Campaign Against Poverty
What wound is UUCA positioned to help heal in Atlanta?
In 2018 Bloomberg published an article that ranked the worst cities in the United State for income inequality. Atlanta was ranked the worst. After hearing this news and witnessing how our unjust economy is shaping the landscape of Atlanta, UUCA leaders knew where we needed to be to help make our city more equitable and just.
Promoting our UU values that call us to honor each person’s worth and dignity, and our interconnected web of all existence, we began to study how UUCA can become a leader in Atlanta to help heal the wound of poverty in our city.
Learning from the national Poor People’s Campaign, we are planning to turn our focus towards helping to heal poverty and economic inequality in Atlanta. This touches so many issues.
We hope to start a prison ministry, sending UUCA members as chaplains to address spiritual needs of people in prison, and to offer support for re-entry into their post-incarceration lives.
UUCA fosters a legacy relationship with the Hope Hill Elementary School, and we are establishing a new partnership with John Lewis Elementary School, our neighborhood school. We hope to provide students with tutoring and skills support, backpacks and other supplies they need to impact their educational success.
Immigrants are often the most vulnerable and most impoverished people in our country, and we are coalescing to deepen our impact on immigration justice in Georgia. By writing letters to our politicians, visiting people in detention, re-uniting families and supporting their ability to thrive, we can help make Atlanta a city that welcomes and supports immigrants.