Immigrant Justice

UULMCA Action Network members at Immigrant Lobby DayThe Immigrant Justice Action Team mobilizes UUs to engage their elected officials on important legislation, supports immigrants in sanctuary and participates in public witness on issues related to immigrant justice. In addition, we host experiential learning trips to the Tijuana Border : click here to learn more and register!

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Join Us for Immigrant Day at the Capitol

Monday, May 15, 2017, 8:30am-4pm

For over 20 years, the California immigrant rights movement has convened annually at the state capitol for a day of advocacy, to champion the rights of the community and celebrate immigrants as part of the fabric of our state. The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California participates with many state & local advocacy organizations in this effort as a part of the California Immigrant Policy Center. This day is a centerpiece of our immigrant justice ministry--we are morally compelled to stand with immigrants and their families as a visible and credible voice for our Unitarian Universalist values.

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IS IT SAFE? Taking the Concept of Sanctuary into the Streets

Register for the March Conscience Call - Expanding Sanctuary Friday, March 24, 1:00 p.m. (ET)

On this call, dive deep into the spiritual legacy of sanctuary and the many ways it can be created: physical shelter, public policy, communities, networks of protection, and more. We’ll hear about how we can expand sanctuary in our own contexts, with small-group breakouts (online!).

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PATH TOWARD SANCTUARY--Monday, February 27, 2017

Wondering what your options might be for effective congregational action in a heightened time of hostility and violence and possible deportations? This webinar will review a range of strategies appropriate for congregations of many sizes and political contexts. Hear inspiring examples of what UURISE, some UU congregations are already doing and what resources the UUA, UUSC, the UU College of Social Justice! Know that often your most effective step will not be to offer physical sanctuary. Content will cover a range of supportive, organizing and policy advocacy options and preview additional upcoming webinars. REGISTER HERE!  Groups strongly encouraged to watch together! (This will be recorded and available on-line after the event.)

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Online Discernment & Training Opportunities

SOLIDARITY and SANCTUARY Webinar Series

In light of the current political climate... Are you wondering what effective congregational action might be in this heightened time of hostility, violence and possible deportations? This webinar will review a range of actionable and empowering strategies appropriate for congregations of many sizes and political contexts. Hear inspiring examples of what some UU congregations are already doing and what resources UURISE, the UUA, UUSC, the UU College of Social Justice have to offer! Be assured that often the most effective steps may not be to offer physical sanctuary so all congregations may participate. Content will cover a range of supportive, organizing and policy advocacy options. Clergy Only: Tuesday January 17, 3:00-4:15pm (ET) Register here Open to All: Sunday, January 22, 3:30-4:45pm (ET) Groups strongly encouraged to watch together!  (This will be recorded and available on-line after the event.) Register here TWO ADDITIONAL WEBINARS!  Led by Katia Hansen, President and CEO of UURISE, and The College of Social Justice, will focus specifically on what it means to become a Sanctuary congregation and how to get there. We’ll also consider other ways to be in solidarity with those most at risk in this new political landscape. Faithful Discernment: Is Your Congregation Called to Offer Sanctuary? Monday, January 30, 7:00-9:00 pm (ET) Register here The Path Toward Sanctuary: A Practical Guide Monday, February 27 7:00-9:00 pm (ET) Register here

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! People's lives are hanging in the balance and they are needing our empowered and effective response.  Sign Up Today!



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Diary from 2016 UU Border Trip

"But for those who have come for the first time and even for those who have come before, it has been hard to keep our eyes off the Wall that defines the border. It is formidable and imposing."

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Nurturing Resilience: Turning the Page on Hate

There's one week left to register for upcoming CIPC Statewide Conference! Many exciting breakout sessions are available, like "From Incarceration Nation to Liberation", which challenges immigration detention and draws connections to prison abolition work. Read more about this session and others at: bit.ly/CAimm2016

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Call Governor Brown for Immigrant Justice

Three important immigration bills are awaiting Governor Brown's signature. We are excited to bring more justice into the lives of all people residing in California! Please take a minute to ask Governor Brown to sign these important bills.

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Join us for a RefugeesWelcome Guidebook Project Data Party

Join us as we collect and organize resources and information for the Refugees Welcome Guidebook Project. Bring your laptop if you have one and come be part of this amazing event! For more information on the RefugeesWelcome Guidebook Project, visit http://refugeeswelcomeguide.org. Email monicabcurca@gmail.com with any questions. The event is in Claremont, California, with the address provided following registration.

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Immigrant Day 2016 was a success!

Thanks to everyone who joined with hundreds of immigrants and advocates from across California for Immigrant Day 2016!WP_20160523_09_02_51_Pro It was a successful day of advocacy, education and unity, where we raised a unified voice in Sacramento in support of state proposals that advanced immigrant integration and prosperity for all Californians.  Community leaders participated in over 100 legislative visits with their respective elected representatives. During the day, one of the policy priorities, the TRUTH Act (AB 2792), was voted on the Assembly floor and passed! We're also excited to report continued success on other priorities. The One California budget proposal has been presented to the Governor with a $30 million investment for 2016-17. The Governor has until the end of June to approve the investment.Finally, SB 10 (Lara) Providing Access to All Californians to Covered California, another of the policy priority, was signed by Governor Brown just last week!

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Support Syrian Refugees

The Immigrant Justice Team of UU Justice Ministry of California will begin to closely align with the work being carried out by CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) whose mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. We will also follow the lead of the UU Service Committee and their call to support Syrian Refugees. Download the UUSC talking points on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. JOIN UUJM’s new “UU Network for Immigrant Justice.” Help us build a collective UU voice of compassion for refugees and our undocumented neighbors. Let’s work towards just and humane immigration reform. Sign up now!

OTHER ACTIONS TO FOLLOW:
  • Supporting CAIR in urging your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor House Resolution 569 which condemns “...violence, bigotry and hateful rhetoric targeting American Muslims...”
  • Working through local interfaith organizations, join actions they are sponsoring to support Mosque and/or Islamic centers near you.
  • Encouraging the governing body of your community to pass a resolution welcoming Syrian Refugees. A sample resolution can be found here.
  • Visiting asylum-seeking Muslim immigrants who are languishing in detention centers. As of December 1, more than 100 throughout the country went on a hunger strike demanding their release to continue working on their case rather than being incarcerated.


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