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Common Good

capitolbuildingThe mission of the Common Good committee is to show how individuals can help to solve social and environmental justice problems at the source. We work closely with UU Justice Florida (, the UU Service Committee, and interfaith and secular partners for public policy and social change. By taking actions together, we empower the voice of our Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena and make a difference on critical issues such as escalating inequality, climate change, and justice for all.

We are trying to solve problems at the source so they don’t keep happening again.

You can participate as you have time in actions for systemic change even as you focus on hands-on help in the community. Here are some of the actions we can take together:

  • Civic engagement and public witness: events, rallies, and contacts with local, state and federal officials
  • Coordinated communication: letter-writing, petition-signing, blogging, social media outreach
  • Education: forums, worship services, films
  • Voter participation: encouraging voter registration, voter education, voter involvement, and opposing voter suppression.

Please sign up on the Common Good/UU Justice Florida list at the Social Justice table in the lanai for alerts on timely actions we can take. Together we can make a difference!

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Sign Up for the Common Good

Be sure to sign up on the Common Good list at the Social Justice table on the lanai to see how you can help make a difference for public policy in Venicepetitions1 and Sarasota County, and sign up online at to learn what state efforts will affect us locally. We have two immediate opportunities to make a difference in Venice and Sarasota County:
1) If 15,096 petitions for Single Member Districts for County Commissioners and Charter Review Board members can be submitted and validated at the Supervisor of Elections office by January 15th, the referendum can be placed on the March 13th ballot along with the School Board election to help get the BIG MONEY out of control of our county elections. Qualified candidates of all political parties can then run for office, and be held accountable to be responsive to the people, rather than to their large campaign donors and Super Pacs.
2) Venice could be the 4th city in Florida—behind St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Orlando—to commit to becoming a Clean Energy Community by 2050. In conjunction with the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club, we can help press the Venice City Council to adopt a similar resolution to use only clean and renewable energy. We have made a difference with the council before by showing up in great numbers on important issues. We can do it again. And don’t forget how one of our UUs, Maxine Barritt, even saved a park in Venice by her persistence.