Profile of a UU Social Justice Leader
What is at the heart of your social justice passion?
My spiritual upbringing in the Jewish faith taught me that each day we should strive to make the world a better place for all peoples. I work to make the world more just and fair for everyone. When I was in law school, I knew I wanted to practice public interest law. I’ve been fortunate to be able to do so for nearly all my legal career. At SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, we work to get laws and policies changed, and I am drawn to this systemic change endeavor.
What excites you about the new SC UU Justice Alliance?
There’s a great deal of overlap in how we approach issues of injustice. It’s imperative that we listen to and act from the voices of those most impacted by injustice. Our organization has often partnered with the UU Congregation of Columbia, and we are excited to be able to partner with UU’s across the state. There are so many issues to work on including fair housing, health care, reforming payday loans, immigration, and criminal justice reform. We are fighting for the equity and inclusion sorely missing in our state. See www.scjustice.org for ways to sign up and take action.
Since systemic change is often slow, when an opportunity arises to create change we need to seize it immediately. As SCUUJA grows, UU’s will be able to engage in rapid response when an issue arises in the state legislature or a policy proposal needs immediate input.