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2005 — A World Free from Oppression and Injustice

2005 — A World Free from Oppression and Injustice

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2005 Annual Report of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
2005 Annual Report of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

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2005 Annual Report
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
A World Free fromOppression and Injustice
Tsunami survivors, Chittoor District, India
 
Our Vision
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committeeenvisions a world free from oppression andinjustice, where all can realize their fullhuman rights.
Our Mission
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committeeadvances human rights and social justicearound the world, partnering with thosewho confront unjust power structures andmobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.
Prawn fishers after the tsunami, Tamil Nadu, India
 
 Annual Report 2005
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A Message for Our Members and Supporters
December 10, 2005 We write this letter on the day in which the world remembers the birth of the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights. Its framers, including Eleanor Roosevelt, hoped it wouldhelp to prevent another Holocaust.On the day that we think of as the beginning of the modern era of human rights, weare pleased to announce that two of our founders, the Rev. Waitstill Sharp and MarthaSharp, have become only the second and third U.S. citizens to be honored as Righteous Among the Nations. It’s an honor conferred by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorialmuseum in Israel to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jewish lives during World War II. After the Holocaust, people said, “Never again.” However, we can’t help observing thatthis tremendous honor for our founders was announced just weeks after Charlie returnedfrom a fact-finding trip to Chad, where he visited camps filled with refugees fleeing theslow genocide in neighboring Darfur, Sudan, and heard their stories. As UUSC continues the legacy of our founders by focusing on the humanitarian crises,economic and environmental injustice, and erosion of civil liberties in today’s world, theorganization continues to grow in strength and influence. With each passing year, webecome an ever more effective voice and stronger presence for human rights around the world and in the United States. UUSC’s 40,000 members and supporters, our NGOpartners, and our staff are the moral force through which we advance social justice andhuman rights around the world.One of the great tasks we face is how to pass the torch of making justice and advancinghuman rights to the next generation. We’ve had a good start this year and hope thatyou’ll help us continue this important task.But our legacy isnt only in how we prepare future generations of activists. As the Sharps’grandchildren celebrate their grandparents’ heroism of some 65 years ago, we should alsoask how our grandchildren will view the actions we take today on behalf of those facingpersecution and genocide. We dont always have to risk our own lives, but at least we canstand up and speak out, we can bear witness, and we can say, “Not on our watch.”Charlie ClementsPresidentodd JonesChair, Board of rustees
Charlie ClementsTodd Jones

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