To inspire Unity of Fairfax to participate in activities promoting social justice, equality, and respect for all through education and action.
A committed community living our Unity Principles through engagement in social action.
Social Justice Team meetings are normally held on the second Sunday of the month from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Conference Room. The team is meeting virtually during Covid -19 restrictions.
Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and Projects
Current events and projects appear on the Classes & Events page. Examples of events and projects are: Unity of Fairfax Friday movies featuring social justice topics and discussions; speakers; and social justice rallies, lobbying, and workshops.
Affordable Housing and Immigration Advocacy
Team members attend meetings and conferences with local organizations including:
- Congregation Action Network
- National Low-Income Housing Coalition
- Virginia Housing Alliance
- The Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations
- Virginia Poverty Law Center
- Virginia Interfaith Center
- and others.
Advocacy work in Fairfax County and Virginia:
Working for these accomplishments in the Virginia General Assembly in 2020:
- In-state tuition rates are now available for immigrants
- Access to driver’s privilege cards
- Legislation addressing wage theft, a chronic problem for immigrant workers
Priorities immigrant rights organizations would like address in the Virginia General Assembly January 2021 session:
- Legislation guaranteeing paid sick days for all employees, which is supported by 83% of VA residents.
- Legislation requiring that farm workers be paid the minimum wage and receive heat stress protections.
- Improving the burdensome application process for driver’s privilege cards and address privacy concerns regarding Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s access to the DMV database
- Research residential property assessments to determine whether there is any discrimination in the property tax assessment process in Fairfax Co.
- Support direct assistance from the state of Virginia for people facing eviction or foreclosure
- Prevent the eviction of millions (up to 34 million or more nationally) and many millions more facing foreclosure once the Center for Disease Control moratorium expires on Jan. 1 and providing financial assistance to the many millions who no longer receive unemployment benefits and other forms of assistance
- Support increased funding for affordable housing at the state level and in Fairfax Co.
Five Things You Can Do to Stop or Deter Wage Theft
- Ask how friends and family members are paid.
- Make sure your employer is paying everyone fairly.
- Ask how workers are paid when you contract for services.
- Adopt ethical contracting policies.
- Be prepared to tip in cash.
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The Social Justice Resources page has extensive additional information: