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by Susan Fleming
VP for Social Justice
safleming02@msn.com

Update as of Friday, October 19, 2018

Our Social Justice Committee meeting will be in Room K on Tuesday November 13th at 6:00 pm. Feel free to join us.

Get Out the Vote / Pass Amendment 4

Getting close to Election Day! On October 27th, we will again host a Second Chances phone banking effort in the sanctuary from 1:00 -4:00 pm to remind folks of the importance of passing Amendment 4, to restore the opportunity for voting for felons that have finished their sentences.   Are you interested in participating? It’s easy but takes both a cell phone and computer (laptop or tablet) to join in the effort. If you want to hear more, ask Susan Fleming — Cell/text (203) 722-6501 for information.  To sign up follow the instructions partnering with, Second Chances, and come to the sanctuary to join in.

For your interest look at the additional inspiration for this effort by the national Unitarian Universalist Association.

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/277189-susan-fredrick-gray-our-opportunity-to-support-floridas-modern-day-suffragists?fbclid=IwAR3apByTF0dgtVsBkwbjIo6VrtrX7DmIOgJoCMFwaes-98q_JZ5iQpV3AuA  

Article from October 7, 2018 issue of The Meridian

This month our Social Justice Committee meeting will be in Room L on Thursday October 18th at 6:30, a change due to date conflicts. Feel free to join us.

Get Out the Vote / Pass Amendment 4
Last month, a group of members wrote out 250 postcards that were furnished by the organization we are partnering with, Second Chances, to pass Amendment 4. These postcards were sent to people who had previously signed a petition to support a ballot initiative to restore felons’ voting rights, but whose petitions were not counted due to errors in their voting registration status. The postcards, which were addressed and personalized by our members, alerted the recipient that they should check into their voter registration. Over 30,000 citizens fell into that problematic category statewide. Thank you to the group that participated helping others to have their votes counted.

Social Justice postcards get out the vote
Also last month, the church hosted a Second Chances phone bank effort on September 22nd. Ten people participated, reaching many folks that had previously signed petitions to alert them that ballot initiative Amendment 4 should get a “Yes” vote. If it gets 60% affirmative vote, most felons that have finished their full sentence including probation will be eligible again to vote. Florida is one of only four states that does not allow these citizens to again vote. The group of callers were both members and others outside the church and felt accomplished and gratified at their effort.

Second Chances Phone Banking

This month, closer to Election Day on October 27th, we will again host a Second Chances phone banking effort in the sanctuary from 1-4pm to remind folks of the Amendment. Are you interested in participating? It’s easy but takes both a cell phone and computer (laptop or tablet) to join in the effort. If you want to hear more, ask Susan Fleming — Cell/text (203) 722-6501 for information.

Longest Table – October 14th
Have you participated in a town wide Longest Table event? There is another one coming up and consider going. It is always an amazing experience. Here’s the link for more information. http://www.longesttable.com

Manna on Meridian
Thank you for responding to the request for cereal this month. In addition, we are getting more involved in the distribution process at Faith Presbyterian Church monthly. For more information on how you might help, contact Carolyn Pardue — Call/text (850) 443-7807.

Manna on Meridian bags