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TAKE CARE. TAKE ACTION.

Challenging oppressive systems requires that we listen carefully to the people at the frontline of the struggles, understand our relationship to those we want to support, and to reflect on our own motivations and assumptions. For members of marginalized communities and identities, it is important to remember how spiritual practice and self-care are fundamental – without these, we burn out and continue to internalize the oppression we are struggling against.

As you review the information below and choose your avenues for action, you are invited to keep in mind the full spectrum of effective justice work: education, service, advocacy, witness, protest, and creating alternative structures that demonstrate Unitarian Universalist values.

Supporting Afghan Refugees

Check out UUSC’s 5 Ways to Take Action for Afghan Refugees

Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service: How to Help Our Afghan Allies

Climate Justice:
Honor the Earth & Line 3

Immigration Justice

UU Campaigns

Send Emails

Tell President Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline: Click Here

Tell President Biden (again!) and your senators and representatives to stop Line 3! The site encourages using the “edit message” option to personalize your email: Click Here

Make Phone Calls

Leave a message for Aitkin County Sheriff, Dan Guida, 218-927-7435 – We cannot let the Treaties be ignored! Call Aiken County Sheriff’s office and tell them to recognize and uphold Treaty Rights! Action from @honortheearth

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan at 651-201-3400. Call on them to uphold treaties and stop construction of Line 3.

The Army Corps of Engineers approved Line 3’s federal Water permits. Red Lake Nation has met with them and asked the permit be revoked. Call the Army Corps of Engineers today and say they must uphold treaties, respect sovereign nations, protect water, and revoke Enbridge’s permit now. 703-697-4672 – This number has no voicemail, call during business hours.

MNDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher is trying to evict peaceful water protectors from Red Lake Treaty Camp at Trunk Highway 32 today. Call her at 651-366-4800. Action from @resist_line_3

Learn More

Honor The Earth: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Stop Line 3 Pipeline: Instagram, Facebook, Website

Giniw Collective: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light: Facebook, Twitter, Website

Support Asylum

Sign UUSC’s Petition Urging President Biden to Keep Promises to Families Seeking Asylum

Learn: Check out the Welcome with Dignity Toolkit to find four ways to take action with links for learning more and sharing on social media

End ICE Detention

Tell Congress to #DefundHate, divest from ICE and DHS and re-invest in our communities instead: sign this petition or copy the message it contains into an email to send directly to your Members of Congress

Follow: Join Detention Watch Network’s: #CommunitiesNotCages campaign to shut down ICE detention centers

Push for the immediate release of all transgender migrants from ICE detention: sign the petition, use the toolkit to raise awareness on social media, and/ or find a local action in your community

Sign UUSC’s Petition to Tell the Biden Administration to End Family Detention Now

Protect TPS and Promote Paths to Citizenship

Follow the National TPS Alliance on social media or by email to receive their latest action alerts: Take Action

Sign the Alianza Americas petition to protect TPS for Central American nationals NOW!

Sign the We Are Home coalition’s petition to President Biden and Congressional Leaders pushing for a Path to Citizenship

#WeAreEssential Fast for Freedom

Join faith leaders and directly impacted immigrants as they hold the #WeAreEssential Fast for Freedom. Check out the toolkit for more details, including information on ways to:

  • Organize a Solidarity Action in your community calling on your Members of Congress and the White House to support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrant workers.
  • Fund the Fast! Donate to sustain the #WeAreEssential Fast for Freedom.
Organize Local Actions

Keep It Local! Identify a local immigrant-led grassroots organization, immigration bond fund and/or accompaniment network in your community to get involved with, donate to, and/or share with others — let us know in the chat what local groups you are plugged into or want to support!

Learn More

Check out the new Side With Love Action Center for additional actions to take now and to share with your community! https://sidewithlove.org/actioncenter

TOOLS & RESOURCES

Sanctuary Resources

Click the boxes to the right for information on how to become a sanctuary congregation and organizations to follow for additional support.

Getting Started

ACTION GUIDE: In this Action Guide learn about ways in which you can pro-actively organize to support Sanctuary & Solidarity in your congregation and community.

ASSET MAP: Identify all the assets – human, physical, and financial – that your congregation might offer to grassroots groups organizing at this moment.

Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation

Sanctuary Toolkit – Congregational Action in an Era of Mass Deportation, February 2017 (PDF): Developed for UU Congregations considering offering physical sanctuary.

Faithful Discernment – Is Your Congregation Called to Offer Sanctuary?, February 2017 (Video): Katia Hansen, President and CEO of UU Refugee & Immigrant Services and Education (UURISE) presents what it means to become a Sanctuary congregation and what factors to consider in assessing whether your congregation is able to answer this call to solidarity with individuals affected by the escalating xenophobia and increased deportations threatened by the Trump administration.

The Path Towards Sanctuary – A Practical Guide, February 2017 (Video): Katia Hansen, President and CEO of UU Refugee & Immigrant Services and Education (UURISE) discusses the “nuts and bolts” of becoming a sanctuary congregation for those that have already discerned that they have the capacity and commitment to continue down this path. It also includes the experiences of ministers whose congregations have undergone the process of becoming a sanctuary church and those who have found other ways to take action for rights of immigrants and refugees. 

Additional Resources & Info

#SanctuaryEverywhere Resources from American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Community Defense Zone Starter Guide, February 2017: This guide draws from lessons and work of several organizations including Puente in Phoenix, Arizona and Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) in Georgia, the Not One More Deportation campaign and Southerners On New Ground (SONG) across the southern United States. 

The Congregational Accompaniment Project for Asylum Seekers (CAPAS) is an initiative to support communities of faith as they host and accompany migrants through the process of obtaining legal asylum. Learn more about the creation of the handbook on UUSC’s website or click the button below to view the handbook.

Learn More from our Network

Side With Love

Side With Love is an interfaith public advocacy campaign that pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned.

UU Ministry for Earth

UU Ministry for Earth, Tools for Organizing and Taking Action: its mission is to be a wellspring of spiritual, educational grounding, practical support for bold, accountable action for environmental justice, climate justice, and the flourishing of all life.

Love Resists

Love Resists is a joint campaign of the UUA and UUSC that is activating people of faith and conscience to resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities and create a safer, more just, welcoming, and sustainable world.

UUSC Tools for Taking Action

UUSC Tools for Taking ActionCurated tools to support individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups to mobilize in support of critical human rights issues.

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303