UU Justice Action (JustAct) News
June 2012: June 20-24 National Days of Witness—No Human Being is Illegal, Building Beloved Community, Best Practice on Ending Homelessness and More!
Dear Congregational Leaders:
Join UUs around the country during National Days of Witness—No Human Being is Illegal, June 20-24! As UUs and our partners join together to witness in Phoenix at Tent City, UUs around the country will be acting in solidarity—calling the White House, signing petitions to stop Border Patrol abuses, visiting detainees in our communities, buying books from the UUA bookstore as 5% of the purchase will be donated to AZ partner groups, and holding a local witnesses in our communities. See more below for the many ways to take part in this national witness!
If you are going to General Assembly, you can still register below for the pre-Justice GA Event: Building Beloved Community & Powerful Networks for Justice! Wednesday, June 20th, 1-4 pm.
And after Justice General Assembly, our work will continue—sign up now for our July webinar on visiting detainees, “Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention: Starting a Visitation Program."
Read this issue's congregational best practice from the UU Church of Ventura, CA, who are advocating with homeless people and others to end homelessness in their community. Learn how your congregation can replicate this exemplary ministry!
Lastly, see our June Social Justice Newsletter for information about reproductive justice and more! And be sure to scroll down for our 2012-2013 Multicultural Social Justice Calendar, and start getting ready for another great year of justice-making!
Audra, Craig, Dan, Jessica, Kat, Meredith, Schuyler, Susan, and Taquiena
UUA Witness Ministries Team - See www.uua.org/justice for resources, campaign stories, and more!
Action: National Day of Witness – June 20-24 – No Human Being is Illegal! During the third week in June, thousands of Unitarian Universalists, joined by migrant workers, community allies, and interfaith partners, will lift our voices in love as we converge on Phoenix during Justice General Assembly. We will shine a light on the culture of cruelty perpetrated in our name: by state governments that pass anti-immigrant laws that lead to racial profiling and discrimination; and by a federal government whose practices—both at the border and via a for-profit system of mass detention and deportation—have created a culture of fear that terrorizes entire communities, makes us all less safe, and simply does not reflect our nation’s values.
For those of you across the country who cannot travel to Arizona, please mark June 20–24 on your calendars— and join us in solidarity by participating in your own local witness for justice and peace for migrants and migrant families!
Don’t miss this national outpouring of love! More information and resources for how you can join us in these National Days of Witness, and stand up for human rights in your own communities, can be found online.
Best Practice: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura Takes Lead on Ending Homelessness: Over the last five years, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, California has become the leader in advocating with and for homeless persons in Ventura County. Their exciting and focused work has led to significant progress within their community, from raising awareness to working with local officials on legislative and funding issues. Working alongside the city’s 10-Year Strategy to End Homelessness, UUCV has helped secure over $100,000 in funding, established Lift Up Your Voice (LUYV), a non-profit advocacy group, held annual memorial services for homeless persons and offered guided trips through ”Hidden Ventura.” Their success can be attributed to cultivating a focused approach to social justice ministry, encouraging a church culture of generosity and trust, and making budget decisions that allow the staff to spend time and energy in support of justice issues. Read the story including the action steps and resources that the congregation used to transform its justice ministry.
Training: Register for Pre-Justice GA Event: Building Beloved Community & Powerful Networks for Justice! Wednesday, June 20th, 1-4 pm Join leaders from the UU State Advocacy Networks (SAN), Congregation-Based Community Organizations, and UUA staff. We’ll share best practices and strategies for creating partnerships in our communities that are making change at the local, state, and federal level. We’ll also share tools and resources for engaging congregations. An agenda is available. Let us know what you would like to see included at this event. Please RSVP by June 1st to Nancy Banks, SAN Coordinator, at email@example.com. She will send a detailed agenda and room location.
Resource: Social Justice Calendar for 2012 - 2013: Plan your social justice calendar for the year. If your congregation’s social justice ministry is focusing on any of the issues below, you can join in collective national advocacy with the UUA, UU social justice organizations, other UU congregations, and community and national partners! As each justice event approaches, visit www.uua.org/justice for worship resources, action campaigns, educational materials and more!
UUA Bookstore Funds for AZ Partners: The UUA Bookstore is offering a special promotion for Justice GA: For every purchase (either online or at the UUA Bookstore at GA) that makes use of the code "PhoenixGA" , we'll make a contribution equal to 5% of your purchase equally divided between Comités de Defensa del Barrio and Puente AZ. If our sales using the code exceed $100,000, we'll double our donation on sales from that date until the end of GA - up to a total donation of $15,000! Note – The Bookstore has copies of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.
June Congregational Justice Bulletin features information and resources for congregations on:
- National Day of Witness for Migrant Justice —June 23rd
- Pre-Justice GA Training - Building Beloved Community & Powerful Networks for Justice!
- Immigration Resources
- Reproductive Justice at GA
- Information on Just-Act Newsletter