Who We Are

The Social & Environmental Justice Committee is a group of UUs who believe the Seven Principles of our faith call us to be engaged in the struggle for social and environmental justice.

Food Insecurity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, our committee has been working hard on addressing issues of food insecurity in Riverside, especially in our beloved Downtown Community.

We do this through our own CommUUnity Food Pantry and in partnership with Riverside Food Not Bombs.

Click here to learn more about this work.

CommUUnity Food Pantry

We collect hygiene items and non-perishable food items for distribution to the housing and food insecure. To contribute to this program, click here or scan this QR code with your mobile device

Our Partners

In addition to Riverside Food Not Bombs, we partner with other organizations in the area that also share our principles.

We are a Local Organizing Committee of ICUC (Inland Congregations United For Change) a multi-faith, faith-based community organization in the Inland Empire, which is part of PICO California and Faith in Action National Network
  • Riverside All Of Us Or None
    Part of a national organizing initiative addressing discrimination and human rights abuses faced by incarcerated/ formerly incarcerated people. 
  • The 28ers
    The 28ers stand for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to create exclusive public financing for all federal elections.
  • 350 Riverside
    We believe that solutions to climate change are still possible, and that we all have a piece of the solution.
  • Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America
    We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few.

Join Us!

The Social and Environmental Justice Committee meets by Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at 1pm. Click here to join.


Take Action


Learn how to take action with Black Lives Matter IE by checking out their Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/blmie

End Slavery in California

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is considering a resolution to support ACA 3, which would remove the “involuntary servitude” clause from the California State Constitution, Article 1 Section 6.

Click here to read our Social & Environmental Justice Committee’s letter to the Clerk of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in support of this resolution.

Click here to see the toolkit created by the campaign with social media posts, a sample email and talking points for call in public comments


Join the monthly prayer vigils for #Justice4Ernie

On December 15th, 2020, Ernie Serrnao was killed by the Riverside Sherriff’s Department in the express checkout line of Stater Bros. on Rubidoux and Mission Blvds as he was attempting to buy cookies. (https://www.tmz.com/2021/01/05/ernie-serrano-mother-sues-wrongful-death-riverside-sheriffs-stater-bros/)

Contact the White House

Make your voice heard! Have a concern you think the new administration should know about? Click here to contact the White House!

End the Senate Filibuster

Click here to sign a petition to end the Senate filibuster.

Medicare for All

Click here to sign the petition urging Governor Newsom to fight for single payer healthcare in California

Spreading Hope Riverside

Spreading Hope Riverside is a student-led campaign to support young people in Riverside during and beyond COVID-19. They organize events to bring awareness to people who experience sexual harassment, discrimination, injustice, and social issues.

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
Sep 19, 2021
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Social & Environmental Justice Committee Meeting
UUCR Annex, Riverside CA

Oct 2, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Food Not Bombs - Collection Day
Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, Riverside CA

Oct 3, 2021
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Social & Environmental Justice Committee Meeting
UUCR Annex, Riverside CA

Oct 14, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

All of Us or None (AOUON)
Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, Riverside CA

Oct 16, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Food Not Bombs - Food Distribution
Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, Riverside CA

Oct 17, 2021
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Social & Environmental Justice Committee Meeting
UUCR Annex, Riverside CA

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