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July 2013Join Rev. Peter Morales: Tell the President No More Deportations

Dear Friends,

Let's Tell the President: Not One More Deportation!

Please add your name TODAY, along with UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, to a letter being delivered to  President Obama on Thursday, asking him to suspend deportations as Congress debates immigration reform.

Clergy and Congregants can still sign here.

More than a hundred people who are either facing deportation or threatened are in Washington, DC this week to bring to the immigration debate the voices of those whose futures hang in its balance.  Having been victims of Sheriff Arpaio in Arizona or the law enforcers like him in other parts of the country, they're coming to see their own cases closed and urge the President to suspend deportations.  

The outcome of the debate is uncertain but with the upcoming August recess we know that over 30,000 people will be deported while they're on break UNLESS the President is moved to expand the relief he's granted dream-eligible youth to their families, neighbors, and all potential citizens. 

The #Not1More Deportation attendees will be sleeping on hard church floors and hitting the streets every day. (More details at http://notonemoredeportation.com).

Standing on the Side of Love and the interfaith community will be joining the #Not 1 More Campaign at an Interfaith Service and Process to the White House: 

5:00pm Thursday the 25th
Interfaith Service & Procession to the White House

Lamont Park, Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington DC

At the White House, a faith petition signed by Rev. Peter Morales and other denominational faith leaders will be delivered to President Obama asking for a moratorium on deportations.  

Please add your name, along with that of UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, to a letter asking President Obama to suspend deportations as Congress debates immigration reform.

Clergy and Congregants can still sign here.

Thanks to Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, Director of Social Justice Ministries, All Souls Church – Unitarian, who will be participating in the Interfaith Service representing UUs!

What’s Next on our UU Road from Phoenix and Immigration Reform?

View General Assembly (GA) 2013 Workshop: Road from Phoenix: Building on Justice General Assembly with your congregation. 

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, B. Loewe- National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray—UU Congregation of Phoenix, Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris—Mt. Diablo UU Church of Walnut Creek CA discuss: What did we learned about Unitarian Universalist justicemaking and witness from Justice GA. How did we “take Justice GA home” to our congregations.  UU and migrant justice leaders assess our achievements together in Phoenix and across the country, transformation in our faith, and next steps for building partnerships, achieving immigration reform and continuing to build Beloved Community.

Video posted at www.uua.org/immigration

For transcript see www.uua.org/action/ga/287069.shtml.

Continue to Advocate for Compassionate Immigration Reform: Visit Your Reps this Summer

The House of Representatives will be back in their home districts from August 5th through the first week of September.  We cannot let the House leadership derail immigration reform.  Our representatives needs to hear that our faith community wants to fix this broken system and stand on the side of love with immigrant families.

Go to www.standingonthesideoflove.org/cir/ for information on how to contact your Representative, organize an advocacy visit, talking points, analysis of the legislation and more!

Once you’ve done your visit, please let us know by filling out our short post-meeting survey on the link above under ‘Meet with your Representative.’

If you are in a state with a UU State Advocacy Network, they will help you organize a visit.  See www.uustatenetworks.org.

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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