Take Action

Apply for the Young Adult Affinity Group to the Line 3 Frontlines

An affinity group of UU/adjacent Young Adults (ages ~18-35) is being organized by UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, UU Ministry for Earth, UU College of Social Justice, and many partners, to take action on the frontlines in northern Minnesota over the week of July 26 – August 1. Click the button to learn more and APPLY.

UU General Assembly 2021: Community Action Circle


Each section and its links below will take you to several actions that we invite you to consider taking in our time together – or to come back to when you have more time! All of the actions below are in direct support of grassroots partners of the UUA and UUSC. 

Feel free to download a template of our Action Circle google slideshow here to use for your own community action circle!

Climate Justice: Honor the Earth/ Line 3
  1. Email: Tell President Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline: Click Here
  2. Email: 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
  3. Written letter: Join Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty and other partners in writing to President Biden to stop DAPL and Line 3 tar sands pipelines. Please send a letter in June! Register to show that you commit to writing a letter HERE.
  4. Call: Leave a message for Aitkin County Sheriff, Dan Guida, 218-927-7435
    • For over six months, Dan Guida has been reminded hundreds of times from Indigenous leaders and other water protectors that 1) Treaties are the supreme law of the land 2) Line 3 is an illegal pipeline that is violating treaties 3) That he has no jurisdiction on 1855 Treaty Territory.
    • A video on Instagram (@honortheearth) shows that Dan Guida has no loyalty to the law he claims to enforce. He has no worries about the fact that he doesn’t recognize or understand Treaty Law and therefore will continue to fail to uphold Treaty Rights. Unfortunately, this is not surprising behavior from Sheriff Dan.
    • Guida is on the Northern Lights Task Force – a multi-county law enforcement task force which participated in a training at Fort Ripley last September aimed at strategizing tactics to protect Enbridge’s pipeline and attempt to intimidate and suppress water protectors as they fight for Treaty Rights and a livable planet.
    • 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
  5. Call Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan at 651-201-3400. Call on them to uphold treaties and stop construction of Line 3.
  6. Call: 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.
  7. Call: 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
  8. Learn and organize: Treaty People Gathering: Organizing Training for Multifaith NetworkLive Training: June 29, 2021 at 2pm Central, Organized by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light
    • Join us on Tuesday, June 29 from 2-5pm Central for a 3-hour skills workshop on how to organize people in your networks towards powerful action! We will use tools from the Be The Spark and the New Organizing Institute that will teach you how to build leadership around you as we all work towards a world where water is sacred, where Native treaty rights are respected, and where rural communities can thrive. While we will focus in part on the movement to Stop Line 3, you will learn skills that will help you organize people around you to create a just transition towards a renewable and fossil free future.
  9. Follow: Groups to follow on social media – 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
Immigration Justice
  1. Support Asylum
  2. End ICE Detention
  3. Protect TPS and Promote Paths to Citizenship
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
UU Campaigns
  1. Sign up to join Side With Love, Milwaukee’s African-American Round Table and Wisconsin UUs on Saturday, June 26, 2021 to phone bank for a moral budget that divests from police and invests in community safety and care. This year’s GA Public Witness will involve calling Milwaukee residents to educate them on ways to ensure that public funds in Milwaukee and Wisconsin don’t go toward increased policing and law enforcement.
  2. Continue to UU the Vote! Support S.1.: For the People Act: Call your Senator to say: the Filibuster should not kill the Bill. Join the interfaith push to secure our democracy. If passed S.1 will: make it easier for all citizens to vote; end gerrymandering so that electoral districts are fairly drawn; reduce the impact of big money in politics; and hold government officials accountable with new ethics standards. Find background info, call-in numbers, and a suggested script with our partner, UUSJ.
  3. Learn: 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

Learn More

Side With Love is an interfaith public advocacy campaign promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. With the goal of creating beloved community, the campaign pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned.

Love Resists is a joint campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 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: Curated tools to support individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups to mobilize in support of critical human rights issues.

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.

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