Issue Selection Criteria
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR UULM-MD PRIORITY ISSUES
Since it was organized in 2005, UULM-MD has based its criteria on the UULM-CA model which adopts three major issues and sometimes a fourth, usually an incubator/study issue. UUA provided the framework for the decision making process which is based on grounding, accountability, fit, and opportunity.
An issue must:
- Support UU principles;
- Be consistent with UUA Statements of Conscience, Statements of Immediate Witness, or Study Action Issues;
- Involve at least one national UU organization (ex. UUA, UUSC, UUSANs) in any national issue;
- Have widespread support of UUs in Maryland;
- Have Maryland UU congregations or groups working on the issue;
- Have a UU congregation or group willing to take the lead of a UULM-MD Task Force on the issue (follow issue; write up alerts & background; organize testimonies, rallies, and contacts, etc.; coordinate with other organizations involved in issue; disseminate info thru UULM-MD systems);
- Have a UU from the Task Force willing to report regularly to the UULM-MD Board liaison, preferably the leader or co-leader of the Task Force;
- Be a major issue to be considered by the Maryland General Assembly. It must be a time when this issue is likely to move;
- Have a lead group with expertise and resources with which UULM-MD can collaborate, for example, groups such as Health Care for All, Equality MD, MD Climate Coalition, Working Families, and Citizens Against State Executions;
- Be an issue with which UULM-MD is willing to stay active long enough to become a reputable and reliable partner with other organizations.
There are two tiers of issues:
>>UULM-MD priority issues for the year;