A wonderful opportunity!The UUA/Poor People's Campaign has reached out to UUJEC to join their effort for economic justice. We've always felt we were a good fit but somehow never connected. We need volunteers This great opportunity means we need to increase our capacity. Our volunteers will meet for an hour meeting monthly and a few more hours to do the actual work. We need leaders and workers. Please send an email to email@example.com and we'll get you set up. Looking for poor people to share their story Can you help point the council towards any UUs that are low-income folks, perhaps willing to speak of that experience (to witness) as part of a Church of the Larger Fellowship service on June 14, 2020, centered on PPC? See PPC video. More ways to help
I'm writing to ask if UUJEC can do several things to support UU involvement in the PPC, especially in these final days leading into Sat. June 20th -- a major milestone for PPC. See the UUA announcement on the formation of a UU leadership council HERE or UUSJ's promulgation in our May eNews, of which I am a part. (Several council members are CCed here.)
As you know, this is a deeply troubling moment in our nation, rife with an unfolding national conversation about the disproportionate economic impacts of the pandemic and the cross-cutting role of systems of criminalization and racial injustice as entrenched policy and social structures. For this reason, it feels even more deeply important for UUs to support campaigns that center the leadership of poor and low-income people, people of color, and other disenfranchised folks in our society. The PPC is such a campaign.
So I'd ask on behalf of the UUA’s PPC Leadership Council for several steps in the assistance of the council and our UU denomination's commitment to the PPC.
UUJEC Contacts: Very Timely/Urgent -- Can you help connect the council with any UUs that are low-income folks, willing to speak of that experience (to witness) as part of a Church of the Larger Fellowship service on June 14, 2020, centered on PPC? I'm thinking of folks perhaps like your brave UUJEC member who spoke directly to Sen. Portman (OH) during our joint UU conference in 2017 (Reversing Inequality: Healthcare Justice is a UU Value). Personal stories like his will help the PPC council win hearts and minds.
UUJEC Promotion: Can you promulgate the special UU RSVP for June 20th and encourage UUs in the UUJEC network to register and attend several times going into June 20th in ~10 days? In so doing you'd be joining the UUA, SideWithLove, and UUSJ. You can see in UUSJ’s June eNews and our events list how UUSJ is striving to promote (in part). You may have seen some of our eBlasts. UUSJ is also posting events and content to Facebook as possible. Please consider closely what UUJEC can do to support the promotion of PPC. Here is the PPC's digital toolkit that offers text & graphics to make things easier.
UUJEC Connection: Rev. Robin Tanner, NJ is a UU minister from NJ and also a lead national faith organizer for the PPC. She might be able to speak to UUJEC stakeholders to explain the PPC campaign and its goals and especially its economic justice commitments. I will comment here, I can think of few national campaigns beyond the PPC that are so clearly aligned with UUJEC's general interest in restructuring the American economy away from escalating inequality, rampant inequity, and towards justice, equity, and service to the human condition.
UUJEC Follow-on: Please consider having an internal conversation during the next month or so, on if or how UUJEC can support UU mobilization and participation in the PPC heading towards November. It is my understanding after we “click” past June 20th the PPC will be more focused on Voter Mobilization and GOTV activity engaging poor and low-income participation. As you know from our two conferences together, if we can get candidates who take structural inequity and inequality seriously as a policy area, we will have more traction and support for policies in the next congress that reflect UU values and principles. This is generally consistent with UUA's UU the Vote campaign, and UUSJ's joint project with Reeb Voting Rights Project (review an upcoming event June 17 HERE or RSVP). On how PPC activity dovetails with UU the Vote, Susan Leslie, UUA might offer referrals to specific staff.
It is my sincere hope that UUJEC can look at what is possible in response to this request for connection and assistance from the UUA PPC Leadership Council.
In love and for justice,
Over two days from June 9th and 10th, Jesuit Ministries in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma will host a virtual Vigil (a devotional watching or keeping awake in the Catholic tradition) calling for support of and financial relief for undocumented workers in Washington State during this time of COVID-19. This effort was initially conceived and supported by over 430 organizations across Washington State in a letter to the Governor, including several Jesuit organizations. This vigil is in support of our collective efforts to demand dignity, justice and wellness for our immigrant & refugee communities. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE The Vigil will include statements from faith leaders, state representatives, undocumented workers, and service providers, along with prayers and music. Previously, these Jesuit ministries authored a letter and action alert calling for a WA State fund to support these workers. Vigil leaders and presenters come from Jesuit works in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma, numbering almost 2,500 households, , and hundreds of their parishioners will participate online. There will also be a limited number of participants standing in vigil in person at St. Joseph Parish in Seattle. The vigil will be widely publicized in all three communities and across the state. We expect there will be at least 200 participants online. WHO: Jesuit ministries in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma live-streaming on Zoom and providing live witness at St. Joseph in Seattle (932 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA, 98112. WHAT: A Vigil in support of undocumented workers in Washington State. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE REGISTER HERE WHEN:
Tell Congress to Include Immigrants in the Next Relief Package Congress's COVID-19 relief efforts have excluded many immigrants from their public health and economic stimulus policies. With Congress likely to pass additional legislation as soon as next month, it is time to speak up! Our partners at Protecting Immigrant Families have put together this easy way to send an email to your congressional representatives asking them to make sure the next relief package includes everybody. Urge Washington State Leadership to Create a Worker Relief Fund Particularly because the federal government has so far failed to adequately protect immigrant communities from the current crisis, we need our state and local governments to step up. That’s why NWIRP was proud to join over 430 organizations across Washington State in calling on Governor Inslee and our state legislature to create a “Washington Worker Relief Fund” to provide $100 million in emergency relief to undocumented Washingtonians and to work towards a more permanent system of support for unemployed workers who do not qualify for the current system. We invite you to join us: click here to directly support our call to action. Join Our “Immigration for Beginners” Webinar on Friday April 24th, 2020 Want to learn more about the basics of the immigration system in the United States and how NWIRP is defending and advancing the rights of immigrants? Please join us on Friday from 11:00 A.M to 12:00 Noon for this free webinar. Thank you for your continued support. We are proud to have you standing with us during this challenging time. Together, we can continue to make this country a more welcoming place for our immigrant neighbors.
- Sat. April 25th 9:30 – 11:30 AM: Personal Narrative
- Sat. May 2nd 9:30 – 11:30 AM: Recruiting for the work
- Sat. May 9th 9:30 – 11:30 AM: Deep Canvassing - Conversational persuasion
- Sat. May 30th 9:30 – 11:30 AM: Congregational engagement
The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020 will not be postponed but will be transformed! We are going digital! We will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people and people of conscience in this nation’s history. The COVID-19 global pandemic is exposing the already existing crisis of poverty in America, and we are going to bombard every member of Congress and the White House so that we raise up the demands of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. We will not be able to gather physically in Washington DC, but it is paramount that we have a forum where poor and low-wealth people can share their truths with a nation that needs its heart broken. If there was ever a time for a massive outcry, it’s right now. People are hungry for bold, visionary solutions, not just to this current crisis, but to systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. Poor and low-wealth people know the solutions we need. Stay tuned for more about how we are transforming our vision to adapt to the digital space. We may be isolated, but we remain united! Forward together, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival
Panel Discussion: Bringing Social Values to Life in Our Cities, Our Communities and Our Conscience, January 5th, 2020, Seattle WA
The Mount Holyoke College Club of the Puget Sound invites you to a panel discussion. Speakers: Dr. Serin Houston, Professor of Geography and International Relations at Mount Holyoke College, and author of Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance. Dr. Anu Taranath, Principal Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas at University of Washington, and author of Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World. Ms. Sarah Mayes. Sarah has worked for four lawmakers, most recently at Seattle City Council. A transgender woman and single mother, Sarah produces and co-hosts a new podcast, By the Sound. Free and open to the public. Download flyer here.
Saturday – November 23, 2019 When: 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Free of Charge Where: East Shore Unitarian Church - 12700 SE 32nd , Bellevue Panel & Discussion with:
- Dina Burstein, Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW
- Monserrat Padilla, WA Immigrant Solidarity Network & Coordinator for the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project
- Carolyn de Ford, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Puyallup Domestic Advocacy Program
- Nickhath Sheriff, Muslim Community Resource Center
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham WA 3pm and 7:30pm. Choir of the Salish Sea, with guests the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Chalice Choir, presents a thrillingly eclectic choral program of healing and reconciliation for all the diverse people who call Whatcom County, Washington home. With songs from the Latinx, Japanese, Punjabi, Chinese, Indigenous and European communities, and music representing movements for peace and social justice in America, Africa and the Middle East, this concert will have you singing, crying, laughing and dancing in the aisles. Tickets $20/$5, available online from brownpapertickets.com: 3:00 pm performance at and the 7:30 pm performance. Photo by Paul Conrad, Bellingham Herald, 2018.
From Faith Action Network: Many of you are already responding with compassion and care for your immigrant neighbors. We are always looking for additional resources to share with our statewide network to maximize the role faith communities can play in response to workplace raids, detentions, and deportations. With El Centro de la Raza and the Anti-Defamation League, FAN is hosting a Sensitive Location Webinar on Thursday, September 5, at noon. Spend your lunchtime with us as we talk about how places of worship are sensitive locations and can protect immigrants. Click here to register. Instructions will be shared for you to join via Zoom web conferencing once you register. We know in Yakima, faith communities have been engaged with the Yakima Immigrant Response Network in witnessing ICE flights and transportation to the Northwest Detention Center. They are hosting an ICE Raid Verifier Training next week, Thursday, August 29, at 6:30 at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima. From the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) there are several calls to action this week: “The core of our Deportation Defense strategy is rapid response teams. These teams work together to verify ICE activity so that we can report back to the community where ICE is operating and whether or not they have detained people. Are you part of a team or know someone who is? Do you want to start a team? Fill out this form and let us know!” Also from WAISN, this week there were reports of ICE action in Ephrata that caused widespread fear in the Grant County Courthouse. Please take action. Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Sanctuary Downtown Seattle supporters gathered this week and continue to support Jose Robles and his family while he is in detention. Contact them to support that effort. We will continue to add resources you can use in your efforts at our NEW ADVOCACY TOOLKIT page, scroll down to immigration resources. Thank you for all you’re doing!
WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 1-3 pm. WHERE: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth St. Bellingham, WA 98225). There will be a Dignity Dialogue the day before the march where we will discuss the new WA State legislation, Keep Washington Working, and what our local government is required to do to guarantee our community is safe. We welcome Eric Gonzalez from the ACLU. As one of the key people in the Legislature leading the advocacy strategy, he will lead us through the legal implications for Whatcom County and all cities.
August 4th, Ferndale/Bellingham, WA Please note – all times are approximate; we will make every effort to stay on time Schedule for the day: 4:00 am - volunteers arrive at 1431 Sunset Ave in Ferndale 4:30 am - public is invited to arrive at 1431 Sunset Ave in Ferndale 4:30 am-5:00 am sign in & buy a commemorative March t-shirt 5:00 am - 6:00 am sunrise ceremony and mistica PARKING NOTE: there is no parking at the detention center. Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to carpool or take a shuttle. There will be a shuttle sign up post coming soon! If you drive to Ferndale for the beginning of the march, please park in the Hardware Sales or Lummi Market parking lot, or make sure that you are not parking somewhere you can be towed. 6:00 am the march begins 7:00 am the march stops at Michael Moore Park in Ferndale, breakfast is served 9:00 am the march arrives at Crystal View for an action 12:30 pm the march arrives at Meridian High School. Water and snacks will be provided 3:00 pm the march arrives at the end point, the Jardîn de Agroecologica, 495 E Bakerview *PLEASE NOTE: the parking at 495 E Bakerview is reserved for church parishioners, and for set up and clean up volunteer crews for the march. Please arrange your carpools from elsewhere. There will be shuttles at the end of the day to get people back to their cars. *FOOD: At the end of the march – TACOS, Tadeo’s will have their food truck set up in addition to the Potluck *POTLUCK - the end of the march has always included a potluck to celebrate community through food. There will be two parking spots reserved for potluck drop off. You can drop your potluck dish at 495 E Bakerview Rd between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Bring Cold salads: such as pasta, vegetable, potato, bean OR desserts Special NOTE: Please bring it in a dish you do not care about getting back or in recyclable dish with recyclable serving utensil, we will dispose left over dishes – we cannot take responsibility for getting it back to you at the end of the day. We do not have storage for potluck dishes. There will be a separate post on our Facebook page with more food and Pot Luck details *WHAT TO BRING TO THE MARCH: Water (please bring a reusable water bottle. There will be water filling stations along the route) sunscreen comfortable shoes hat/bandana/any clothing that you use to keep you protected from the sun Wear white (white C2C t shirts will be available for sale at the march) dress in layers snacks if you need them anything medical or otherwise that you need to take care of yourself. This is a 14 mile march. It is likely to be hot and dusty. Take care of yourself.
On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Check the website here for events throughout the area and find one to participate in!
Faith Action Network supports the ad hoc coalition for a Constellation of Lights for Liberty to organize vigils locally and nationally this week in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. We invite you to hold vigils across the state in your faith communities this coming Friday night, June 12, or join a pre-planned vigil. Please register your vigil and share the Facebook page so people in your community know where to find the vigil closest to them. Consider including an action opportunity as part of the resolve of your vigils -- take up a collection of postcards to your Congresspersons or make time for people to email during the vigil. If you’re nearby, on Saturday June 13 travel to the Northwest Detention Center at 12:30 PM for a family-friendly event to support detained persons and learn how to do more. Join a Close the Camps rally being planned for Seattle and beyond. Let us know your plans at FAN@fanwa.org so we can highlight your place in the constellation.
Go to bottom of the post, Washington state vigils.
MAY 1, 2019 (Bellingham)
In August 2018, 16 workers were detained by ICE in Bellingham while on their way to work. Nearly eight months later, 9 of those workers have been deported and 7 are awaiting hearings to gain visas and work permits. None of the men who were released on bond are allowed to work until those hearings go through. All of the families affected by this raid have been living without an income since the raid happened.
This benefit will honor the workers in our community who are facing detention and deportation everyday. There will be live music, a silent auction, and a panel discussion with the workers whose lives were interrupted by ICE last year. Come stand in solidarity with these families and learn more about the challenges for undocumented workers in Bellingham. 7:00 pm. Appetizers, beer and wine will be provided.
The event will be at Local Group Studio, 221 Prospect Street Bellingham.
Tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4213182
It’s a hopeful sign to see so many people of faith offer their church buildings and other spaces to house people fighting deportation, and we also know that physical sanctuary is often a last resort. That’s why Love Resists is working with partners around the country to create a directory of accompaniment networks that support arriving asylum-seekers and community members facing deportation.
When we expand sanctuary into our communities by participating in accompaniment networks and sponsoring and hosting asylum-seeking families and individuals, we love in concrete ways. In an accompaniment model, there is much more that we can do to support people being criminalized for migrating and those seeking asylum.
Please join the info session on Wednesday, April 10th at 5pm PDT if you want to learn more about accompaniment networks that offer support in many ways—from raising funds for bonds to get out of detention, to obtaining legal counsel, to going to ICE and immigration court hearings, to helping meet the needs of individuals and families—as well as how to sponsor and host asylum-seekers.
Speakers include Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Rev. Dottie Mathews, and other UUs involved on the ground with sponsorship and accompaniment. Get your questions answered and learn the real nuts and bolts of how to provide this kind of community protection and solidarity to our undocumented siblings.
Join the info session Wednesday, April 10 at 5pm PDT. (Even if you're unsure if you can making, by RSVPing, you'll get a note when the webinar is posted online.)
Read a reflection from Rev. Dottie Matthews’ visit to a child detention center in Florida.
Join the accompaniment network directory.
Come with your ideas, your experiences, your questions. Together we are building a movement of resistance, support, solidarity, and love.
The Love Resists Team
Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
An urgent ask from Al Otro Lado: Do you have people in your network who can help companion children who were separated at the border to be reunited? Read more here and fill out this form to express interest in volunteering as a companion.