Dear Friends and Supporters--
After a quarter century making the voice of liberal, progressive religion heard in the NY State Legislature and the Executive Chamber, the board has voted to wind down operations.
Over the years we have made a difference. We were there when our collective faith was needed, and we have seen some especially important legislation passed that was at least in part attributable to our efforts. Our greatest achievements, which we take credit for promoting along with our many allies, include marriage equality, raising the minimum wage, codification of Roe v. Wade into the Public Health Law, election reforms, criminal justice reforms, a 30% increase in the Public Assistance grant, and much more.
Today, with nearly all our original concerns addressed, and our original members aged out, we are passing the torch to a new generation of faithful liberal and progressive religious advocates. We are no longer accepting donations. Instead, we encourage you to support your denominational justice organizations, such as the New York Council of Churches, which is a Protestant ecumenical organization that gave birth to IINYS, or RAC-NY, a project of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. RAC-NY was originally NY Reform Jewish Voice, which was a founding partner in IINYS.
Interfaith Impact of NYS was also the voice for Unitarian Universalists in New York and functioned as the New York representative to UU State Advocacy Network of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We stepped away from that role a year ago so that UUs could establish New York Unitarian Universalist Justice, which now represents UU congregations at the State and national levels. We strongly urge all UU congregations to support NYUUJ .
For a while you will still find some of our IINYS resources on the web at www.iinys.org.
As we pass the torch, we encourage you keep focus as you pursue justice, and remember that the voices of people of faith have a special place in our democracy.
Yours in Faith and Love,
Rev. Dr. Richard S Gilbert, President
Robb Smith, Executive Director