Bio of Derrick Mustelier
Derrick Mustelier is a 27-year-old Born Again UU. He is technically a 3rd generation UU but he and his mother
came to Unitarian Universalism less than two years ago--his grandfather, meanwhile, has been attending the
Miami congregation since 1948. Since becoming a member of the congregation less than two years ago, he
has served on the Search Committee which called the lovely Rev. Wendy Pantoja to the Unitarian Universalist
Congregation of Miami, he has served on the Worship Committee (and led three services in the last year),
and has even co-chaired the Social Justice Committee since last September until recently stepping down to
revitalize and co-chair the congregation's Denominational Affairs committee. He attends Florida International
University where he is majoring in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Philosophy.
Derrick’s liaison congregations are:
Plantation (River of Grass)
Glenn is liaison to the following congregations:
North Palm Beach
Steering Committee Member
Vero Beach, FL
UULMF bio—Glenn Rogers 12/5/11
Glenn, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and later studied social work at William and Mary College where he earned a Master of Science degree.
A relative newcomer to Unitarian-Universalism, his first exposure came with retirement in Venice, FL. Later, with a move to North Carolina, Glenn became a member of the UU Church in Brevard, N.C. There he served on the social justice committee and facilitated the study/action program on Peace Building.
Later, Glenn and his wife returned from North Carolina to Vero Beach, Florida where they joined the UU Fellowship of Vero Beach. Glenn is co-chair of the Social Justice Committee and the UU Service Committee. He organized a recent Immigration as a Moral Issue UUA study/action course at UUFVB. Glenn works on the film series which brings current social issues into the awareness of the congregation.
Advocacy for peace, letters to the editor, chorus, cooking for the homeless, facilitating film festivals, petitions and news releases are part of his “life in retirement”.
Barbara is liaison to the following congregations:
Steering Committee Member
UULMF Bio—Barbara Sterling 11-2-11
1933-Born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. Attended Punahou School from Kindergarten until my family moved to the States when I was in High School. Earned a B.S. at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and an MPA (Public Administration) at American University, Washington, D.C. Taught in the public schools of Fairfax, VA, and Montgomery County, MD, until I retired in 1993.
My interests have always centered around archaeology and I was thrilled by my Earthwatch Expeditions to the Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Utah, to Atiu, Cook Islands, to the Yorkshire area, England, and more. Another major interest of mine was the functioning of government and citizen advocacy. 1972-Joined the LWV (League of Women Voters). 1978-Was a member of the Mayor's Energy Task Force in Rockville, MD. 1987-89-Chaired the Energy Conservation Advisory Committee for the Executive of Montgomery County, MD. 2001-2002-Organized the Supervisor of Election's petition drive to put a change of City election dates on the Tallahassee ballot. We won 89'% of the vote in 2002 and City elections were moved from January-February to the state and national dates in September and November.
1980-1993-As a volunteer I worked in my Presbyterian Church's Homeless Women's Shelter during the cold months we were open. I was an overnight attendant once a week. In 1995 I moved to Tallahassee and volunteered at the Nature Conservancy, The Brogan Museum of Art and Science, LeMoyne Gallery, Maclay State Gardens, and at the Unitarian Church after I "found" them in 1996. And I still volunteer in those places and at the League of Women Voters in Tallahassee.
A few months ago, I sold my home in Tallahassee and moved into Westminster Oaks Retirement community. I look forward to my new volunteer efforts with UULMF.
Orlando to Daytona Map:
Ft. Walton Beach Office
348 S.W. Miracle Strip Parkway, Suite 24
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 13
Pensacola, Florida 32503
The work of this committee has expanded from its original focus to include media reform, in addition to campaign finance reform and election reform, in support of the UULMF core issue, Renewing American Democracy. It is clear that all three areas of election reform, campaign finance reform and media reform must be addressed for democracy in this country to survive.
People around the country are mobilizing to oppose the Citizens United decision and educate the public about the dangers of this unprecedented ruling.
The organization Movetoamend.org is working toward a constitutional amendment to say that corporations are not persons and money is not speech. UULMF has endorsed this effort and encouraged UU congregations in Florida to host events on the eight-day Florida speaking tour on Move to Amend by David Cobb, 2004 Presidential candidate of the Green Party, in September, 2010.
The organization Freespeechforpeople.org is backing a Resolution by Representative Donna Edwards of Maryland to amend the Constitution to undo the Supreme Court decision and allow Congress and the states to regulate the expenditure of funds by corporations for political speech.
Here is a quotation from Rep. Edwards, followed by a comment from Chairman Conyers:
"The ruling reached by the Roberts' Court overturned decades of legal precedent by allowing corporations unfettered spending in our political campaigns," said Congresswoman Edwards. "Another law will not rectify this disastrous decision. A Constitutional Amendment is necessary to undo what this Court has done. Justice Brandeis got it right: 'We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.' It is time we remove corporate influence from our policies and our politics. We cannot allow corporations to dominate our elections, to do so would be both undemocratic and unfair to ordinary citizens."
"The Supreme Court's idea that corporate political speech is no different than an individual citizen's political speech was not the law when the Constitution was written, was not the law before the Supreme Court's decision two weeks ago, and should not be the law in the future. I look forward to working further with Ms. Edwards and my other colleagues to use every tool at our disposal to make sure that elected representatives are accountable to voters, not corporations," said Chairman Conyers.
Two bills in Congress would provide needed campaign finance reform:
1) The DISCLOSE Act, which almost passed in the 111th congress last year and has been newly introduced in the 112th Congress as The Political Reform and Gridlock Elimination Act, s9 (see thomas.loc.gov). Under the DISCLOSE Act, " corporate CEOs, Wall Street bankers, union leaders and others with political agendas would no longer be able to hide behind a cloak of secrecy. In last year's election, Karl Rove's American Crossroads GPS group alone raised $71 million to spend on negative ads targeting candidates. Only half of that money came from reported sources because there is not yet a law on the books requiring such political groups to disclose who funds them." (Common Cause).
2) FENA, the Fair Elections Now Act, which needs to be reintroduced in the 112th Congress, would help level the playing field for candidates for Congress by allowing them to run competitive races sustained by small campaign donations and public funding. "It's the only way to ensure that once candidates are elected they are beholden to their constituents instead of free-spending corporations and lobbyists" (Common Cause). The Fair Elections Now Coalition includes Brave New Films, The Brennan Center for Justice, Change Congress, Common Cause, Democracy Matters, Public Campaign, Public Citizen, and U.S. PIRG. See www.publicampaign.org for more information on how fair elections work.
You can support both bills by contacting your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator. Find them by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
To find email addresses and fax numbers for your members of Congress: www.commoncause.org/FindElectedOfficials.
(This is highlighted in discussions during the statewide 2011 Florida Media Reform Tour of Sue Wilson and Broadcast Blues -- www.suewilsonreports.com)
Here is a timely report and action alert of February 18, 2011 on the Fairness Doctrine and Net Neutrality from new Advocacy Committee member Nelson Hay:
Current developments in the U.S. House threaten to put a silver stake through the heart of actual fair and balanced media coverage, and deserve our immediate attention. Key to these efforts are legislative steps to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from enforcing The Fairness Doctrine and Net Neutrality.
Abolition of the Fairness Doctrine under the Reagan Administration in 1987 launched conservative talk radio, and led to the one-dimensional cable channels we have today. The doctrine didn't mandate equal time for opposing views, but simply required that contrasting viewpoints be presented somehow. Without the Fairness Doctrine we have large segments of the population that are ignorant of half the facts.
Related to the Fairness Doctrine is the FCC's concept of Net Neutrality. While Net Neutrality is a complicated subject, involving such questions as pricing for large volume versus small volume internet users, the key political point is that it would prohibit broadband internet service providers from blocking communications based upon political or other content.
On February 10th Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced H.R. 642, the "Broadcaster Freedom Act" to prohibit the FCC from re-promulgating the Fairness Doctrine. The bill already has 110 co-sponsors. Frustratingly, FCC Chairman Julius Genawchowski pledged in his mid-2009 confirmation hearing not to reinstate the doctrine, and neither the other four FCC commissioners nor President Obama have taken any steps to promote reinstatement of the doctrine.
H.R. 642 is now before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) (202-225-3761) and vice-chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) (202-225-3976). Please contact Reps. Upton and Waxman, and the FCC Commissioners, and tell them you oppose H.R. 642 and support reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine:
On February 17th, the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a major corporate goal when it passed the "FCC Net Neutrality Amendment" (Amendment no. 404). Sponsored by Cliff Stearns R-FL and Greg Walden R-OR, this amendment to the Continuing Resolution to fund U.S. Government operations beginning March 4th would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from using current year U.S. Government funds to implement Net Neutrality rules.
Congressman Stearns, the co-sponsor, represents Florida's 6th Congressional District, stretching from Jacksonville to Gainesville and south down the middle of the state. In a victory press release Congressman Stearns said, "...Congress must stop the FCC. This amendment will do that and prevent any money from being spent to implement regulation of the Internet." Rep. Stearns' telephone number is 202-225-5744.
Next stop for the Continuing Resolution is the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) (202-224-3934) and vice-chaired by Senator Chad Cochran (R-MS) (202-224-5054). We must prevent a similar amendment from emerging from the Senate. Please phone Senator Inouye's and Senator Cochran's offices, and tell them you oppose the House "FCC Net Neutrality Amendment" to the Continuing Resolution and that you support Net Neutrality.
Of course, also contact your Senators and Representative.
Thanks for your efforts.
Election and Redistricting Reform
The Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections' effort to have meaningful audits of voting machine counts compared to paper ballot counts of votes, was upheld by the Florida Supreme Court February 11, 2010 after three and one-half years of litigation, only to be quashed by the Florida legislature in the last two days of the legislative session in April, 2010, when they passed a sweeping elections bill giving themselves all power over elections. Other Florida election integrity groups such as the Florida Voters Coalition are continuing the battle for meaningful audits, but are up against an even stronger Republican majority in both houses of the legislature that opposes verified elections. In addition, the same Florida Secretary of State (Kurt Browning) who sued to defeat the Sarasota County proposal, and a long time champion of paperless electronic voting, with no way to verify the vote, is now back as Secretary of State.
The one bright spot in Florida's November, 2010 elections was passage of Amendments 5 and 6 to the Florida Constitution. These two amendments institute redistricting reform for the drawing of state and federal districts to end gerrymandering in Florida. They define standards for drawing district boundaries which include requiring compact districts and following local geographic boundaries wherever possible. The challenge now is to ensure accurate implementation of these amendments. The state legislature is already trying to undermine their effectiveness. Stay tuned for alerts from FairDistrictsNow. We will keep UU Presidents, Ministers, and Social Justice Chairs informed as well as everyone who has signed up on the UU Social Justice email list.
UULMF is sponsoring an important media reform tour March 25-April 5, 2011. It is a series of documentary and discussion nights at UU congregations around the state to screen the documentary Broadcast Blues, with the Emmy-award winning filmmaker Sue Wilson (www.suewilsonreports.com) leading the discussion afterwards.
Sponsored by the UU Legislative Ministry of Florida, the 2011 Florida Media Reform Tour from March 25th-April 5th will include UU congregations in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Gainesville, Tampa, Venice, and Ft. Myers. Broadcast Blues shows how the consolidation of the media into corporate hands is jeopardizing our news, information, and even public safety. Broadcast Blues reminds us that the airwaves belong to We the People, and we can-and must-Take our Media back!
For details, see the press release in our News section of this website.
This is a statewide effort to expose the problems of media in this country. It is hoped that UU legislative ministries in other states may want to sponsor such a tour with filmmaker Sue Wilson and the documentary to bring attention to the problem nationwide, and advance discussions of how individuals may address this and other concerns going forward.
The UULMF Advocacy Committee on Healthcare Reform under the leadership of Kindra Muntz offers factual, "spin-free" information on healthcare reform. Kindra encourages all Florida UUs to call their friends and members of Congress to support reform legislation.
MEET LARRY STAUBER
He currently serves on several church committees including Social Justice.
In addition to her work on this committee, Kindra also heads the UULMF Advocacy Committee on Redistricting and Election Reform which you can visit by clicking this link.
Working for voting rights and verified elections since 2004, Kindra realizes the strong connection among...
"No wonder members of Congress have difficulty passing legislation to benefit the American people rather than the large donors like pharmaceutical companies and health insurance giants whose massive contributions help keep them in office," Kindra observes.
According to Kindra, the current "Bermuda Triangle of politics" is the need for...
Click this link to see the Fair Elections Now video www.fairelectionsnow.org and learn for yourself how these issues are entwined.
While two bills in Congress address verified elections and campaign finance reform (the Holt Bill, HR2894 and the Fair Elections Now Act (FENA), HR1826), a strong health insurance reform bill that will benefit all Americans is still needed. Kindra helped draft an AIW at the UUA General Assembly this year that was passed in support of the HR 2894 and HR1826, and she is working with health reform advocates around the country to separate truth from fiction on health insurance reform bills now before Congress. HR 3200 is the "public option bill." HR676 is the "single-payer bill." You can see the text of these and other bills currently under Congress' consideration at http://thomas.loc.gov
Kindra warns that all health insurance reform bills need more cosponsors in Congress--ideally bipartisan--to pass. She urges, "Please call your members of Congress now to express your preferences. When you call, tell them you're a Unitarian Universalist and that you, the UULMF, and the UUA support a strong public option to ensure competition to drive down healthcare costs and keep the insurance companies honest!"
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
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.
Have a look at our various
Special Projects. From time to time, the Steering Committee will pursue special initiatives outside the scope of our two major issues, Homelessness and Climate Change. For example, UULMF supported organized opposition to the "Marriage Protection Amendment" to the Florida State Constitution that appeared on statewide ballots in the November 2008 general election. We aligned with Florida Red and Blue and other organizations to help fight that amendment. Volunteers at the UU congregation level are especially important in efforts like this which may arise whenever there is a need.
The UULMF is a justice ministry that empowers the voice of Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena throughout Florida.