1 00:00:03,051 --> 00:00:07,558 The Unitarian Universalist service Committee or UUSC 2 00:00:07,559 --> 00:00:14,550 advances human rights mu grassroots collaboration. In 3 00:00:14,551 --> 00:00:19,814 more than a countries around the world UUSC Fosters social 4 00:00:19,815 --> 00:00:23,046 justice and works toward a world fee from oppression. Their 5 00:00:23,047 --> 00:00:25,050 innovative approach and measurable impact-in promoting 6 00:00:25,051 --> 00:00:28,557 economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and 7 00:00:28,558 --> 00:00:33,044 protecting rights at risk-are grounded in the belief that all 8 00:00:33,045 --> 00:00:35,045 people have inherent power, 9 00:00:36,805 --> 00:00:38,805 dignity, and rights. Join me in 10 00:00:39,810 --> 00:00:41,312 welcoming Tom Andrews, president and chief executive 11 00:00:41,313 --> 00:00:48,549 officer of UUSC.[Applause] 12 00:00:52,557 --> 00:00:54,557 >> 13 00:00:59,307 --> 00:01:04,309 Wow. Rise up. If there was ever a time for Unitarian 14 00:01:08,544 --> 00:01:10,544 Universalists to unite and act 15 00:01:12,553 --> 00:01:14,553 on behalf of principles and values that are fully under 16 00:01:17,310 --> 00:01:21,795 siege, it is now! Good morning. It is an honor to join 17 00:01:21,796 --> 00:01:26,307 you on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. 18 00:01:26,308 --> 00:01:30,065 What I am about to say may come off to some of you as 19 00:01:30,066 --> 00:01:36,048 politically partisan. It is not meant to be - UUSC is a 20 00:01:36,049 --> 00:01:38,049 strictly non-partisan organization. 21 00:01:42,308 --> 00:01:45,302 and to be completely transparent, like Will Rogers, I 22 00:01:45,800 --> 00:01:53,066 personally belong to no organized political party. I'm 23 00:01:53,067 --> 00:01:55,571 a Democrat. [Laughter] 24 00:01:58,553 --> 00:02:00,306 But while UUSC does not take sides in elections, we do take 25 00:02:00,307 --> 00:02:02,307 sides when 26 00:02:03,812 --> 00:02:05,816 our values are undermined and innocent men, women, and 27 00:02:11,552 --> 00:02:15,058 children are put at risk. [Applause] 28 00:02:15,308 --> 00:02:22,051 Now, I think it is fair to say that we are all deeply concerned 29 00:02:22,052 --> 00:02:24,052 about developments in Washington DC 30 00:02:26,059 --> 00:02:32,297 and in many state capitols across the U.S., and for good 31 00:02:32,298 --> 00:02:35,802 reason. What we care about is deeply endangered when political 32 00:02:37,805 --> 00:02:42,814 leaders, starting in the white house, alert that global warming 33 00:02:45,550 --> 00:02:49,056 is a hoax, that tens of millions of Americans should no 34 00:02:49,057 --> 00:02:55,818 longer have health insurance, that undocumented immigrants are 35 00:02:56,068 --> 00:03:02,058 criminals and terrorists who should be deported immediately 36 00:03:02,059 --> 00:03:07,065 while those of the Muslim faith should not be aloud into our 37 00:03:07,066 --> 00:03:16,812 country at all all. And that the LGBTQ I community should be 38 00:03:16,813 --> 00:03:21,298 demonizeed and stigmatizeed for asserting their humanity, while 39 00:03:21,299 --> 00:03:27,307 being denied equal protection under the law. When xenophobia, 40 00:03:27,308 --> 00:03:29,308 misogyny, racism, 41 00:03:32,068 --> 00:03:34,068 and attacks on people with 42 00:03:35,305 --> 00:03:37,305 disabilities are not only ok, 43 00:03:39,564 --> 00:03:41,564 but useful political weapons. 44 00:03:43,571 --> 00:03:45,571 My message to you this morning 45 00:03:47,053 --> 00:03:52,063 is straightforward: I cannot think of a time when the 46 00:03:52,064 --> 00:03:54,064 principles and values of Unitarian Universalism have been 47 00:03:56,798 --> 00:03:58,798 more important nor when it has 48 00:04:00,807 --> 00:04:04,563 been more necessary to trans form them into vigorous and 49 00:04:04,564 --> 00:04:06,564 sustained action. [Applause] 50 00:04:11,554 --> 00:04:17,065 from our founding in 1940, UUSC has sought to speak truth to 51 00:04:17,066 --> 00:04:19,066 power through words and, most 52 00:04:24,306 --> 00:04:26,559 importantly-action. We unite and act with and for people 53 00:04:26,560 --> 00:04:30,566 facing horrific conditions and brutality not because of 54 00:04:30,567 --> 00:04:32,567 anything that they have done, 55 00:04:35,556 --> 00:04:37,056 but because of who they are. We unite and act with and for 56 00:04:37,057 --> 00:04:39,812 those who are the most marginalized, 57 00:04:43,568 --> 00:04:48,055 the most threatened, and the most forgotten. And our 58 00:04:48,056 --> 00:04:54,567 approach at UUSC turns out to be revolutionary. Instead of 59 00:04:54,568 --> 00:05:00,055 descending from our on high with prepackaged solutions to a 60 00:05:00,056 --> 00:05:07,065 crisis, we ask communities in crisis what they think and what 61 00:05:07,066 --> 00:05:12,803 they believe it most needed. And then we become their 62 00:05:12,804 --> 00:05:17,314 partners in addressing not only the immediate crisis but the 63 00:05:17,315 --> 00:05:19,571 source of that crisis. [Applause] 64 00:05:29,064 --> 00:05:31,064 Now, The toxic use of fear and xenophobia are by no means 65 00:05:33,800 --> 00:05:38,056 limited to the United States. At UUSC, we are working with 66 00:05:38,057 --> 00:05:41,060 communities under siege all around the world. Among them, 67 00:05:41,061 --> 00:05:43,061 the Rohingya ethnic Muslim 68 00:05:46,552 --> 00:05:54,565 minority of Burma. More than 1 million people have been 69 00:05:54,566 --> 00:05:57,299 stripped of their citizenship, forced into heavily guarded 70 00:05:57,300 --> 00:05:59,300 villages or imprisoned 71 00:06:03,309 --> 00:06:06,565 in squalid isolation camps. camps.this is not exaggeration. 72 00:06:06,566 --> 00:06:09,549 I have seen the building blocks of genocide in Burma with my 73 00:06:09,550 --> 00:06:15,811 own eyes. How has UUSC responded? By partnering with 74 00:06:15,812 --> 00:06:17,812 local Rohingya organizations and human 75 00:06:21,549 --> 00:06:23,801 rights advocates. By building bi-partisan support among 76 00:06:23,802 --> 00:06:25,802 Members of Congress through public hearings and 77 00:06:30,314 --> 00:06:34,050 one-on-one appeals; And By mobilizing thousands of you-our 78 00:06:34,051 --> 00:06:38,058 members and friends-to call on the administration and Congress 79 00:06:38,059 --> 00:06:40,059 to support a UN 80 00:06:42,817 --> 00:06:45,548 -- what our partners were telling us was correct I Cal, 81 00:06:45,549 --> 00:06:48,303 support for a UN resolution authorizing an international 82 00:06:48,304 --> 00:06:51,059 investigation of the systematic, brutal attacks by military 83 00:06:51,060 --> 00:06:53,315 forces against innocent Rohingya villages. 84 00:06:58,300 --> 00:07:00,300 What happened? Despite a State 85 00:07:01,303 --> 00:07:05,810 Department in chaos and an administration not known for 86 00:07:05,811 --> 00:07:07,811 defending human rights, the US 87 00:07:10,553 --> 00:07:12,553 not only supported the UN 88 00:07:14,311 --> 00:07:16,311 resolution, it became a 89 00:07:18,066 --> 00:07:21,048 cosponsor! The resolution passed and an international 90 00:07:21,049 --> 00:07:23,049 investigation is 91 00:07:25,557 --> 00:07:28,061 moving forward in Burma. [Applause] 92 00:07:32,298 --> 00:07:36,555 In other words, by engaging the power of deep listening, 93 00:07:36,556 --> 00:07:41,565 grassroots partnerships, strategic advocacy, and your 94 00:07:41,566 --> 00:07:43,566 active support virtually 95 00:07:52,816 --> 00:07:54,816 anything is possible! 96 00:07:59,304 --> 00:08:01,559 possible!a with this with and fors those who are the greatest 97 00:08:01,560 --> 00:08:05,317 victims six environmental injustice, through die nap I can 98 00:08:05,567 --> 00:08:09,306 working partnerships, UUSC is partnering with 99 00:08:13,564 --> 00:08:16,322 Indigenous communities in Alaska and the South Pacific who 100 00:08:16,323 --> 00:08:18,323 are losing everything to rising sea levels. 101 00:08:22,310 --> 00:08:24,563 It is an unacceptable truth that those who have had the 102 00:08:24,564 --> 00:08:29,572 least to do with the devastating effects of climate change are 103 00:08:29,573 --> 00:08:32,557 those who are suffering the most from its 104 00:08:39,317 --> 00:08:43,572 consequences. consequences.that is an unacceptable truth. 105 00:08:44,557 --> 00:08:47,313 [Applause] Our values call us to unite and 106 00:08:48,565 --> 00:08:51,573 act with and for those who are working for economic justice. 107 00:08:51,574 --> 00:08:55,081 Why we believe that a living wage is not only a key 108 00:08:55,082 --> 00:08:57,082 ingredient to a strong economy, 109 00:09:02,318 --> 00:09:04,318 but a moral imperative. And our values demand that we speak 110 00:09:15,066 --> 00:09:16,318 truth to power. The world does not need more walls to divide us 111 00:09:16,319 --> 00:09:18,319 but bridges 112 00:09:21,556 --> 00:09:25,563 that connect us. us.And that's what the UU SC is all about. 113 00:09:25,814 --> 00:09:29,571 [Applause] It is why we are working with 114 00:09:29,572 --> 00:09:31,572 the UUA to build a wide, inclusive, community of 115 00:09:37,813 --> 00:09:39,816 justice-seekers and action-takers through "Love 116 00:09:39,817 --> 00:09:41,068 Resists", a campaign that unites and acts with and for those 117 00:09:41,069 --> 00:09:44,075 most at risk from the politics of xenophobia, bigotry and fear. 118 00:09:46,813 --> 00:09:50,570 And if you have not already signed up, we encourage you you 119 00:09:50,571 --> 00:09:54,579 to come to our booth in the exhibition hall and do so. 120 00:09:54,829 --> 00:09:59,564 Finally, last but not least, last but not least, our values 121 00:09:59,565 --> 00:10:07,580 call us to recognize, support, and celebrate one another. We 122 00:10:07,581 --> 00:10:11,815 will do so tonight at the UUSC gala where we will honor the 123 00:10:11,816 --> 00:10:13,816 work of 124 00:10:15,072 --> 00:10:17,072 Linda Sarsour, National Co-Chair 125 00:10:19,578 --> 00:10:24,818 of the Women's March on Washington, where 2. 2.6 million 126 00:10:24,819 --> 00:10:27,572 people marked in 673 communities in all 50 states and 127 00:10:28,073 --> 00:10:29,824 32 countries around the world. 128 00:10:29,825 --> 00:10:31,825 [Applause] 129 00:10:38,319 --> 00:10:39,321 I invite you to join us tonight and then join us tomorrow on 130 00:10:39,322 --> 00:10:41,322 our 131 00:10:42,327 --> 00:10:44,561 journey to transform the values we share into robust and 132 00:10:47,565 --> 00:10:49,565 sustained action. Growing 133 00:10:53,077 --> 00:10:55,077 Up I was inspired - and drawn to 134 00:10:56,811 --> 00:10:58,811 the idea of social and political 135 00:10:59,816 --> 00:11:03,822 action - by the late Bobby Kennedy. He spoke these words 136 00:11:03,823 --> 00:11:05,823 (that I have paraphrased 137 00:11:08,082 --> 00:11:09,561 slightly) to a group of students in Cape Town during the 138 00:11:09,562 --> 00:11:11,562 dark 139 00:11:12,565 --> 00:11:14,565 days of Apartheid South Africa: 140 00:11:17,323 --> 00:11:19,323 "It is from numberless diverse 141 00:11:21,311 --> 00:11:23,311 acts of courage and belief that 142 00:11:26,068 --> 00:11:28,068 human history is shaped. Each 143 00:11:29,823 --> 00:11:31,823 time a man (or a woman): 144 00:11:33,062 --> 00:11:35,062 stands up for an ideal; or acts 145 00:11:37,069 --> 00:11:39,069 to improve the lot of others; or 146 00:11:40,824 --> 00:11:42,824 strikes out against injustice, 147 00:00:58,000 --> 00:01:00,000 change our society's culture towards ageing. Pat's current 148 00:11:44,312 --> 00:11:46,312 He (or she) sends forth a tiny 149 00:11:50,571 --> 00:11:53,575 ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million 150 00:11:53,576 --> 00:11:55,830 different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a 151 00:00:58,000 --> 00:01:00,000 change our society's culture towards ageing. Pat's current 152 00:12:00,317 --> 00:12:01,317 current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of 153 00:12:01,318 --> 00:12:03,318 oppression 154 00:12:10,565 --> 00:12:12,565 and resistance." 155 00:00:58,000 --> 00:01:00,000 change our society's culture towards ageing. Pat's current 156 00:12:15,823 --> 00:12:19,580 resistance."I invite you to become a part of our UU SC 157 00:12:19,581 --> 00:12:22,065 community, to promote and defendant principles that are 158 00:12:22,066 --> 00:12:29,830 truly under siege here and abroad. But as we do so, let's