The 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.
Below is a video from 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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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:
- Stop local government from being complicit in the creation and renewal of certain contracts with for-profit immigration detention facilities.
- Make the currently unenforceable national immigration detention standards the law in California and provide additional protections for detained LGBTQ immigrants.
- Allow the state to enforce violations of these protections.
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.
UPDATE: April 20, 2017--Following intense global public outcry and extensive efforts to track him down, US citizen and human rights activist Hugo Castro was found alive on Tuesday, April 19th! Yet, while thankfully he is not another statistic in a country where thousands disappear each year, he is far from safe. Hugo appears to have been the victim of a serious crime. He has sustained severe injuries and remains in critical condition.
Please consider contributing to Bring Hugo Castro Home.
[Earlier: Beloved human rights activist, U.S. citizen, Hugo Chavez, was on humanitarian mission with Viacrucis/Caravana del Refugiado 2017. He has not been heard from since Thursday, April 13. Hugo's wife, Gaba Cortes will be heading to Mexico City to continue the search for her husband.]
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!).
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.)