Sunday, Oct. 3, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden honored Mark Kosnoff as its Humanitarian of the Year for his tireless work in social justice in the state.
At its weekly service, Kosnoff was honored for his leadership of United Action of Connecticut, a faith-based social action group which focuses on training, organizing and rallying people of faith to fight for social justice.
UACT has focused on universal health care in the Connecticut and the fight for justice and inclusion of undocumented immigrants.
Kosnoff has been the essential, faithful leader of UACT from its beginning 15 years ago. He is a familiar face at the State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building, leading rallies and giving testimony at legislative hearings. He has organized two dozen educational sessions in houses of worship and state colleges to help people understand the plight of undocumented residents, who face nearly insurmountable barriers to citizenship.
Mark has also organized sessions for young immigrant adults to register for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), actively protested the imminent deportation of peaceful immigrants, and rallied for the protection of domestic workers—many from Haiti and Central America- who are often mistreated by their employers.
The Unitarian Universalist Church has been associated with UACT for several years and at the ceremony Sunday, Kosnoff mentioned its role in keeping an Indonesian immigrant and his wife in sanctuary for nearly two years.