Immigrant Rights, Detention & Deportation



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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Online Discernment & Training Opportunities


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

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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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