Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville
Kathleen attended both the GA in Phoenix on immigrant rights and the recent one in New Orleans with a focus on white supremacy. She worked one winter in Phoenix for the Welcome to America project, which helps refugees.
She is on the Unidos Bridging Community board of directors and teaches citizenship classes. She reads to Kindergarteners in the SMART program at Sue Buell elementary, which is 50% Hispanic.
She has been involved in various immigrant rights marches and local activities and attended the Rural Organizing Project (ROP) annual training for the past several years as well as workshops by PCUN, the farmworker rights organization.
Although immigrant rights is her main passion, she has been active in various social justice efforts.
John W. Raymonda
Florence Unitarian Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
John is from Florence OR. and is the Social Justice elected leader for the fellowship. John's major social justice concern is with income inequality and the need to replace a minimum wage with a living wage.
Rev. Connie Yost
First Unitarian Church, Portland
The Rev. Connie Yost is an affiliated community minister with First Unitarian Church, Portland, grounding her ministry with the Economic Justice Action Group. She has served in community ministry for the last 18 years focused on social justice for the underserved and often forgotten -- poor, disabled, very young and elderly.
Connie currently serves as President of the Board of Farmworker Ministry Northwest. She is the founder of Friends Stay Warm, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to supporting low-wage workers and immigrant detainees through cash assistance and advocacy. She serves on the Faith Labor Committee of Portland Jobs with Justice. She is the Treasurer of the Oregon Poor People’s Campaign and served on its coordinating committee as education and legal liaison.
Connie has been deeply influenced by the words and works of Dorothy Day who asks: “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
Chris has been a member of UU since the mid 90’s. She has a background in public relations, business administration, business ethics, micro-economics, statistics and education. She served as a consultant on stakeholder relations and regulatory affairs for various electric, gas, telephone and water utilities in the USA and Canada, supporting executives in implementing social responsibility policies and practices, advising companies to operate customer advisory panels to change internal operations, and listening through public-participation.
Re-purposing career skills, she advocates for vulnerable populations; she has a particular interest in equity, inclusion, poverty prevention and children at risk; helping to help shape legislation and encourage funding to assist historically underserved at-risk populations. She follows revenue and tax reform and is Educaon Policy Coordinator, LWVOR Legislative Action; teaming with colleagues who cover Social Policy, Governance and Natural Resources within the Oregon Legislature
David e. Delk
First Unitarian Church, Portland; Wy'East Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Portland
David has been a democracy activist/advocate for many years, having served as a chief petitioner for two statewide initiatives (46/47) to allow and then to place limits on campaign contributions in Oregon elections. Those measures were on the ballot in 2006. In 2011, he founded the Portland chapter of Move to Amend immediately following the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Move to Amend advocates amending the US Constitution to overturn the court created doctrines that money = speech and that corporations are people.
He lead the Portland chapter of the Alliance for Democracy and is also the national co-chair.
Several years ago, he formed the Portland Public Banking Alliance to advocate for creation of a city of Portland Public Bank.
At the First Unitarian Church, he was a member of the Economic Justice Action Group where he organized speaker events, documentary film screenings and gathered signatures on various local & state level initiatives.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (UUCS)
MIchael was attracted to social justice work at UUCS and immediately after joining the congregation joined the Social Justice in Action Team (SJAT). He also serves on the Membership Team, the Fellowship Team, and is also a member of the Racial Justice Organizing Committee (RJOC) in Salem.
He currently works at McKay High School, managing the Reset Room or as he call it, the Sanctuary Room. It is the place where students stay when they are in school suspended.
He says he "would like to help build connections with all UUs in Oregon, to learn about their social justice concerns and the work they are doing."
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship
Josie has been involved in social justice, especially issues of income inequality, since moving to Portland in 1998. She was an active member of the Economic Justice Action Group (EJAG) of the First Unitarian Church in Portland where she worked on the issues of fair trade. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Tax Fairness Oregon, a citizen watchdog group that studies Oregon’s revenue and tax expenditure bills and advocates to promote a tax system that serves the common good that is fair, progressive and adequate. Since the group’s inception, she has focused on wealth inequality, such as preserving the estate tax, and reducing tax giveaways to special interests and the wealthy. As a member of the Oregon Democracy Coalition, she has advocated against the influence of money at all levels of government, and has worked with other coalition partners on a variety of topics, partners including Jobs with Justice, the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Our Oregon, ACLU and Common Cause.
Presently, she is co-chair on the Washington County Unit of the League of Women Voters and is a member of the State League’s Action Team. She wrote about Medicaid health care funding (Measure 101) for the LWV Voters Guide, and currently researches and reports on government transparency for the League.