Committee History

1993 – As a result of the Decisions for Growth Workshops the Social Responsibility Committee was charged on behalf of the Congregation to – “organize socially responsible forums on subjects such as health care reform, racism, choice, campaign finance reform election reform, homosexual issues, and environmental and ‘green’ economic issues.

1996 The Social Responsibility Committee sponsored with Interfaith Impact a talk by Rev. Richard Gilbert about the Covenant with Justice among UU Congregations of NYS regarding a just state budget.

Anti-Racism Task Force sponsored A JUBILEE WORLD weekend workshop.
The Interfaith Coalition on Sexual Identity of Broome County originated from meetings between this committee and Centenary-Chenango St United Methodist Church to become welcoming congregations.

June, 1998 the Anti-Racism Task Force joined with other community members to ask the Binghamton University to assist in forming a Center for the Study of Race and Social Equity in the community.

Spring 2001 the ARTF sponsored a public form on Drug Policy Reform in relation to incarcerated minority populations.

2002 ARTF planned anti-racism service for Martin L. King Sunday.

Feb. 2002 ARTF planned a service about Thurgood Marshall.

March 2002 SRC sponsored a speaker from the Montrose, PA Center for Anti-Slavery about the Underground Railroad in our area.

May, 2002 we joined with Interfaith Impact in supporting the Alliance for Quality Education at a community speakout in support of public school education.

Oct 2002 the SRC sponsored a forum on Racism in the Justice system with local governmental officials and the Mental Health Players.

2002 the SRC surveyed the congregation about doing an All Church Project. Results focused on interest in assisting Habitat for Humanity and adopting Bridgewater Nursing Home. By selling soaps and sweets they raised $300 for the Endicott Habitat house in addition to an Endowment Fund amount of $450. Sale of fair trade coffee started.

2004
Oct the SRC held a Wind Power Forum
May SRC held a forum on Fair Trade and the NAFTA proposal.

2005 The SJC co-sponsored with the Membership Committee the sponsorship of Democracy Now on WSKG radio.
We supported the St. Patrick’s Four Trial & Tribunal demonstrations against the Iraq War
We supported the Citizen Action Living Wage campaign.

April 2006 the SJ Sunday focused on mini-workshops on living wage, racial justice, fair funding for public education, Medicare Rx drug coverage, media reform, forming a conscience in peace & war.

Oct 2006 SJC showed the film American Blackout.
November 2006 SJC co-sponsored with Binghamton Indymedia a viewing of Robert Greenwald’s film Walmart, The High Costs of Low Price.
Some members participated in a Knitting Ministry, making hats for shelter residents and hospital infants.
SJC sponsored a letter to Congressman Hinchey calling for guidance regarding impeachment related to the war.
SJC sponsored a viewing of President Bush’s State of the Union Speech as part of the State of Our Values Watch.

2006 Social Justice Sunday focused on Health Care for All and showed the documentary Sicko by Michael Moore.
2008 Co-sponsored Sept International Day of Peace/peace pole
Prepared Election Day supper at SJ Johnson Church

2009 Ethical Eating Film Series – Banana Splits, FLOW
Solidarity with BU Sodexho employees
Social Justice Sunday focused on POVERTY: Mending the Safety Net
Co-sponsored activities with the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC)
Endorsed the World March for Peace
Hosted Candlelight Service on anniversary of Iraq War
BINGHAMTON FAITH COMMUNITY – PRAYER SERVICE FOR HEALTH CARE! – SEPT
Co-sponsored Climate Change Awareness Day with 350.org
Promoted sale of Better World Shopper book
Prepared Election Day supper at SJ Johnson Church

2010 Prepared Election Day supper at SJ Johnson Church
Supported Veterans for Peace Mother’s Day for Peace Special Celebration
Grew vegetables at our Community Garden for monthly salad at SJJ
Social Justice Sunday in February for Standing on the Side of Love: Re-Imagining Valentine’s Day
Petitioned against the Political corporation ruling on campaign financing.
Participated in the Rescue Mission Walk
Cosponsored Cindy Sheehan’s visit/talk on Peace.
Provided fruit for Trinity Memorial Sunday community lunch.
Supported community forums on Gas Drilling.
Continued donations of food and toiletries for Food Not Bombs.
Supported the BC Aids Walk.
Tabled at EARTH FEST

The SJC has annually co-sponsored with Witness for Peace public talks from Latin American representatives about conditions in their countries regarding violence, poverty and fair trade.