This October, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, Unitarian Universalists, and Standing on the Side of Love will join Puente Human Rights Movement, #Not1More, Mijente and others for a national mobilization calling for an end to human rights violations against migrant, Black and Brown communities in Maricopa County. Read more and join us HERE!
Love has no borders, love keeps families together, love respects the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
Standing on the Side of Love supporters have been instrumental faith voices advocating for immigration justice, standing in solidarity with our immigrant justice partners across the country. The past few years have seen both heart-warming victories in the migrant justice movement, and heart-breaking steps backwards. You can take action NOW to ask Congress to Stand on the Side of Love with Immigrant Families!
Our partners at the UU College of Social Justice offer incredible educational journeys across the world, and the U.S., including several journeys a year to the U.S./Mexico border, where human rights are at stake. Through meetings with partners, listening to migrants tell their stories, and walking the dangerous desert paths so many of them risk in crossing the border, you will experience the depth of the immigration crisis firsthand. UUCSJ works closely with partner organizations, like BorderLinks, and when you go on a journey with UUCSJ, know that it is grounded in theological reflection and conversations about how our faith calls us forward to action. You’ll return home prepared and inspired to be a leader for immigration justice.
Say “Not One More”
As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington, so too do the deportations that rip families apart. In response, our partners at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) have launched #Not1More, a collaborative project to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration enforcement policies through organizing, art, legislation, and action. Click here to add your voice and say #Not1More.
Resources from the UUA on immigration justice
The UUA has a long history of standing on the side of love with immigrants. Access worship materials, educational resources, congregational stories and so much more here.
The Sanctuary Movement was revived in 2014, with UUs in many cities getting involved, including First Unitarian Denver. Arturo Armando Hernandez Garcia remains in sanctuary there in early 2015, and signatures are still needed on his petition to remain with his family in the U.S.
Witness for Justice
Get together with allies in your community to hold a vigil or visibility event and raise your voices publicly for compassionate immigration reform. Although there is little hope for progressive legislation that will pass in this current Congress, there is still much work to be done so that Congress does not pass anti-immigrant bills. If you hold an advocacy meeting with your member of Congress, this is a great time to also witness outside your representative’s district office. Send a petition to the 114th Congress and ask them to stand on the side of love with immigrant families!
Here are some tips for a successful witness event:
Bring your Standing on the Side of Love gear (shirts, banners, placards) along with signs for Compassionate Immigration Reform.
Let the media know that you are talking and praying with your members of Congress. For talking point ideas, see the Interfaith Immigration Coalition Communication Toolkit.
Songs, testimonials, and prayers will enliven your vigil. See UU Worship Materials on Immigration for inspiration!