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.
Honor the Earth & Line 3
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.
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
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
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!
TOOLS & RESOURCES
Click the boxes to the right for information on how to become a sanctuary congregation and organizations to follow for additional support.
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 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 Action: Curated tools to support individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups to mobilize in support of critical human rights issues.