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May 2013: Would you fast to end deportations? Nuns on the Bus & More

Dear Friends,

As the push for compassionate immigration reform gains momentum, many of our partners are engaging our communities in creative ways to build this movement for justice. Learn about NDLON’s Not 1 More Deportation Campaign & National Fast, the Gamaliel Network’s Church Basement Hearings on Immigration, and the “Nuns on the Bus” Tour for Immigration Reform!  And please, if you haven’t already, sign up with the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign for Compassionate Immigration for an advocacy visit with your representatives.  Lastly, ACLU has put together a great graphic flyer for immigrants explaining what the proposed immigration reform bill does and doesn’t contain. Si se puede!

1) Join National Fast to Say Not 1 More Deportation!

People of faith are joining day laborers, members of  immigrant communities, and organizations within the National Day Laborer Organizing Network who are holding a rolling fast that began on May Day in Mountainview, CA and continues through Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and other sites over the course of the next month and a half.  As it becomes clear that the national immigration debate is going to continue over the summer, NDLON is looking for people to extend the fast in their cities.  Would you and members of your congregation fast for immigrant justice?

Participants are bringing a moral voice to shift the immigration debate as they publicly share their stories of the impact of deportations on their own lives to say “Not One More” and urge the President to suspend deportations as Congress seeks immigration reform.

You can sign up for the fast in whatever amount of time works for you, e.g. one day or more (including breaking fast at sundown etc.).  Some congregations are choosing a week and having a different person fast each day and then gathering at church each day after work for prayer and reflection.  To learn more and support fasts already in progress see the website.  

To begin one in your city (or to bring a fast back to a city that has already had one, but this time with UUs involved), contact Omar Henriquez.at oah@ndlon.org.  Please also contact Susan Leslie at sleslie@uua.org so that we can coordinate dates.

2) Hold a Church Basement Hearing on Immigration

As people of faith, we are shaped by stories–our personal stories, the stories of our neighbors, the stories of our communal life, and the stories of spirit. Church basement hearings provide us with the opportunity to tell stories, particularly stories about immigration, and to share them in a sacred space within the context of sacred relationships. By inviting decision-makers to be part of story-telling, we put a “face” on the issue of immigration. More importantly, we place them in the position of acknowledging that comprehensive immigration reform is about the lives of real people, not ideology and political parties. This toolkit from Gamaliel’s Dream for All campaign shows you how to gather partners, invite representatives, and organize a “Church Basement Hearing.”

The Gamaliel Network and their partners are helping organize hearings around the country.

3) Join Nuns on the Bus in your community

NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus are back on the road driving for faith, family, and citizenship — traveling across the United States — 6,500 miles over 15 states — 53 events in 40 cities — standing with immigrants, faith-filled activists, and Catholic Sisters who serve immigrant communities.

Sr. Simone Campbell, organizer of the bus tour, met with UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and joined UU Mass Action for their advocacy day in April, advocating for the Massachusetts Trust Act, which would separate state and local police from immigration enforcement.  She’s asked us to invite you to meet them on their tour stops and wear your “Love’ shirts.  

For more information and tour dates, see  http://www.networklobby.org/bus

4) Sign Up! Standing on the Side of Love Compassionate Immigration Reform Campaign Advocacy Visits!

Over 65 Congregations already have.  See http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/cir/ to sign up and get Talking Points and information on how to set up a visit and more!

5) What Can Immigration Reform Do For You? 

ACLU has put together a great graphic flyer for immigrants explaining what the proposed immigration reform bill does and doesn’t contain.   Learn more about the various paths to citizenship this legislation offers.

As always, let us know what you are doing and how we can help!

In faith and hope,  

Annette, Audra, Jennifer, Jessica, Meredith, Susan, and Taquiena

UUA Witness Ministries staff

See www.uua.org/immigration for resources, organizing campaigns, stories, policy info and more!

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