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"The Beloved Community: An LGBT Activist Speaks Out About the Pursuit of Social Justice in Queens and Beyond" Pauline Park
As part of our social justice outreach, this community has collected funds for Queens Pride House. The director of Pride House will join us.
Established in 1997, Queens Pride House (QPH) serves the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community of Queens County in New York City. Our mission is to create a safe and nurturing space where LGBTQ community members and their families are empowered to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, QPH seeks to increase access to LGBTQ-friendly health and social resources, heighten social awareness on social justice, build community partnerships, and advocate for more comprehensive and appropriate services. In addition to our health and social referral program, we offer a variety of services including discussion and support groups, workshops, multicultural events, trainings, a lending Library, and a media center with free Internet access. We also conduct media campaigns, research, advocacy and training on a variety of issues impacting the lives of LGBTQ Queens residents.
We have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power to stop oppression. From grassroots community organizing to interfaith state, national, and corporate advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put our faith into action.
Faith In New York
Staring May 2015 UUCQ become a member organization of Faith in New York.
Founded in 2013, Faith in New York is a new and growing interfaith, multicultural federation of over 70 congregations representing over 80,000 families in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and The Bronx. Faith in New York's mission is to develop grassroots leaders and equip congregations to move significant public policy change that supports our leaders’ vision of a more just New York with excellent public schools, violence-free neighborhoods, access to good jobs, adequate and affordable health care, decent housing for all, and a place where people of all backgrounds can fully participate in economic and civic life. Faith in New York operates in low income, working class communities that are 70% immigrant and over 85% people of color. Faith in New York is a member of the PICO National Network, the largest faith-based community organization in the country.
History & Accomplishments
Faith in New York was originally founded in 2004 as Queens Congregations United for Action (QCUA)--an interfaith, multicultural federation of 8 congregations representing over 11,400 families in northern Queens. In March 2013, QCUA's core clergy leadership voted to transition into a citywide structure that communicates a bold, prophetic vision for change across New York City (including but not limited to Queens) and allow the organization to grow relationships in the other 4 boroughs. Clergy adopted the name "Faith in New York" for this new organization. Now, Faith in New York is a growing interfaith, multicultural federation of over 70 congregations representing over 80,000 families in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Manhattan. Faith in New York's mission continues to be to develop grassroots leaders and equip congregations to move significant public policy change that supports our leaders’ vision of a more just New York with excellent public schools, violence-free neighborhoods, access to good jobs, adequate and affordable health care, decent housing for all, and a place where people of all backgrounds can fully participate in the economic and civic life. Faith in New York operates in low-income, working class communities that are 70% immigrant and over 85% people of color. We are working to make large-scale faith-based organizing a pillar of the broader social change infrastructure, as evidenced by issue campaign results, large numbers of clergy and lay leaders who are improving economic opportunities for working families, and the growth of our strategic partnerships.
Key QCUA ccomplishments include:
Creation of the $16 million (2,000 homes) Neighborhood Revitalization NYC Mold Treatment Programafter Hurricane Sandy
Securing a pledge of $1.2 million in emergency relief funds for undocumented Sandy victims from the NYC Commission on Immigrant Affairs
A commitment for 1,925 units of affordable housing at the Willets Point Redevelopment Project
$320,000 in additional funding per year for 4 years at Intermediate School 61 to support tutoring
QCUA also led a campaign to secure a Living Wage provision for the 3,000 workers of the Queens Center Mall, and helped to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act of 2011, which will require living wages for workers at city-subsidized developments
As members of the PICO National Network, QCUA worked to unify immigrant families and denounce the rising tide of unjust deportations, which helped prompt President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order in June 2012
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
We are the community outreach arm of UUCQ and it is how we put into action our UU principles. Unitarian Universalists have a long tradition of working to improve the world and advocating for human rights.
UUCQ operates a Community Kitchen on the second Saturday of the month in conjunction with the Hindu Temple. A free vegetarian lunch is served to members of our local community.
UUCQ is a member of Faith In New York (FINY), an interfaith federation of over 70 congregations working together for public policy changes to create a more just NYC. As part of their Economic Dignity Campaign, FINY and UUCQ helped to start the Flushing Rezoning Community Alliance. Our mission is to advocate for the development and preservation of affordable housing, plus improvement of the infrastructure and living conditions for the Flushing community. Our community organizing efforts include leading community meetings, holding rallies, door knocking, phone banking, running press conferences and meeting with local officials and city agencies.
UUCQ marches in the annual Queens Pride Parade in support of the LGBT community in Queens and held our first Earth Day Fair to celebrate our planet. We also sponsor a child through Save The Children.
Attend one of our monthly meetings to learn how you can get involved. For more information contact Carol McLoughlin at email@example.com.
Here find a house of welcoming, Here find vision and hope ,Here be received as you truly are Unique and beautiful ,Your journey acknowledged , Your love honored,
Let us rejoice together
Words by Unitarian Unversalist minister Rev Brugnola
Social Justice Meetings are usually held the third Sunday of each month
Community Kitchen Monthly
Free vegetarian lunch is served to the community