Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Holiday Gifts with Social Justice Benefits

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Oct 23, 2012

The Social Action Committee has a few suggestions as gift giving and the holiday season are fast approaching.  We want to highlight some very special organizations the provide gift-giving solutions in the hope that your gifts will make a difference while bringing joy to your friends and loved ones.
One terrific gift idea is to donate money to an organization in honor of someone. The UUSC and UULMNJ depend on donations to continue their social justice work:
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. We envision a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights. Through a combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC promotes economic rights, advances environmental justice, defends civil liberties, and preserves the rights of people in times of humanitarian crisis.
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry (UULMNJ) works in NJ and has a direct impact on the quality of our lives, in accordance with our UU values. The mission of the UULMNJ is to provide the comprehensive structure for New Jersey Unitarian Universalists’ non-partisan activism.  We work for a socially just public policy in collaboration with like- minded organizations through Education, Research, Advocacy, Witness, and Service.
If you are looking for books to give as a gift, we  recommend the Beacon Press.  Beacon Press is an independent publisher of serious non-fiction and fiction. Our books often change the way readers think about fundamental issues; they promote such values as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life.
Another recommendation is to stop by the Social Action Table. We sell Fair Trade Coffee, Buttons and Bumper-stickers.