Social Action

" Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."

— Hermann Goering

"Every gun that is made, every warship that is launched, every rocket fired, signifies,
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.
The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children…
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.
Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

— Former U.S. President General Dwight Eisenhower,
April 16, 1953

The newly invigorated Environment Committee is seeking members who are interested in actionable ways that we can help the environment and maintain the Web of Life for ourselves and future generations. If you are interested please contact Mary Brower 516-532-2554, Diane Hawkins or Sharon Kennelty-Cohen.

Prescription Drug Disposal: Rid your house of expired or unused prescription drugs but not by flushing them down the drain and contaminating our water sources. Check on-line for local police stations that have drug drop off boxes and what they will accept. In November, Nassau County Supervisor Ed Mangano announced the “Dispose my Meds Program” where United Water will provide King Kullen’s customers with pre-addressed, postage paid-envelopes that can be filled with expired or unwanted meds and dropped in a mailbox. 80% of our nation’s waterways tested show traces of common medications such as acetaminophen, hormones, blood pressure medicine, codeine and antibiotic. A local study on estrogenic compounds found in Jamaica Bay and their effect on the fish can be found on-line. Disposal also keeps drugs away from our youth.

Recycling grocery bags: Most people are aware that plastic grocery bags can be recycled at local grocery stores, but did you know that the SNUUC Thrift Shop can also re-use good condition plastic and paper (Trader Joe’s) bags? Give the grocery store the ripped and useless bags and bring the good ones to the Thrift Shop.

Midnight Run
Senior Youth collecting donations for their 2nd Midnight Run this year, March 27.

The Midnight Run www.midnightrun.org is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. Volunteers distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of NYC. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission. There is a variety of products needed such as soft cookies, juice boxes, bread for sandwiches and bags to pack them. Can you donate 10 travel-sized toothpaste, shampoos or soap? Toothbrushes, razors and travel-sized shaving cream are all helpful to people who live on the streets of NYC. We can also use new and gently used Large and XL sweatshirts, t-shirts, men’s sweaters, socks and clean blankets.

Donations need to be in the RE wing by March 22. All participants for midnight run must be registered by March 8 with a registration form and commitment of participation completed. See Ilene Corina for sign up. A mandatory meeting on March 22 will be held after the Covenant Feast. Participants must arrive by 4:30pm on Friday, March 27 for the Run.

National Coming Out Day
is an internationally observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters (often referred to as "allies") on October 11 every year.

Fifth Sunday Giving
On months with a fifth Sunday, the monies received during the offering can be designated for a chosen not for profit charity.

If you have a charity you would like to see receive these monies, please contact Mary Brower or Mirna Obers for an application. Ideally a representative for the charity should give a short speech prior to the collection explaining the charity. If you have any questions see Mary or Mirna, Fifth Sunday Giving Committee.

Have an idea for making SNUUC more green?
Want to help organize our congregation to obtain the Green Sanctuary rating for SNUUC? Thinking about helping an environmental group on Long Island? If you do, contact Diane Hawkins or come to monthly Environmental meeting on the last Sunday of the month (first part of Social Action meeting).

Please recycle your Order of Service and old papers around SNUUC. Look for the recycle bin in the foyer.

now offers Patient Consulting Services, which is help in preparing patients for doctor’s visits, surgery or hospitalization. A Patient Consultant will meet with you to help you prepare for these events including preparing medication lists, updating test results and medical documentation and doctors’ and healthcare providers’ contact information. Other available services include checking for expired medication, organizing a calendar for appointments, deciding healthcare proxy and family advocate and helping family members prepare to be a health advocate. While this pilot is being tested, this service will be free to the first 20 people who sign up. Receive a personal Medical Diary. See Ilene Corina for PULSE. 

Canvas Shopping Bags
available at the Social Action Table for $15. Please recycle your Order of Service and any other paper waste in the Recycling Bin in Foyer. If you are skilled at woodworking and can help us make two or three more bins, please contact Diane Hawkins.

SNUUC Resolution on Immigrant Rights
Whereas we are called as people of faith to support the human rights and dignity of all persons
Whereas the United States was founded as a nation of immigrants whose strength, vitality, and possibility offer the world a powerful example of inclusive democracy
We, the members of the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation do hereby join other faith communities and affirm and attest our support of the New Sanctuary Movement, especially its call for an immediate moratorium on all federal raids and unjust deportations that separate parents from their children and create a climate of fear and repression. Although our congregation would not be able to physically host a family seeking sanctuary, we declare ourselves in solidarity with the needs and rights of our immigrant brothers and sisters, and offer them our support.
Passed: January 25, 2009

SNUUC receives Social Action award
Description: Macintosh HD:Users:peter:Documents:webSites:SNUUC-New:public_html:images:SNUUCitation.jpgWe’re proud to announce that SNUUC received a citation from County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi at the Workplace Project’s Annual Dinner Dance on November 13. The Citation was for “dedicated and exemplary service to the community”. Social Action Committee co-chair Don Obers was there to receive the award.
This citation was based upon several events, fundraisers and letter writing campaigns that the members and Yuuth of the congregation initiated to support fair treatment for Freeport’s day laborers. This month the Yuuth are once again collecting winter coats to distribute to the day laborers. Please bring any coat donations to the Yuuth room by this Sunday, December 5.

Preventable Medication Errors
Our government has found funding for education and research for breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS, heart disease, even bike helmet safety. The funding available seems endless and sometimes even questionable. Why isn't there funding available to educate patients and family about patient safety?

To learn more on this important topic and learn what you can do to help, click here.