Social Justice Committee
The mission of the social justice committee is to act on our Unitarian Universalist values and principles, and at the core of our work is the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We organize by building relationships in our congregation and with our neighbors, and through our work with Faith in Action, we collaborate with other Kern County congregations to address issues affecting the lives of families in our communities. After many conversations, we identified several issues and developed three working committees to address them. These committees focus on immigration, restorative justice, and community building.
This committee works to educate ourselves and advocate on issues of immigration in solidarity with undocumented families and individuals. We formed Kern Welcoming and Extending Solidarity to Immigrants to end the isolation of immigrants in our community. Volunteers visit immigrants in the Mesa Verde Detention in Bakersfield and work with Faith in Action on immigration related issues on a local, state, and national level in solidarity with undocumented families.
Restorative Justice Work
Working with the Faith in Action restorative justice committee, our leaders are working to establish accountable, engaged, and collaborative relations with our local police.
We are in the process of building relationships with our neighbors by organizing house meetings to develop relationships and work on the issues important to our neighbors.