Changes to Draft
Statement of Conscience Recommended by Members of Twin Cities UU
Social Justice Community
The meeting was attended by
members of the following congregations: First Universalist Church,
First Unitarian Society, Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, and
- General Discussion Items
There was broad
agreement that the summary statement is too weak in its condemnation
of economic globalization. (See specific suggestions for additions
There was broad
agreement on the need to clearly separate the concept of
corporate-led globalization or for-profit globalization
from the positive affects that occur due to increased cooperation
between peoples, improved communication, travel, and free flow of
ideas and cultures. (This second, positive force could be called
globalism, or internationalism.)
There was consensus
that the summary statement should include words that point out the
positive trend of globalism or internationalism. This is especially
true because UU’s have long been active supporters of this
internationalist perspective. However, this positive force needs to
be defined so that it is not confused with the powerful evil force
of for-profit globalization.
There was a sense that the section
of the statement that begins on line 53 and ends with line 84 better
explained the problems with corporate-led globalization. However,
we did not discuss those points items in detail.
- Specific Recommendations
Line 1: Change word
facilitating to affecting.
Make it more clear that for-profit
globalization is a very powerful force.
Make it clear that
corporate-led globalization challenges “national sovereignty”.
The summary should include words
like: “global financial markets”, “trans-national
corporations”, and “wealthy elites”
There needs to be more focus
throughout the statement on trade and the powerful international
bodies that control trade and international development, e.g., GATT,
IMF, World Bank, etc.
The vision of the positive world
(see 3 above) should include mention of human rights, cooperation,
and increased communication and freedom to travel across borders.
The statement needs to clarify
that corporate-led globalization is based on economic or
profit-first logic to the exclusion of all other concerns.
- Discussion Item –
Where We Didn’t Reach Consensus
disagreement in the group over whether the statement should
specifically point out that globalization disproportionately affects
“impoverished peoples of the developing world and people of
color” (lines 4 and 5) or whether the statement should point
out that globalization affects all people negatively (with the
exception of the wealthy elites).
Some people felt that the
statement should also include words to highlight that globalization
also disproportionately affects women.
There was some objection to the
use of the phrase “people of color”.
- General Sense
- Many people at
the meeting liked the statement that was written by the Arlington
Street Church that was distributed.
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