During Saturday morning’s plenary session, General Assembly delegates heard six proposed Actions of Immediate Witness: “Consider Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry,” “Stop persecuting Whistleblowers,” “Support the Proposed 28th ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ Amendment to the Constitution: Corporations are not persons and money is not speech,” “Stop Force-Feeding Prisoners in Guantanamo!” “Protection of Digital Rights, including privacy and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure,” and “Condemn the mass incarceration, killing, and mistreatment of young men of color by police.”
Delegates were instructed to mark their ballots with up to three of the AIWs that they want added to the agenda. They were also reminded that they were voting on the concept, not the actual wording of the statements. Miniassemblies to discuss and amend the proposed AIWs will occur Saturday afternoon from 1:45 pm to 3 pm. Debate on the amended AIWs will take place during Sunday afternoon’s plenary session.
Charlie King, member of the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, N.Y., for 50 years, received the President’s Award for Volunteer Service during the Saturday morning Plenary.
UUA President Peter Morales presented the award, calling King “a strong and tireless advocate for racial equality, for the rights of people with disabilities, for creating a culture of generosity to support Unitarian Universalism well into the future.”
King has been a leader at his Brooklyn congregation and in the association for decades. As president of this congregation, he helped smooth relationships with UUA leadership and the Black Caucus.
His service on the General Assembly Planning Committee reshaped GA in many ways. He was instrumental in incorporating daily worship and in developing accessibility services at GA. Most recently, he served on the UUA Board for nearly eight years.
King began to embrace Unitarian Universalism in 1955, when he wrote a story in support of integration for his college newspaper. The dean confiscated the essay and destroyed it prior to publication. But, Morales said, “Charlie and his friends went through the trash, pieced together a proof and brought it to the local paper. The next morning it was published, picked up by the Associated Press, and plastered across the country.” With the year, King joined a UU church and became a lay minister.
Along with the award, and a plaque, the UUA will give $1,000 to a charity of King’s choice.
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