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Living Our Faith: writing legislators

letter writingDuring Social Hour this coming Sunday, October 25 we will have our monthly session when we can write to our  legislators about a particular bill or bills. Please look for the letter-writing table under the Faith in Action bulletin board. Legislators frequently state that the single most important inputs they get that influence their decisions are letters and emails from their constituents.
Letters have been prepared and are awaiting your signatures, and the envelopes will be ready for you to address.

This month our focus is the reform of the criminal justice system, a package of bills being actively considered this year that will make punishments more thoughtfully fit the crime and end the mass incarceration and loss of other rights for those convicted on non-violent, low economic impact crimes. The bills are those for which UUMassAction, the League of Women Voters, several individual congregations (including Arlington, MA) and other organizations are advocating. All are related making our criminal justice system fairer and ending the mass incarceration (primarily of minority citizens) and other injustices due to non-violent offenses. The UUMassAction website, http://www.uumassaction.org/campaigns/prison-justice/, has very good information on this topic and links to other sites.

The bills we will be requesting support for are: S786/H1620, S802/H1584, H3039 (senate bill already passed!), S810/H1248 and some others.

For more information or to receive an electronic copy of the draft letter, in case you won’t make it to church on the 24th, contact Carolyn Lee ()

These sessions are being arranged because responses to our Living Our Faith Survey showed that many of us want to be more active legislatively. If you have bills that you think should be the subject of future letter-writing sessions, and are willing to prepare the needed information,  please contact Judy Deutsch.