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Just Acts: Join the Groundswell of Love & Resistance--Timely Calls & Updates Here!
Next Steps for Poor People’s Campaign, Expanding Sanctuary & More
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UUs across the country in collectives, congregations, and state action networks are engaging in multi-faith organizing from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, to sanctuary communities, racial justice partnerships and climate coalitions.

Here at the UUA nationally we are working to scale up and amplify these efforts to protect our communities and resist increasing repression and white supremacy culture. We can turn the tide through faith-rooted action in partnership with others.

Please join us for the following opportunities to grow and strengthen our resistance. Join the groundswell for love and justice!

  1. Call for UUs on the Poor People’s Campaign—April 17th & April 19th
  2. Sign Up for UUA-UUSC Love Resists & AFSC Sanctuary Everywhere E-Course on Anti-Racist Sanctuary & Accompaniment – Beginning May 1st
  3. Defend Democracy & Overturn Voter Suppression--Voter Restoration in Florida
  4. Resources & Funding from the UUA to Support Your Work

NOTE: As we 'go to press', we've learned of actions to support the refugee caravan at the border that the National Guard is being sent to 'meet." The UUA has signed on to a letter to all state Governors calling on them to refuse to send guard troops and to condemn vigilante violence at or near the border. UUs are invited to: Sign the pledge to open our homes. Fund the caravan to get from Mexico City to the border. Stay tuned for more information from our Love Resists campaign.
1) Call for UUs on the Poor People’s Campaign—April 17th & April 19th

We are hosting two video calls next week (you can choose one) for UUs & the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. This call is for UU clergy and lay congregational leaders who are already engaging with or want to learn more about the Campaign and UUA & UU involvement, and the mass moral non-violent direct actions planned for Washington, DC and state capitals beginning May 14th through June 21st and culminating with a Mass Moral March on June 23rd in Washington, DC.

Please join me and my colleague Rev. Michael Crumpler, UUA LGBTQ & Intercultural Programs Manager, along with:

  • Rev. Robin Tanner, National Multi-faith Partners Organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign (Senior Minister at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Church Summit, NJ) and
  • Rev. Beth Johnson, CA State Coordinator for the Poor People’s Campaign (Minister of Palomar UU Fellowship Vista CA).
We’ll get updates and information on what’s coming up and what we are building toward, we’ll answer your questions, get feedback, and hear from each other about what’s happening around the country.

Register here:

Tuesday, April 17, 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) call

Thursday, April 19 (2 pm ET, 11 am PT) call

A couple of updates we want to let you know about:

  • UUA Co-Moderator Elandria Williams represented the UUA at the April 10th Poor People’s Campaign Press Conference to announce the release of the full report "The Souls of Poor Folks" audit, the demands of the campaign, and the 40 Days of Action. View the video here and see the full report and demands on https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/.

  • Saturday, April 14 is the date of the first nonviolent moral fusion direct action trainings coordinated across all 30+ states involved in the campaign. In order to participate in the actions in state capitals and in Washington, DC, you must attend a training.

To receive information about the trainings, please use the sign-up for UUs here and you will be contacted by the campaign.

You can also contact your Poor People’s Campaign State Coordinators by writing to “Name of Your State”@poorpeoplescampaign.org - e.g. Alabama@poorpeoplescampaign.org.

2) Sign Up for UUA-UUSC Love Resists & AFSC Sanctuary Everywhere E-Course on Anti-Racist Sanctuary & Accompaniment – Beginning May 1st

Beginning May 1, Love Resists and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) are offering a new program, using an anti-racism framework, to expand and deepen multifaith solidarity, community protection, and sanctuary and accompaniment efforts.

Join us for “Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-Racist Practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment, & Resistance”, a four-part, monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change. The deadline to register is April 27.
Join a four-session monthly online course that explores:

  • Self- and group-reflection on undoing racism in the context of immigrant rights solidarity.
  • The U.S. immigration system's history of racial exclusion and how it plays out today.
  • The theology and practice of accompaniment.
  • Real life examples through case-studies.
  • Practical skills in three streams: ICE/court accompaniment, congregational sanctuary, and immigration detention/prison visitation.

We encourage participants to join this interactive program as small groups working together locally. There will be homework in between sessions, and attendees are expected to participate in the full course. If you don't have a team we will help match you with others, as well as connect you with partner groups seeking volunteers where possible. Register now.

If you have questions, please check out our FAQs and feel free to email me at SLeslie@uua.org for more information.

3) Defend Democracy & Overturn Voter Suppression

In this electoral year, it is more important than ever that we defend and expand democracy. From now through November we will be offering you opportunities that can have a key impact in enfranchising those most impacted by voter suppression and oppressive policies.

April 28th, Help Pass the Voting Restoration Amendment in Florida. From our Friends at Public Citizen & the UU Justice Florida:

We have a chance to help with a nationally significant effort for democracy taking place in Florida.

Sign up to host a virtual calling party at your home, or a local community center, or congregation on April 28 to support the Second Chances FL campaign. (We will help you plan it).

Also you can sign up here to start making calls on your own.

In Florida, if you are convicted of a felony you are BARRED FOR LIFE from voting.

This currently excludes 1.4 million Floridians from participating in democracy. These are people from all walks of life.

That can all change in 2018 — with the Voting Restoration Amendment (Amendment 4)— a Florida ballot initiative of national importance - that gives Florida voters the choice to return the eligibility to vote to our friends, family and neighbors who have fully completed their sentences. The grassroots-driven effort is relying on everyday Americans like us to step up and help.

We need you - our Second Chances Movement Makers - to engage, 1 on 1, with Florida Voters to educate them on the issue and make sure that they Vote Yes 4 Second Chances this fall by Voting Yes on Amendment 4.

Our goal is to call the more than one million people who signed a petition to get the initiative on the ballot to personally thank them and get them involved in the campaign.

We need a lot of Call Team volunteers to help us fill these phone banking shifts! It’s easy to get involved and host a party from your home or local community center, and we give you all the training and resources you need.

Ready to get to work? Host an event.

Floridians believe in Second Chances, and we think that Florida Law should too. Help make it happen.

For more information, contact: Jonah Minkoff-Zern at Public Citizen [jzern@citizen.org]

4) Resources & Funding from the UUA to Support Your Work

  • If you need help deepening the spiritual and faith grounding of your work, see Side with Love Our Stories - you’ll be inspired and challenged.
  • Love Resists has lots of resources, including how to start or expand a Love Resists congregational team
  • UU Funding Program has:
    • Ongoing rolling $500 Voter Engagement & GOTV grants through November 1, 2018 (use them to coordinate partners and your volunteers) and $1500 Actions of Public Witness Action grants (matching)
    • $5,000-$10,000 (matching) congregation-based community organizing grants for coalition dues and training, and larger grants for organizing and justice projects, applications due September 15th.
Lastly, there will be lots of training and networking opportunities at this year’s General Assembly June 20-24 in Kansas City, MO on Love Resists, multifaith community organizing,mobilizing for the mid-term elections, faithful confrontation of white supremacy, climate justice and more! Register by April 30th for lower rates, see https://www.uua.org/ga.

Love Resists!

In faithful solidarity,

Susan

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

Our work is made possible by congregations' generous gifts to the Annual Program Fund and individual friends like you. Please consider making a gift today!

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