Read on and be informed about the work of UUJusticePA. Our newsletter masthead photo is of the back of the Capitol in Harrisburg.  Our Capital is a beautiful, opulent building but also hides a lot of corruption.  We are working to change that reality.  Our newsletter will be published and e-mailed to all of our supporters early each month.  If you want to include an article, please contact Rev. Joan at


Elections have consequences and so do government rules.

On Monday this week, I attended a rally organized by the PA Democratic Caucus. A few other UUs from the Harrisburg area were there too. The topic for the day, repeated by several Representatives, “we will keep abortion legal and safe in PA.”

Watching the January 6 hearings and learning about Supreme Court decisions, these past few weeks have been a sea of emotions. Like many of you, I have cried and screamed, and this morning I am more committed to my work for justice in PA. There is so much work to do. I will say again, “no one person can do everything, but everyone must do something.”

What action can you take? Organize a UUtheVotePA team in your congregation. If your congregation is not forming a UUtheVotePA team, sign up as an individual for one of the many opportunities to get voters registered and then GOTV with our partners. (UUtheVotePA webpage will launch soon).

We must get committed, honest progressives elected to all of our state and local elections. That is the only way we are going to fix our government.

We have been complacent for too long. We MUST get organized and bring our UU Values to Harrisburg. Lobby days will resume when the General Assembly returns to Harrisburg in September.   Continue



The June 11th-13th PA Climate Convergence brought together scientists and activists from around the state.    Panelists included activists from Fair Districts, March on Harrisburg, anti-fracking and clean air/water, and climate change activists.   A few hundred knowledgeable people who have written, spoken, and led actions converged to present and hear what organizations are doing.  The energy of so many deeply committed individuals was palpable.  This included youth from Sunrise and other groups who demonstrated passion and commitment on a panel hosted by journalist Will Bunch.   Sunday’s rally and march were energetic, with impressive signs, banners, and chants.   

Monday’s direct action at the Capitol included the placement of a climate countdown clock in the east wing rotunda.
The climate clock was placed in a visible location, as a daily reminder to legislators that time is running down on the time available before global temperatures rise above 1.5 degrees C. 

A separate two-part civil nonviolent action, which resulted in some fines and release, was initiated by almost 20 individuals, including four UU’s from York, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg.


Pennsylvania UUs in the May 2022 PA Legislature Primary.

June 30, 2022

Three PA UUs competed in the May 17, 2022 Primary to serve in the Pennsylvania legislature.

Paul Takac (UU Fellowship of Centre County) won his Primary race!   He ran unopposed for PA House District 82 (Centre County).  Paul will face Justin Behrens (R) in the November general election.  Learn about Paul’s campaign at

Let Paul know you support his efforts by making a contribution and volunteering for his campaign.

Tara Zrinski (UU Congregation of the Larger Fellowship) ran in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for PA Senate District 14 (Northampton and Lehigh Counties).  Tara lost by 40 votes to Nick Miller. 

Primary Results: Miller-8835, Zrinski- 8795, Yamalisa Tavernas-3229.

The primary race wasn’t decided until June 15, 2022 when a lawsuit surrounding 260 uncounted contested mail-in ballots were finally settled.   Read more about the settlement here: article 
Tara continues to serve on the Northampton County Council.   It is hoped Tara will continue to run for the state legislature in future elections.

David Brown (Main Line Unitarian Church) lost his primary race for the Democratic nomination for PA House District 166 (Montgomery and Delaware Counties).  He lost to incumbent Greg Vitali (D) who has served in the PA House since 1993.

Primary Results: Vitali-5979, Brown-4298.

David campaigned enthusiastically.  David has indicated he will run again.

Read about other PA UUs who have run for the PA legislature. 


Summer Postcarding Topics

Good Government:
Write to your House Representative.  A simple message:
End Corruption in PA Legislature. Pass a Gift Ban!!
Learn more here:

Vote YES to change the House Rules in January 2023
Learn more here:

Reproductive Justice:
SAVE Reproductive Justice
Stop a change to the PA Constitution that would make
abortion in PA illegal. Vote NO on SB956


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