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Sometimes we must raise our voices

Sometimes we must raise our voices

In the story “”Facing the Dragon,” SSL Campaign Director Caitlin Breedlove writes: ”Our faith wakes us up in the morning, reminding us that we are called to act in this time. “

Five days after the “United Against Hate” protest of a political event in Fountain Hills, AZ, a large coalition led by Puente Arizona rallied again at the State Capitol in Phoenix to protest the introduction of several new anti-immigration bills in Arizona. Many Unitarian Universalists standing on the side of love were in the coalition.

Puente is a grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix. They write on puenteaz.org: “We develop, educate, and empower migrant communities to protect and defend our families and ourselves in order to enhance the quality of life of our community members.”

Building Sanctuary: A Duty to Each Other

Building Sanctuary: A Duty to Each Other

We’re excited to share as part of the 30 Days of Love because our collaborations with the UUs have taught us so much about love in action.  De-escalating through song when armed minutemen came to our joint rally outside of Sheriff Arpaio’s jail in Arizona in 2011. Opening your doors to house and feed us as we drove cross country for the undocubus in 2012. Continuing to show up in yellow shirts over and over, a constant accompaniment that doesn’t go unnoticed. Rehanging #BlackLivesMatter banners after they’ve been desecrated. And in some cases, opening your physical institutions as sanctuary for those hunted by our own government.

Our Faith Calls Us to Act

Our Faith Calls Us to Act

We are living in a time when communities face heightened harassment, criminalization, detention, and deportation. As the U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement continues to target, detain, and deport migrant families and children, our faith calls us to act. At a time when we wait for a decision from the Supreme Court determining the possibility of justice for millions of migrants living in the United States, our faith calls us to act. 

We must stand on the side of love as advocates for hospitality, compassion, and justice. UU congregations are taking action across the country, from collaboration with local migrant-led organizing to offering and providing Sanctuary.

We share an urgent message fromRev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, calling on each of us-- as people of faith and conscience-- to take action for immigrant justice today. May we be emboldened to take courageous action for justice. 

Welcome to 30 Days of Love: Towards Racial Justice

Welcome to 30 Days of Love: Towards Racial Justice

We are thrilled to welcome you to 30 Days of Love: Towards Racial Justice. Over the next thirty days, we’ll be sharing content- here, on Facebook and Twitter - about urgent organizing for racial justice happening around the country. We are thrilled to have Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the UUA, and Carey McDonald, Outreach Director at the UUA, acting as our inaugural 30 Days of Love hosts. 

In their role, Elizabeth and Carey will provide a short video reflection for each of our weekly messages. Centered around the themes of gratitude and wonder, it is our hope that the content of 30 Days of Love feeds and inspires you. Beginning next Tuesday, you’ll receive weekly messages from partners at the frontlines of organizing for racial justice in the country. 

Below, hear or read a little more directly from Elizabeth and Carey. To see additional resources for your observance of 30 Days of Love, click here.