This Week in Social Action – Amnesty International & Climate Justice

The Social Action Ministry (SAM) at First Parish comes from our Unitarian Universalist faith based on the values of love, justice, community and responsibility. We do this within the supportive environment of our broader church community and the mission of First Parish “…to act on our values to serve the larger community and create a more just and loving world.”

Amnesty International

Following Sunday’s service in the parish hall, the local chapter of Amnesty International will be conducting their annual letter write-in. Today’s letters are directed at government officials and involve prisoners of conscience in China, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. There will also be a special petition to sign which will be presented to Lexington Selectmen and Selectwomen asking them to pass a town-wide resolution declaring Lexington as a welcoming community for all refugees, and most notably refugees from Syria.

This is an important activity sponsored in part by the Social Action Committee and part of a town-wide activity. The more letters signed the better! To preview the letters, please click on the links below. You can also print and sign ahead of time and bring to church on Sunday.

Any questions, please contact Al Jacobson.

China letter

Uzbekistan Farmonov letter

Vietnam letter


Climate Justice

The confirmation of Greg Pruitt for Secretary of the EPA would be detrimental to our environment and needs to be opposed. He has sued that agency 14 times, is a climate change denier, and wants to eliminate many of the regulations protecting our air, water, climate and natural environment. Please contact our senators Warren and Markey and share your concern.


Senator Elizabeth Warren

Boston Office

2400 JFK Federal Building

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203

Phone: (617) 565-3170

Springfield Office

1550 Main Street

Suite 406

Springfield, MA 01103

Phone: (413) 788-2690

Washington Office

317 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4543


Senator Edward Markey

Boston Office

975 JFK Federal Building

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203

Phone: 617-565-8519

Fall River Office

222 Milliken Boulevard, Suite 312

Fall River, MA 02721


Springfield Office

1550 Main Street, 4th Floor

Springfield, MA 01101


Washington, D.C. Office

255 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510