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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Social Justice

Envisioning a world where justice and compassion cross all borders, we pledge energy and resources to transform ourselves, our community, and the world around us.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson furthers it mission through various programs.  The social action program is one of those.  The program is directed by a Social Action Council which coordinates groups involved in homeless hospitality and social action.  UUCT is active with the No More Deaths movement.

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Changes at UUJAZ: Position Open


Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network



A letter from Liz Swan, Board President

Dear UUJAZ Supporters,

It is with great sadness that I share with you that Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings, our outstanding Executive Director, will be leaving her position on June 30, 2019. Lisa has brought all her many talents to her role at UUJAZ and we can say without hesitation that UUJAZ would not be as strong as it is now and as recognized across the nation as a leading State Action Network without her leadership and dedication. We are all thankful that we have had the opportunity to work with Lisa over her tenure at UUJAZ.

I want to assure you, although it will not be the same, the Board is dedicated to continuing the work of UUJAZ after Lisa departs. The search for a new Executive Director has already started. We will be advertising for candidates on the internet, through the UUA and the Pacific Southwest Region. You will see announcements of this search in the member congregations’ newsletters. Please share the announcement widely when you receive it. More information is available at www.uujaz.org.

Change is always challenging, but we will continue the work of UUJAZ. Plans for UU Day at the Legislature are in the works. Anne Schneider continues to publish the Legislative Alert. We continue to have much work to do in Arizona to make our voice heard so our progressive views can be reflected in new legislation. 

If you would like to discuss this transition with me, please feel free to call me at 602 369-3432.


Liz Swan
UUJAZ Board President


A letter from Lisa McDaniel Hutchings, Executive Director

Dear Members of the UUJAZ Network,

Come June I will have been serving in Community Ministry for seven years, the last 5½ years as the Executive Director for UUJAZ. I’ve realized that I am ready for a change. I will be leaving my position on June 30th. During my sabbatical I plan to take six months to decompress, reflect, and discern what will be next for me and my ministry. 

My life has been greatly enriched by my experience at UUJAZ. I’ve had opportunities to visit and lead worship at all of the congregations and fellowships, meeting many justice-focused Unitarian Universalists along the way. I’ve had the pleasure of working with UU activists who are passionate about justice-building in Arizona regarding immigration, education, and water issues. I’ve been inspired by the dedication of Anne Schneider who consistently produces the Arizona Legislative Alert and with the volunteers who so enthusiastically serve on the UUJAZ Board. It has been an honor to work with all of you these past years, and I believe UUJAZ is in a great position to bring in its next leader. 

As Liz explained in her accompanying letter, we have a process in place for hiring a new Executive Director, and I encourage you to share the job description widely when it is available.

I look forward to full justice-building engagement with you through the next six months as the search committee does its work. I hope to see a great many of you at UU Day at the Legislature on February 18th! Registration is now open at www.uujaz.org. I will miss you as I take my leave, and look forward to good things from UUJAZ in the future.

Interdependently yours,

Executive Director, UUJAZ

UUJAZ Executive Director Position Opening

Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona network is seeking a half-time Executive Director to begin mid-June. For full details visit our website www.uujaz.org to see the job description and salary range and to discover how to apply.


UUJAZ Arizonal Sanctuary Coalition

The definition of "Sanctuary" is broadening beyond hosting un-documented folks avoiding deportation in churches.
UUJAZ is looking for all those who are interested in supporting migrants as they go to ICE meetings and navigate the waters of getting legal residency. If you are interested in learning more about accompaniment, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UUJAZ Anti-Racist Policing Initiative

Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings is looking for folks to help with an anti-racist policing initiative by UUJAZ. You can email her at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Feb 26: No More Deaths Update

Hi everyone,

This is the first in what will be a regular series of updates from the court proceedings of the 9 No More Deaths defendants currently facing federal charges. One of the goals of our legal support team is to demystify this process and keep our community posted as things progress.

Please let us know if there's other information you'd like to see in these updates or you have questions about the charges or cases.

This is gonna be a catchup/refresher on the legal cases so far in addition to an update. Don't worry, they won't all be this long.

If you want to get involved in the campaign against these charges or legal support please come to Campaign Working Group meetings Sundays at 6:30pm at the Global Justice Center at 225 E 26th St, Tucson.

Thanks for having our defendants' backs.

Love Fidget+the legal support crew.

Scott Warren's Felony case

On February 14 Scott was indicted (formally charged by the U.S. Attorney). He was charged with 2 counts of Harboring Illegal Aliens (1 count for each of the individuals he allegedly harbored) and 1 count of Conspiracy to Harbor Illegal Aliens. All 3 charges are Felonies.

The conspiracy charge alleges that Scott planned or conspired to "harbor illegal aliens" with one or more other individuals. To our knowledge nobody else been charged with this crime at this time. Prosecutors have long used conspiracy charges as a tool for repression against activist groups, including the 188 protestors charged last year with protesting Donald Trump's inauguration (129 defendants had their charges dropped last month) and in a 2006 case against NMD volunteers Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss.

At Scott's court appearance this Wednesday (2/21) he entered a plea of Not Guilty to all charges. He is being represented by local attorneys Greg Kuykendall and Amy Knight. Anna Wright and Nathaniel Walters (Assistant U.S. Attorneys) appeared in court for the U.S. government.

Scott's jury trial in this case is preliminarily set for April 10, 2018 but this is very likely to change. His case will be argued before Chief District Judge Raner Collins.
In 2006, Judge Collins dismissed charges of Transporting Illegal Aliens and Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens against NMD Volunteers Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss.


Scott's Misdemeanor case

**Note: Scott has the same(ish) misdemeanor charges as 8 other NMD volunteers. He gets his own section here because he has a different legal team ( he has the same one for both his cases) and different court dates than the other 8**

Scott is separately charged with Operating a Vehicle in a Wilderness Area and Abandonment of Property from an alleged June 1, 2017 incident on Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge. Both charges are Misdemeanors.

Scott had a status hearing this Wednesday (2/21). His trial in this case will be a bench trial (the verdict will be delivered by a judge, not a jury) argued before Magistrate Judge Bruce MacDonald on May 29 and May 30, 2018. He is being represented in this case as well by Greg Kuykendall and Amy Knight. Anna Wright and Nathaniel Walters (Assistant U.S. Attorneys) appeared in court for the U.S. government.


Other 8 defendants' Misdemeanor cases.

Eight other NMD volunteers are charged with combinations of Operating a Vehicle in a Wilderness Area, Entering a National Wildlife Refuge Without a Permit, and Abandonment of Property from two alleged incidents in July and August. All charges are Misdemeanors. The defendants are split into two groups of 4 that each share the same case.

These 8 defendants had a status hearing Friday (2/23). They are represented by Chris Dupont and Ann Chapman. One group's trial is scheduled for
June 26-28, 2018, and the other for July 16-18, 2018. Both cases will be bench trials argued before Magistrate Judge Bruce MacDonald.



That's all for now!

Immigrant Justice Solidarity Workshop

REGISTER NOW for the Immigrant Justice Solidarity Workshop! Look for the link on the homepage at www.uujaz.org or email Rev. Lisa directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Content, times, and location info are all available at the website too. Find out what’s happening in Immigration Justice in southeast AZ!

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