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Just Acts: GA, Poor People’s Campaign, Racial & Migrant Justice & the Mid-Term Elections

Dear ,

What a season of resistance it has been. UUs have been actively engaged in both the UUA-UUSC Love Resists campaign and the multi-faith Poor Peoples Campaign. We’re learning about fusion coalitions and intersectional organizing, developing our moral courage, taking risks, and building partnerships and our capacity for real impact in making a difference in people’s lives and in shifting the political landscape. Yes, we are still ‘on the defense’ but we are building for the long haul and we’ve got our faith, our fire of commitment, and our communities to sustain us. This summer we’ll be continuing our efforts to stand in solidarity with people resisting oppression and as part of that we’ll be mobilizing for the mid-term elections.

Here’s what’s up and how you can get involved.

Let’s help end mass incarceration: BLUU and Love Resists will roll out our congregational #EndMoneyBail Campaign and Toolkit at the Public Witness: "Anatomy of a Bailout" Panel at General Assembly on Thursday June 21st 1-2:30 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Leslie Mac with Justice Gaston from Reale Justice Network & ACLU, MO, and other national and local organizers. The Panel will be livestreamed from the GA 2018 webpage.

  • BLUU is also hosting a Care Package Build Project where GA attendees will build Domestic Violence Care Packages for the Kansas City community. Not coming to GA? You can still support the Wish List of items for the care package build.
  • A hands on project for People of Color & Indigenous General Assembly attendees is being coordinated with Uzazi Village and participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the work Mama Hakima is doing in Kansas City.

See www.uua.org/ga/justice/witness to learn more about this year’s public witness!

The final week of Phase 1 of the Poor People’s Campaign begins Sunday June 17th and culminates on June 23rd with a mass Call to Action Rally on the National Mall (by Jefferson Drive SW and 7th St. SW, Washington, D.C.) beginning at 10 am. Please RSVP for the event on Facebook. The campaign will post updates about how to get to the rally including info on rideshares and free buses in your area. If you can help spread the word, please participate in the campaign’s phone bank to let others know we’re headed to DC.

Get ready for Phase 2 when the campaign rolls out a massive voter registration and get out the vote effort launches as we raise our values in the electoral season, and continue building power in our communities. There are so many ways to have an impact during the mid-terms from supporting ballot initiatives for justice, registering historically disenfranchised people, and fighting voter suppression:

  • The UU Funding Panel has $500 rolling grants with an easy 2 page application and a three week turnaround available now through November 1st. You can use the funds to hire an organizer, pay a partner to train your people and assign them areas to do voter registration, plan an event and provide a meal and rent vans and more. Be creative and see what front-line community organizing groups you can support in their efforts to build their base and build solidarity.

  • Side with Love staff and I will be holding a networking meeting at GA on Mobilizing Towards Electoral Justice: Strategizing for the 2018 Mid-Terms (Friday, 6/22 at 7 pm). We’ll share what we learn there together on a webinar on July 12th at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) so mark your calendars and RSVP here.


We’re also excited to tell you about Faith Floods the Desert – Love Resists & No More Deaths Action August 3-5th : No More Deaths / No Más Muertes and faith partners call you to #FloodtheDesert on August 3-5th. We will join with humanitarian aid workers who provide food and water in the desert and together resist government repression of this life-saving work. Nine No More Deaths humanitarian-aid volunteers currently face federal felony and misdemeanor charges. Nationwide, immigration justice organizers are being targeted by federal agencies. As religious people, we answer to a higher law of love and justice. We know that humanitarian aid is not a crime. Migration is not a crime. Drop the charges. Flood the desert. You can register now.

Love Resists will be hosting a strategy session at GA for UUs already engaged in migrant justice ministries to explore how we can stop the deportation crisis and the brutality at the border. If you are coming to GA and would like to attend, please RSVP here.

Lastly, I leave you with a truly inspiring video from Mijente and their Abolish ICE, Chinga LaMigra Tour that Love Resists is supporting. This is what courageous resistance looks like. You can learn more about the tour and how you can support it, and sign up for news of events and actions here.
In solidarity – Love Resists!
Susan

Susan Leslie
UUA Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director
Multicultural Growth & Witness Staff Team
sleslie@uua.org * www.uua.org/justice

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