Passed: fossil fuel divestment AIW


General Assembly delegates voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon to adopt the Action of Immediate Witness “Consider Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry,” which calls for delegates to “begin a denomination-wide conversation within their congregations about divesting from fossil fuels or exercising shareholder influence.” During debate on the plenary floor, those at the “con” microphone primarily focused […]

Delegates oppose institutional racism with AIW


GA delegates voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon for an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) that condemns racist mistreatment of young people of color by police. The AIW grew out of an appearance at General Assembly a year ago of Michelle Alexander, whose book, “The New Jim Crow” explored the extent to which people of color are […]

AIW passes urging end to corporate personhood


Unitarian Universalists should join efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision to eliminate corporate personhood. That’s according to an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) passed by delegates to the 2013 General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., Sunday afternoon. The AIW is called “Amend the Constitution: Corporations are not […]

Texts of today’s draft Actions of Immediate Witness

The draft Actions of Immediate Witness that delegates will consider in this afternoon’s plenary session are available in today’s CSW Alert! (PDF).

Three proposed AIWs added to 2013 agenda


Delegates narrowed down the six proposed Actions of Immediate Witness to three, and voted them onto Sunday’s agenda. The UUA’s bylaws only allow a General Assembly to adopt up to three AIWs, which the Commission on Social Witness introduced in this order: AIW C: “Support the Proposed 28th ‘We the People’ Amendment to the Constitution: […]

Delegates consider six AIW proposals


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 […]

Final texts: 2011 Actions of Immediate Witness

The three Actions of Immediate Witness adopted by the 2011 General Assembly were published on the UUA website two weeks ago, but I forgot to provide direct links at the time. Here are the social witness resolutions by petition that delegates approved in Charlotte: Protest Representative Peter King’s Hearings on “Muslim Radicalization” (blog coverage) Support […]

Delegates vote to eliminate AIWs at 2012 Justice GA

After impassioned debate on the future of Actions of Immediate Witness at Unitarian Universalist Association General Assemblies, delegates overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bylaw amendment that would eliminate AIWs at the 2012 Justice GA in Phoenix. The amendment also reconstitutes AIWs with the 2013 GA, reducing the allowable number of AIWs to three from […]

AIW 3, calling for end to Afghan involvement, fails

Action of Immediate Witness 3, calling for an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, failed to gain approval of two-thirds of GA delegates Sunday. A similar measure was rejected last year as well.

Approved: AIW supports California supermarket workers

Delegates adopted Action of Immediate Witness 2, “Support Southern California Supermarket Workers’ Struggle for Decent Wages and Benefits.” Rick Rhoads, delegate from the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, Calif., spoke in favor of the AIW, reporting that workers were nearing a massive strike in response to severe cuts in their wages and benefits. […]

AIW 1, protesting ‘Muslim radicalization’ hearings, passes

GA delegates approved Action of Immediate Witness 1, “Protest Rep. Peter King’s Hearings on Muslim Radicalization,” Sunday morning after a lengthy debate on an amendment that would have added language about religious stereotyping. The author of that amendment withdrew it before a vote, however, and that opened the way for the vote on the whole […]

Approved: AIW opposes corporate personhood

Delegates adopted Action of Immediate Witness 4, which opposes the U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC. That decision, according to the AIW, “enshrined corporations as persons and equated money with speech.” The AIW urges member congregations to sign the resolution for The People’s Rights Amendment proposed at It also asks people to encourage […]

No substantial changes to AIW bylaw amendments yet

The two proposed bylaw amendments that would affect Actions of Immediate Witness (AIWs) came out of the mini-assembly on Thursday afternoon without substantial changes, according to Greg Boyd, who moderated the mini-assembly session at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in Charlotte, N.C. The proposed bylaw amendments concerning AIWs will both come before General Assembly […]

Commission will introduce four Actions of Immediate Witness

Saturday’s “CSW Alert,” the daily General Assembly social witness business update that delegates will receive as they enter the plenary hall Saturday morning, includes the text of four proposed Actions of Immediate Witness. The Commission on Social Witness could have brought additional proposed AIWs to the Saturday morning plenary, from which delegates could have voted […]

Trustees prepare to make case for smaller board

The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees met in Charlotte, N.C., today for the first of two days of meetings before the start of the 2011 General Assembly. The board discussed the best ways to explain to GA delegates several proposed changes in governance and social witness. A proposal to reduce the size of the […]

Final texts of GA resolutions now available

Here are the final texts of the Actions of Immediate Witness, business resolutions, and responsive resolutions adopted by the UUA’s 2010 General Assembly. Actions of Immediate Witness Clean Up the Clean Energy Bill Gulf Coast Environmental and Economic Justice 2010 Oppose Anti-Immigrant Measures at the State Level (Arizona Law SB 1070 and the Like) and […]

Texts of proposed responsive resolutions

Here are the texts of the four responsive resolutions introduced during the final plenary session at the UUA’s 2010 General Assembly. These are unofficial versions, as presented to the delegates; final versions of the three approved resolutions will be published on after they have been reviewed by the UUA’s legal council and have been […]

Board meeting: Significant changes ahead for GA resolutions

The UUA board held its traditional post-General Assembly meeting on Monday morning, June 28. They conducted an informal evaluation of the board’s General Assembly workshops; discussed the possibility of reevaluating Responsive Resolutions and Actions of Immediate Witness; approved the Panel on Theological Education’s budget; revised a board policy to include the establishment of a site […]

AIW to end the blockade of Gaza fails

The Action of Immediate Witness to end the blockade of Gaza and growth of Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory failed to achieve the needed majority to pass. Debate was at times, emotional. David Keppel, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Ind., argued that it was important to bring peace to Israel and […]

AIW fails: End the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan

In a close vote, AIW 6, “End the U.S. War in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” fell short of the two-thirds vote needed for approval. The sponsor of the resolution, Harvard Divinity School professor Daniel McKanan, told delegates that it was time to end the “longest running war in United states history,” which he said “has become […]


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