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“You can pretend to care, but you can’t pretend to show up.” 

- Rev. William J. Barber II of Moral Mondays and North Carolina NAACP,
at 2016 General Assembly



July MUUSAN Network UPDATE

from Saturday, July 9 meeting at UU Community Church of Augusta 
 

 
 

Great to gather again! — 19 UUs from 13 congregations attended.

Catching up:  We shared highlights of 2016 General Assembly in Columbus, where several of us had participated in the Public Witness (“State of Emergence:  Faith Filled People Rally for Racial Justice,” with Rev. Barber and others) and many services and workshops.  Together we added stories from PRIDE Portland, where Maine UUs gathered our largest marching group ever (estimates ranged from 75-100 from about a dozen congregations).  Thank you for showing up!
 
Good news:  MUUSAN was awarded a $5,000 Challenge Grant from the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program, to be received when we have matched the $5,000 from donors.
 
Ranked Choice Voting – Yes on 5:  Campaign staff reviewed how ranked choice voting works, why it promotes voter participation and healthy democracy, the current status of the campaign and how we can help.   Our own issue group leaders Melanie Lanctot and Mary Ann Larson reminded us of effective practices:  making the most of small capacity by hooking up with good partners, knowing the opposition, knowing our facts, reaching out personally, building relationships, hosting forums and generating Letters to the Editor.
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Welcome, new Issue Group co-chairs Pam Gross and Rosemary Winslow for Health Care and Karen Kusiak for Democracy in Action!
 
MUUSAN priorities this fall:  A ranked-choice voting exercise to determine the level of support among ourselves for MUUSAN’s priorities on four Nov. ballot initiatives had these results:  Ranked Choice Voting (Question 5) finished with the strongest support.  Sharing second place, there was strong and equal support for minimum wage question and the background check/gun control question.
 
Looking ahead:  We hope for a MUUSAN Day this fall in which all Maine UU congregations would host an educational table on Ranked Choice Voting, about two weeks before the election.  Also under consideration: creation of an Action Council, in which congregational liaisons would be more closely linked to MUUSAN and each other.
 
Next MUUSAN Network meeting:  Sat., September 10,
10:00-12:00 (second Saturday, every other month),
UU Community Church of Augusta. 
 




MUUSAN at the COMMON GROUND FAIR!
 
Great news! MUUSAN was selected to be at the Common Ground Fair in one of the Social Political Action tents. Openings are rare. We are so lucky to have this opportunity to share with thousands of people the message of our UU faith in action/legislative ministry.

We have a few volunteer spots open to help us table on Friday, Saturday, Sunday September 23-25. Shifts of 2-4 hours available or stay all day.

If you want to help, contact Lynn Ellis who is organizing this event for us. You can contact her at lynnsellis@yahoo.com. Volunteer spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We look forward to sharing this experience with you!

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WELCOME to all our MUUSAN newcomers!

 

  

MUUSAN has been rapidly expanding our mailing list to Maine Unitarian Universalists and others who share our values in the public arena.  We hope you will enjoy all the opportunities that our newsletter, website and active Facebook Page provide for social justice actions in Maine, especially on our three primary issues:  1)  democracy in action, 2) health care for all, and 3) climate change.

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