Social Justice

Mission

To inspire Unity of Fairfax to participate in activities promoting social justice, equality, and respect for all through education and action.

Vision

A committed community living our Unity Principles through engagement in social action.

Meetings

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 socialjustice@unityoffairfax.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
  • NAACP
  • 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:

Immigrant Rights

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

Affordable Housing

Current issues:

  • 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

  1. Ask how friends and family members are paid.
  2. Make sure your employer is paying everyone fairly.
  3. Ask how workers are paid when you contract for services.
  4. Adopt ethical contracting policies.
  5. Be prepared to tip in cash.

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Resources

The Social Justice Resources page has extensive additional information:

 

Updated April 23, 2021