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.

Social Justice Council

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May 17: The Relationship Between Mental Illness and Poverty

Interfaith Community Services (ICS) announces their Spring Lunch and Learn program: The Relationship Between Mental Illness and Poverty. Please join this informative session on May 17, 2018 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, at Congregation Anshei Israel, 5550 E. 5th Street, Tucson, AZ 85711. The event fee, including lunch, is $15 per person. ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN www.icstucson.org/spring-lunch-and-learn

UUJAZ Arizonal Sanctuary Coalition Forming

Lisa McDaniel-Hutchings is seeking UUs to join her to become a Core Team with the Arizona Sanctuary Coalition. These will be church (or denomination) teams trained together to do immigration justice work. Let her know if you are interested at  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.

Apr 27: Share the Plate Nomination Deadline

Share the Plate Nominees:  If you have an organization you think UUCT should share the plate with one Sunday in teh coming 2018/2019 church year, please submit the name to Carolyn Saunders, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 27. Share the Plate means that all donations in the offering basket on Share the Plate Sunday that are not designated as pledge payments will be shared with that month's scheduled organization. If you write a check, you should put either "Share the Plate" or "Pledge" in the memo line. Voting for the 12 recipients will take place in May.

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.

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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!

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