Advocacy Committees Pursue Specific UULMF Initiatives
When the UULMF Steering Committee decides to undertake a social justice project, an Advocacy Committee is appointed to handle the effort on a turnkey basis. An Advocacy Committee may be a "committee of one" or a group of several volunteers. Every Advocacy Committee has well defined objectives to guide its work. In addition, each Advocacy Committee reports to a member of the UULMF Steering Committee who supports the Advocacy Committee and is responsible for its activities and outcomes.
Bring Us Your Ideas...or We Might Even Approach You with Ours
There are two ways Advocacy Committees originate: 1) when the UULMF Steering Committee identifies an issue and decides it needs high-level attention by a dedicated, sharply focused task force; or, 2) when people approach UULMF with a project or advocacy idea which the Steering Committee decides merits UULMF's support.
Whenever you have an idea for action that involves social justice and the Florida Legislature, we want to hear from you. UULMF's core issues include homelessness, climate change, and marriage equality, but yours can address a broader spectrum.
We'll listen, and if your idea fits with our Mission and objectives, we'll create an Advocacy Committee with you in charge. Your assigned Steering Committee liaison will work with you and your group to get you started and help keep you on track, and before you know it you'll be on your way to more effective social action under the UULMF umbrella!
These Are Advocacy Committees of UULMF, Past and Present
- Legislative Day. This annual event in Tallahassee just before the opening of the legislative session introduces UUs to the their lawmakers, the State Capitol, and Florida's legislative process. Steering Committee member Dr. Steve Segner spearheads this activity. Please get in touch with Steve if you're interested in working on next spring's Legislative Day Advocacy Committee.
- Special Advocacy Committee on Redistricting and Election Reform. Kindra Muntz approached UULMF in the spring of 2009 with the suggestion that this statewide social action group, already formed by Kindra independently in partnership with Fred Markham, Clean Elections Coordinator of the Space Coast Progressive Alliance and Rev. Gregory Wilson of the UU Church of Brevard, would be most effective doing its work under the auspices of UULMF. The Steering Committee concurred and the Special Advocacy Committee on Redistricting and Election Reform is now part of UULMF, with Kindra as chair and Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon, Ph.D., serving as their Steering Committee liaison.
Special Advocacy Committee on Healthcare Reform. Kindra Muntz, through her work on fair elections, came to realize what she calls "the Bermuda Triangle of politics" today includes the need for health insurance reform, verified elections, and campaign finance reform. She has teamed with Larry Stauber to create this UULMF Advocacy Committee. Visit Kindra's committee page by clicking here.