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Just Acts August: Homecoming Call: Love Resists—Protect Our Communities NOW!
 
Dear ,

As we enter into another congregational year and celebrate at homecoming services, our hearts are also heavy. Over the summer we've witnessed white supremacist actions and violence, including the recent Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, the presidential pardon of notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the administration's plan to provide local police departments with military-grade equipment.

On September 1st, Texas SB4, the worst racial profiling and anti-sanctuary city bill yet, goes into effect. Ten state attorney generals are demanding that the Trump administration end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for "Dreamers' by September 5th or face legal action. There are now leaks from the White House that Trump may rescind DACA this week ending legal status for close to one million young immigrants who could now face deportation. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of refugees from Africa, the Middle East, Haiti and Central America is also threatened.

Millions of people will be harmed directly by these measures. All of us are harmed by this consolidation of a neo-fascist white supremacist agenda and the scapegoating and de-humanization of our immigrant and black and brown communities.

How can we as Unitarian Universalists adequately respond? We say #LoveResists.

We saw hundreds of UUs this summer in Charlottesville, including UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, taking direct action, witnessing, and providing support. UUs were part of countering white supremacists in Boston, Berkeley and San Francisco, and other cities. In Texas, UUs are working with partners to stop SB4 and around the country UUs are supporting DACA students and others in a variety of ways. UUs resisted the Muslim travel ban and are engaged in multi-faith coalitions for racial justice.

All this is good. All this is needed. And now, we must take action again. A broad coalition of our immigrant rights and multi-faith partners and many progressive organizations are asking us to respond within 48 hours if DACA is rescinded. We are being asked to:

  1. Mobilize in the streets, at the White House, at Trump-owned properties, and at ICE facilities all around the country to reject this implementation of a white supremacist agenda. (Find buildings associated with Trump here.) 
  2. Call or show up in person at the district offices of our members of Congress. Tell them they must defend DACA, pass the DREAM Act, and work for a path to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants. The Interfaith Immigration Coalition has set up a national call in day for Thursday, August 31st. Use these numbers to connect with your elected officials:
    • Call your representative first at 1-888-496-3502 
    • Then call your senators at 1-888-410-0619 
    • More information and talking points can be found at the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.
3. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell Trump: Young immigrants who have long called this country their home shouldn't be stripped of their legal status. Dreamers are not your bargaining chips to be used to further criminalize and persecute the broader immigrant community. 

See www.DefendDACA.com for action locations (if an announcement is made), along with other updates, and talking points.
Love Resists all efforts to criminalize, stigmatize, banish, and remove our people, our neighbors, our loved ones. We will protect our communities. If you are not already in touch with local immigrant rights organizations, interfaith coalitions, and your UU State Action Network--now is the time to reach out and get connected to find out what is being planned locally.
 In addition to being ready to act after an announcement, please see our list below for lots of opportunities around the country, to take action directly and in solidarity, including on September 3rd when Love Resists and DC area UUs are hosting the 24/7 vigil going on in front of the White House organized by immigrant rights organizations.
For the long haul, we encourage you to have sacred conversations in your congregations and in your communities about what this moment is that we are in and what kind of commitment and courage we need to meet it over the long haul. We need to pace ourselves, sustain ourselves, and support each other. We are all connected and we are not alone. 

Lastly, please consider giving to the UUA-UUSC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. While the border patrol continues to run check points during the disaster in Texas, officials in Harris County and Houston already on record in their opposition to SB4 and local police enforcement and collaboration with ICE, are offering sanctuary shelter to all. 

Please see the calendar at the end of this blog post for additional upcoming events related to immigration and community protections.


In faith and solidarity,

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

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