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July 2013Compassionate Immigration Reform: National Telephone Town Hall Tonight, 7pm EST & More!

Dear Friends,

As immigration reform legislation moves through Congress, it is imperative that people of faith and conscience ensure it is both compassionate and comprehensive reform.  Many coalitions and groups are deeply disappointed at the Senate’s inclusion of increased border militarization.   As the House works on their version, we need a compassionate and decisive voice to call for change.  You can learn more about what is needed as well as read responses from our various partners on the current immigration bill at www.standingonthesideoflove.org/cir.

On the Road to Winning CIR: Tonight, Join a National Telephone Town Hall for Next Steps 

Tonight, Tuesday, July 2 at 7:30pm EST join a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the next phase of our campaign and what you can do to ensure we win comprehensive immigration reform this year.  Join thousands across the country as we discuss the upcoming battle in the House and your role to secure the votes needed to win a path to citizenship for 11 million. There will be an English event at 7:30 PM EST/4:30pm PT and a Spanish event at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT. Fill out the form here to RSVP for one of these great events to learn about the next steps and how you take action.

Immigration as a Moral Issue Statement of Conscience passed at General Assembly!

Immigration as a Moral Issue was adopted as a Statement of Conscience at the 2013 General Assembly.  The final version can be read here.

Join National Day Laborer Organzing Network’s Not One More Deportation Campaign!

NotOneMoreDeportation.com is a project of NDLON meant to foster collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws. As the immigration debate continues, #Not1More enters the discussion from the place that touches people in concrete ways and can offer tangible relief. By collectively challenging unfair deportations and inequality through organizing, art, legislation, and action, we aim to reverse criminalization, build migrant power, and create immigration policies based on principles of inclusion.

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.

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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