We gathered in bright Standing on the Side of Love tee shirts, with hundreds of other activists at the California State Capitol on May 20 to lobby our legislators and support our immigrant neighbors. We held a rally to mark the 17th Annual Immigrant Day in Sacramento before meeting with the offices of our state assembly members to argue for bills such as the TRUST Act to curb deportations in California.
As we walked around the capitol building behind the Standing on the Side of Love banner, our golden shirts merged with the monarch butterflies of other marchers to symbolize migration as a human right. Our Standing on the Side of Love shirts did more than give us visibility–they helped forge solidarity with other groups. People recognize our shirts and respect what they stand for.
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of California co-sponsored this year’s action with the California Immigrant Policy Center. Nearly 70 UU’s from across the state helped organize teams to meet with state assembly members by district. Many UUs had previous training and experience with legislative visits and were also knowledgeable about the issues, so they became team leaders.
We will need to follow-up our visits with letters and phone calls, but the impact of hundreds of constituents converging on the California State Capitol was felt in the halls of the Assembly.
This post was submitted by Caryl Hughan. Caryl is the Social Justice Co-Chair at UU San Mateo.