Start with Build Back Better, End in Justice

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As Unitarian Universalists, we hold sacred the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In the practice of our values, this means we care for those suffering from society’s indifference and marginalization, with an eye and ear for those facing the most egregious harms.

The Build Back Better legislation does take bold action as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is a meaningful recalibration to a more just ‘new normal,’ a more just ‘new equilibrium’ between people and the economy. But it represents the minimum needed for sowing seeds of a compassionate and faithful recovery. It is not a glidepath toward a people-centered economy nor the paradigm shift of action needed for the environment and crisis response to climate change. And it is an insufficient substitute for the long-promised, and discussed, comprehensive immigration reform.

Yet the expected positive results for children, working families, and immigrants are significant. The steps for the environment are urgent first steps toward our national resilience, human species continuation, and protecting planetary biodiversity.

America needs this package — from universal pre-K to expanded Child Tax Credits and EITC (Earned Income Tax Credits), from Medicaid expansions to housing funding for affordable homes, from reductions in greenhouse gases to necessary reform of our broken and hostile immigration system. And America wants it now.

While this is a good bill, many UUSJ allies observe that much more could be done, should be done for our families — and we agree.

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Pablo DeJesus

Executive Director, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice