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!

Join the conversation! You can sign-up for our email list, an online community for California UUs passionate about immigrant justice! Click here to sign up.


WEBINAR: Tues. Feb. 27th, 7pm

TWO QUESTIONS... How can your church become a Sanctuary? What can your church do to be an ally to DACA recipients?

Get Ideas, Get Inspired and Join the conversation at our next UUJM Roundtable!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7pm

PANELISTS: Rev. Beth Banks Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis (UUCD), Beth worked with political refugees prior to becoming a U minister, and has participated in border trips with both the UU College of Social Justice and UU Justice Ministry of California.

Beth works closely with Andrea Gaytan, Executive Director of the AB 540 Undocumented Student Center at the University of California in Davis, who introduced Beth to the leadership of SPEAK (Scholars Promoting Education, Awareness and Knowledge), a student university group of approximately 60 students, including those who are protected by DACA, those who do not qualify for the benefits of DACA as well as student allies. Members of the congregation are starting to work directly with the students.

Kathy Robertson A journalist for more than 30 years, Kathy’s coverage of health care, labor, law and immigration has appeared in The Davis Enterprise, The Sacramento Bee, The Sacramento Business Journal, The California Health Care Report and the California Labor Relations Report.

A UUCD member, Kathy was a part of the Sanctuary Discernment Team in June 2017 to assess community needs, gauge congregational interest and craft a sanctuary policy to address the new environment. On October 29, 2017, UUCD voted to become a Sanctuary Congregation.

For the SPEAK group, Kathy helped to author two successful grant proposals which totaled $13,000.

This UUJM Roundtable is sponsored by the UUJM Immigrant Justice Team.

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Webinar: IMMIGRATION DETENTION--Visiting Programs and Alternatives to Detention


UUJM Roundtable…

building stronger collaboration among California UUs by lifting up and learning about the justice ministry of our congregations.

Monday, December 4, 2017, 7pm IMMIGRATION DETENTION: Visiting Programs and Alternatives to Detention

GUEST SPEAKERS: Kathy Smith, First UU San Diego, and SOLACE (Souls Offering Love and Compassionate Ears) is a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. An interfaith program, SOLACE visits immigrants & asylum seekers detained at Otay Detention Facility in San Diego. Jan Meslin, Orange Coast UU, and CIVIC Jan is a founder of Friends of Orange County Detainees, which started in 2012 and remains sponsored by Tapestry UU Congregation in Mission Viejo. Today, Jan is Director of Social Change for CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement), an organization which is devoted to abolishing U.S. immigration detention through two main strategies, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. This webinar is hosted by UUJM Immigrant Justice Team. At 7pm on December 4, join the Webinar here. Take away ideas of how to bring yourself and/or your congregation to the table.

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#LoveResists Webinar

Criminalization: Mass Incarceration, Deportation, and Surveillance Today
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the entire world - and who ends up detained has a lot more to do with race, sexual orientation and gender identity, mental illness, immigration status, and poverty than what they are detained for. We see criminalization in action when undocumented immigrants receive felony criminal convictions for re-entering the country after deportation, when police officers have quotas to meet for a number of arrests and fines and go into communities of color to meet those quotas, and when Muslims nationally live under enhanced surveillance in the name of "counter-terrorism." Speakers Include: • Jacinta Gonzalez, Field Director, Mijente (Phoenix, AZ) • Fatema Ahmad, Deputy Director, Muslim Justice League (Boston, MA) • Jamila Hammami, Executive Director, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (NYC, NY) • Ruth Idakula, Co-Director of Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal / Dignity in Schools Coordinating Committee Member (New Orleans, LA)
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July 27, 2018 Border trips

The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California hosts experiential learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico Border. Register now! July 27 - 30, 2018 For more information about our justice journeys to the border, visit

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Hello Governor Brown ...

... please sign AB208.

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Immigration: What Now?

Listen to our webinar on September 14, 2017 related to next steps in immigrant justice. Following the federal administration's announcement of their intention to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and the negotiations around Senate Bill 54 (the "Sanctuary State" legislation) in the California legislature, we gathered online for a conversation with UUJMCA's Executive Director as well as Katia Hansen, President and CEO of UURISE. A few things mentioned in the video:

  • You can take action to protect DREAMers by clicking here, which will take you to the UUJMCA e-Advocacy Portal. If you put in your address, it will load the phone numbers to your federal officials for you and give you talking points.
  • To join our Immigrant Justice Email List, click here. This list is made up of UUs justice-makers who work on immigrant justice in their communities and/or congregations. Feel free to share and receive ideas, knowledge, up-to-date information and support from others as well as communications from UUJMCA's Immigrant Justice Action Team.
  • Senate Bill 29 is still alive. The Governor has not signed or vetoed the measure, so it is critical we express our thoughts on the "Dignity Not Detention" legislation. Click here for more information.

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Final push...SB29

Let the Governor know he has to sign.

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Immigrant Justice Action

Join the ICE of Out of California Coalition!

Fight for all California!

Transportation available, register here.

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Immigrant Justice Action Needed: 2017 Immigrant Day Outcome #ImmDay17

The Reverend Dr. Betty Stapleford speaks at the 2017 Immigrant Day in Sacramento. News reports estimated one thousand people gathered to rally and meet with our legislators.

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Walk/Talk Your UU Values

SB54 (The California Values Act) would declare California public schools, hospitals, libraries and courthouses sanctuary places from immigration enforcement. In the California Senate, amendments were made to the bill to meet the concerns of moderate legislators, and SB54 now allows local law enforcement agencies to notify ICE about individuals convicted of serious or violent felonies and to cooperate with ICE on task forces unrelated to deportations. SB29 (The Dignity Not Detention Act) would:

  1. Stop local government from being complicit in the creation and renewal of certain contracts with for-profit immigration detention facilities.
  2. Make the currently unenforceable national immigration detention standards the law in California and provide additional protections for detained LGBTQ immigrants.
  3. Allow the state to enforce violations of these protections.
SB54 and SB29 are two bills awaiting a vote from California Assembly.

Please call your Assembly person today in support.  (Find your elected official here).

You are also urged to join Immigrant Justice leaders gathering in Sacramento on May 15, 2017 to lobby California elected officials on SB54, SB29, and other important immigrant justice bills. The full 2017 Policy Agenda for this session can be found here.  Immigrant Lobby Day is an annual event sponsored by the California Immigrant Policy Center.

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