We are people who have always affirmed human diversity. We have always looked to the future and seen new possibilities. We must do so again. Let us be the people who break down the arbitrary barriers that divide us from them. We are one, and love and hope will guide us. Let us, together with all our brothers and sisters, build a new way. — Peter Morales, UUA President
During the 2012- 2013 church year, the Immigration Task Force invited the congregation to engage with issues of immigration justice through:
We offered two 6-week study circles on immigration, as well as a group viewing and discussion of the film Lost in Detention in conjunction with the Book and Movie Group. Religious Education brought the children of our congregation into the discussion with their Family Heritage Project, in which children told their own family immigration stories, created related art and learned about immigration. We collaborated with the Worship and Music committees on Sunday services with guest preacher Jesse Jaeger of UU Mass Action in November, and guest poet and preacher Martin Espada in January.
Advocacy and Witness
We attended numerous rallies, a vigil at the Suffolk County jail, forums, trainings and Immigration Day at the State House. We visited an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office as allies to a family with three young children, whose parents are under threat of deportation. We helped young adults fill out their paperwork for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at a day-long workshop in Lawrence.
We delivered/mailed 150 postcards to our state legislators in support of the Trust Act. Going forward, we will continue to monitor the progress toward passage of the Trust Act in the MA Legislature, and we will engage with UU Mass Action in the work necessary to assure that this bill becomes law.
If you would like to get involved with our Immigration Justice initiatives, please contact us.