and its effects to this day; and the policies of the US government towards Native Americans in history and today. Download flyer with session descriptions and complete details here

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The Social Justice Committee also collaborates with the Socially Responsible Investment Sub-Committee by providing recommendations for areas of shareholder advocacy and by supporting investor statements from the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility. In this way we exercise our responsibility to call for justice in the corporate world.

If you want to help make the world a better place, the Social Justice Committee would welcome your participation. Please contact Committee Liaison, Sharyn Esposito, for information about events and programs at  or 516.472.2960.
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On May 19, 2017, a concert with Gaida and her band was held to provide 100% of admission tickets to refugee families on Long Island and in New Jersey. Listen to Gaida's haunting music here.