The Civic Engagement group meets regularly to bring timely justice actions to each Sunday worship service. We pick important issues for letters, postcards, petitions, and phone calls. In addition, we network with other justice and faith groups in Phoenix and beyond.

Recent Civic Actions

  • Last Chance to Sign Important Petitions!

    Thank you to all those who attended the Water Gathering at Granada Park last Saturday and signed petitions then. More signatures are needed by Saturday, Sept. 25 before final submission on Sept. 28. These 8 referendum and initiative petitions are necessary to overturn recent legislation devastating to education, voters’ rights, and medical debt. Find a place to sign and have your voice heard!


  • Arizona Needs Your Signatures!

    Referendum Petitions, Fall 2021

    The AZ Legislature passed bills this year that will:

    1. cut deeply into voter-approved education funding, and
    2. make it harder to vote

    These bills will go into effect at the end of September UNLESS we get enough registered voters to sign petitions to “refer” them to the 2022 general election. This would put the bills on hold until citizens get a chance to approve or reject them. The petitions must be turned in by September 25th. 

    You will have a chance to sign these six petitions at the outdoor UUCP event at Grenada Park on Saturday, September 11, from 9:00-11:00 am. If you cannot attend that event, you can find another place to sign them at a location near you, or email us at civicengagement@phoenixuu.org if you need someone to bring the petitions to you.

    Education-Related Referendums

    If a sufficient number of signatures is obtained on all three of these, the effect would be to:

    • Restore billions in critically needed funding cut by the legislature in June 2021. This would solve the teacher shortage crisis, lower class sizes, add more aides and counselors, and expand career and technical education.
    • Prevent Arizona legislators from overturning the will of 1.7 million Arizona voters in a bait-and-switch scheme to destroy Prop 208 by exempting their rich friends from paying taxes that Arizona voters passed.
    • Ensure Arizona invests in its schools and infrastructure, instead of handing a billion dollars to millionaires in the form of massive tax cuts. Stronger schools mean a strong economy.

    Do I have to sign all three petitions? YES, because Gov. Ducey and 47 Republican legislators used a combination of three bills and workarounds to cut education funding, including the “flat tax” scheme and SB 1783. To fix what they destroyed, we need to recall all three parts.

    Voting Rights Referendums

    If a sufficient number of signatures is obtained on these three petitions, the effect will be to: 

    • Keep the “Permanent” in the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL)
    • Allow state and local election officials to continue to supplement the insufficient funds they receive by obtaining outside grants for voter registration and election administration.
    • Block proposed ten “ballot fraud countermeasures,” including bar and QR codes, which could violate the ballot secrecy guarantee of the AZ Constitution.

    Again, we hope to see you at the outdoor UUCP event at Grenada Park on Saturday, September 11, from 9:00-11:00 am. If you cannot attend that event, you can find another place to sign them at a location near you, or email us at civicengagement@phoenixuu.org if you need someone to bring the petitions to you.


  • IRC Welcome Center in Phoenix is Receiving Refugees from Afghanistan


Older notifications are viewable in our Civic Engagement archives.

Interested in Joining Us?

This document provides information about our mission and activities, how often we meet, and what we expect of our members: Civic Engagement Team. For further information, please email civicengagement@phoenixuu.org.

UU Justice Arizona (UUJAZ)

In addition to weekly Civic Engagement actions, members of UUCP may participate with UU Justice Arizona (UUJAZ), a network of eleven AZ UU congregations. UUJAZ coordinates and promotes statewide justice efforts among UUs, including our annual UU Day at the Legislature. See the UUJAZ web page for more information, or visit their Facebook page.