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TOWARD JUSTICE

THE E-NEWSLETTER OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SERVICE COMMITTEE
SPRING 2017 VOL. 1
Dear Kevin,

Over the past 100 days (and counting), the Trump administration’s conduct has called into question not only its commitment to human dignity but also its commitment to democracy and freedom. However, in spite of the numerous attempts by the current administration to chill civil and human rights and warp our sense of democracy, I am heartened by the joy and resistance that I see every day.

Earlier this week, on International Workers Day, UUSC and our friends at the UUA joined with other local faith communities, unions, the Movement for Black Lives, Mijente, Cosecha, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and the May 1st Coalition. We marched in Chelsea, Mass. to protest the criminalization of immigrants and communities of color, policies that threaten the planet, and economic inequality.

That morning, staff also joined an intersectional group of activists from Boston’s Latinx, Haitian, Chinese, and Muslim communities (organized in part by former UUSC partner, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) at the Massachusetts State House. The group called on legislators to pass the Safe Communities Act, which would implement statewide policies to protect immigrant and Muslim communities from deportation raids and threats to civil liberties.

As an international human rights advocacy organization, UUSC works with 76 partners in 27 foreign countries and across the United States on issues related to economic justice, climate justice, and rights at risk. Grounded in a deep belief in love, equality, and humanity, we fight in partnership with the oppressed. These first 100 days have reinforced the power of community and the need to unite our forces. UUSC will continue to amplify the grassroots voices of those we work with and do everything we can to disrupt structural sources of oppression that create and reinforce systems of inequality. I thank you for your support as we move forward together.

Below you will find an exciting update about Love Resists, a new campaign from the UUA, UUSC and the UU College of Social Justice (CSJ). You’ll also hear about a multi-pronged resistance effort already happening in Texas and learn more about training opportunities for the next generation of social justice activists.

In solidarity,

Rachel Freed
Vice-President and Chief Program Officer


NEWS & UPDATES 

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In the wake of the 2016 election results, the UUA, UUSC, and UUCSJ came together to support a growing resistance movement that counters fear- and hate-mongering policies and actions from city councils to the halls of Congress and the White House.Love Resists aims to activate people of faith and conscience to resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities, and create a safer, more just, welcoming, and sustainable world. The campaign offers a prophetic approach to responding to this political moment in the United States, helping to build the wider movement of resistance.

To date, nearly 15,000 individuals have joined Love Resists by signing a “Declaration of Conscience,” pledging to stand on the side of love, protect the most vulnerable, defend core values that are under attack, and commit themselves to speak out and to act in support of fundamental human rights. Join us by adding your name today!
MOVEMENTS DON’T SIT STILL, SOMETIMES, THEY MARCH & SIT-IN!

Love is resisting in Texas this week, where UUSC’s Austin-based partner, Grassroots Leadership, joined with community members and faith leaders at Governor Abbot’s office on May Day to protest the hateful SB4 bill that just cleared the Texas state legislature. This extreme anti-immigrant legislation would further criminalize immigrant communities and eviscerate immigrants’ civil rights in Texas by requiring police to conduct “show me your papers” searches and comply with ICE “detainers” that violate the U.S. constitution.

UUSC is partnering with other front-line community activists and UU faith allies in Texas to stand up and say no to SB4, including La Unidad 11, which is building local protection networks statewide to resist deportation raids, the Texas UU Justice Ministry, and the UU State Action Network in Texas.

Last Saturday, staff took to the streets for the Boston People’s Climate Mobilization, a sister march to the People’s Climate Movement in Washington, D.C., of which UUSC was a partnering organization. In these actions, we’ve joined thousands of people from across the globe in sharing a message of resistance to policies and actions that would target Muslims, tear apart immigrant families living in the United States, criminalize people on the basis of their identity, roll back environmental and workplace protections, and much more.


ACTIVATE YOUTH JUSTICE

REGISTER TODAY!

Are you a high school-aged youth (14-18) who is passionate about social justice? Or do you know someone who is? It’s time to Activate Youth Justice with the UUCSJ this summer!


“My UUCSJ experience last summer was my favorite week of my entire summer.”
– Isak, Activate Boston 2016

“The Activate programs have become a very important part of my development in every way.
I am so grateful for the opportunities provided.”
– Jenna, Activate Tucson 2015, Activate Boston 2016

UUCSJ is offering three Activate Youth Justice immersive learning opportunities in June, July, and August. Registration deadlines are approaching later this month, and generous financial aid is available!

Learn more at uucsj.org/youth.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

UUSC is constantly sharing updates about our work and partners, information about ways to get involved and take action, and analysis on issues that impact communities we work with and in.

Follow us on social media to stay up to date, and join in the online conversation!


ITEMS OF NOTE

Here are a few of our favorite blogs from the past month. Click to read and make sure to share online!


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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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