Six of the ten Actions of Immediate Witness proposed by delegates were added to the agenda this morning by the Commission on Social Witness. Charlie Clements, the president of the UU Service Committee, complained in his plenary report that a resolution sponsored by the UUSC was not among them.
The six resolutions delegates are considering are:
The resolution sponsored by the UUSC, “Gulf Coast Workers Deserve Justice Now,” was not among them--nor was the Gulf Coast-related “Rebuild New Orleans” resolution. (The other resolutions not admitted to the agenda were “Protection for Farm Worker Children in the Fields” and “Provide Living Wages and Promised Benefits to Armed Services Personnel.”)
Delegates are now gathered in miniassemblies to consider amendments to each draft resolution. Delegates will debate and vote on the Actions of Immediate during Sunday afternoon's plenary.
The UUSC's Charlie Clements told delegates during his report that the UUSC will sponsor a “responsive resolution” in support of Gulf Coast workers in place of its rejected AIW. (The UUA Bylaws define a responsive resolution as “a resolution made in response to a substantive portion of a report by an officer or committee reporting to a regular General Assembly.” Such resolutions require a two-thirds vote.) That vote will likely take place on Sunday afternoon, too.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.