On May 1st members of immigrant, refugee, Muslim, Black and Brown, indigenous, LGBTQ communities, workers, women, environmental justice activists, and all who support a vibrant and diverse future for our country will Rise Up because interdependence means that none of us are free until we are all free.
We’re coming together across the country in 100 cities to resist the current administration’s deportation machine, it’s ‘law and order’ agenda, and the scapegoating and criminalization of whole communities. We’ll take collective action for collective liberation and against policies that threaten our planet and our collective well-being.
The UUA and Standing on the Side of Love are joining other faith communities, unions, the Movement for Black Lives, Mijente and migrant rights organizations, climate justice groups, indigenous networks, and a massive spectrum of progressive allies. We’re uniting ‘beyond the moment’ to build inclusive coalitions for justice and raise our voices as people of conscience. We’ll be building on the momentum of the Women’s March, the People’s Climate March on April 29th, and the Beyond the Moment month of action that began on April 4th, the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech and his assassination a year later, and culminates on May day.
On May 1st we will demonstrate our economic power, build collective power through intersectional coalitions, and engage in political and corporate advocacy. There will be walk-outs, strikes, actions, marches, town halls, boycotts, and on-the ground and online advocacy. Whether you and your congregation or community can join a march or send dozens of postcards to Congress, organize a walk out from your workplaces or schools, or pledge not to shop on that day, you can live our UU values and be part of Rise Up!
Local organizing is happening all across the country. To find an action near you, along with communications and political education toolkits, see www.uua.org/RiseUpMay1.
UU minister and historian Rev. Dr. Qiyamah Rahman writes, “Now is the time…. to hold to the steadfast hands and hearts and prayers of the ancestors that have brought us this far. Time to make them proud and show them, and ourselves, what we are made of.”
Sign up here to connect with us and rise up with love on May First!
Susan Leslie, DiDi Delgado, Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen and Nora Rasman
UUA Witness Ministries and Standing on the Side of Love