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STRETCH GOAL $6,000 UU Prison Ministry of IL needs your help with critical needs of people returning from prison, giving to commissary accounts of people in prison, and working with those in prison on advocacy for change.
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UU Prison Ministry of Illinois asks your help supporting people returned from prison as well as UU’s still in prison.  One way we do this is through small grants to “solidarity circle leaders” with crisis needs such as housing, clothing, transportation, or medical care. 

For UU’s in prison we organize UU pen pals and make small additions to their commissary accounts to help buy sanitary supplies or food.  We also are piloting a program with UU’s in prison to work with their pen pals to guide our advocacy work for alternatives to incarceration and to reduce the harm caused by incarceration. 

Reaching the $3000 goal would provide emergency assistance to 2 solidarity circle leaders for a year and commissary contributions for 60 UU’s in Illinois prisons. 

Reaching the stretch goal of $6000 would do this and provide funds for supplies and staff time to run the pilot advocacy program. 

UUPMI consists of UU volunteers from Illinois who organize people in prisons and jails based on UU principles.  We connect people inside with UU pen pals in our congregations.  We organize reentry solidarity circles centering around leaders returning to the community.  We promote systemic change to end incarceration and to build justice, and carry this message to UU’s through sermons by our UU minister and workshops for UU’s.  We partner with UU Advocacy Network of Illinois and other organizations on advocacy.  We are supported financially by UU’s individually and by over a dozen UU congregations in IL with shared offerings.

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Pilot Advocacy Program 6,000.00

Reaching the stretch goal of $6000 would do this and provide funds for supplies and staff time to run the pilot advocacy program. 

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