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See You in Phoenix!

See You in Phoenix!

Six years ago, Unitarian Universalists showed up in force in Arizona to challenge the state's racial profiling law. Now, we need you again.

On October 21-23, we are calling the nation to Phoenix to be part of ending human rights abuses against immigrant and People of Color communities in Maricopa County. 

UU's are no stranger to this fight.  You were among the first to respond when Puente and others launched the summer of human rights in 2010. Together we crafted a vision for a different kind of General Assembly and thousands of you showed up to hold vigil outside the Sheriff Department's tent city, the one referred to as a 'concentration camp,' during Justice GA in 2012.  And even as cameras moved to other headlines, UUs locally have steadfastly accompanied the movement that has brought Arizona to a tipping point.  

Showing Up to End Trans Detention

Showing Up to End Trans Detention

Today, organizations around the country are participating in the End Trans Detention National Day of Action. The Day is part of the #Not1More Deportation Week of Action. The targeted criminalization and violence trans people face is only exacerbated when they are detained. Transgender detainees make up 1 in 500 of the detention population but 1 in 5 of those who experience sexual abuse. 

On this day of action, we ask you to take a moment to support Christina Lopez, a 35 year-old trans woman in urgent need of medical care. She has been in immigration detention for over a year and a half and has Hepatitis C, but the Santa Ana City Detention Center refuses to get her medical attention. Add your name here to demand that ICE use prosecutorial discretion to immediately release Christina from detention. Christina’s story is an example of how ICE cannot guarantee the human rights, safety and dignity for immigrants in detention, in particular of a transgender immigrant with specific health care needs. 

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Join #Not1More Week of Action

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Join #Not1More Week of Action

I have just returned from a Border Witness for Clergy and Seminarians with the UU College of Social Justice and Standing on the Side of Love.  Together we heard the stories of migrants fleeing crushing poverty and violence to make the treacherous journey across the desert in search of safety and economic relief.  We visited the makeshift graves of some of those who did not make it, including the site where a 16 year old was killed by border patrol in Mexico for allegedly throwing rocks that could never reach his murderers. We witnessed the demeaning mass processing of Operation Streamline in a federal court as people chained together were brought before an immigration judge and sentenced to detention or dropped off on the other side of the border with no provisions or human support.

Fast with Arturo and Rosa

Fast with Arturo and Rosa

From June 16-18, 2015, community members will take part in a fast in Washington, D.C.; Denver; and cities across the U.S. to demand immigration policies that respect the human dignity of us all. It’s time to let the leaders of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) know that we want families to stay together! Please join the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee, Church World Service, Standing on the Side of Love, and others in this nationwide fast, "Fast with Arturo and Rosa: Hold ICE Accountable." The fast will call attention for the need to stop deportations- with particular recognition for the people currently in Sanctuary- including Arturo Hernandez Garcia, who has been in sanctuary at the First Unitarian Society of Denver for over six months. 

Arturo says: “I do this for my daughters and their lives here. Deporting me, separating me from my family, a father, a husband, a small business owner who has lived in this country for 16 years does not make sense. Please join us in this fast to hold immigration officials accountable and demand they implement discretion policies that can keep my family together and so many others.”

Walking With Jeanette: Help us take action today!

Walking With Jeanette: Help us take action today!

Jeanette Vizguerra is a fixture in the Denver justice community. Along with her three young children, we often see her at rallies, hear her speak at monthly vigils at our local detention center, and witness her tell her story at the state capitol to influence policy change. For the last 15 years, Jeanette has worked hard to bring more justice to Colorado- for workers, for immigrants, for families.

Many Unitarian Universalists in the Denver area have had the pleasure of spending time with Jeanette, inviting her to speak in our congregations or share her story with our social justice ministries. Over the years, she has helped us to better understand the ins and outs of the immigration system, what it’s like to live with the constant threat of separation from one’s family, and the impossible choices often faced by immigrants in this country. She has inspired us with her courage and her passion. And she has become a friend and mentor to many of us, when some of our own families were experiencing the threat of deportation, detention, or separation.