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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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Sep/Oct: Upcoming Justice events


UUJAZ ISSUES + ACTION DAY

Tickets are now on sale for UUJAZ's Issue + Action day. October 26th + 27th at Surprise UU Church, join UUs from across AZ for building relationship, knowledge, power and capacity for justice. Powerful worship services with music from Phoenix Women's Chorus, a keynote from the UU College of Social Justice, delicious coffee and pastries from the Coronado, vegan meals from the Rez: an Urban Eatery, incredible workshops from justice partners around the state, and in the evening: the first annual Jazzy Awards to honor justice work of the past year.

Reserve your tickets before they increase October 1st. Scholarships and sponsorships available.

Sunrise Organizer Training - Sept 14th + 15th

Global Justice Center
225 E 26th St, Tucson, Arizona 85713
Sunrise Tucson is so excited to officially announce that we're hosting our first ever AZ-wide training. Sunrise for an Arizona Green New Deal!

REGISTER HERE:
https://forms.gle/r9C4hgGZLiWbAuyp6

If you are a young person (age 15-35) and/or a member of a frontline community - one that has been or will be affected most strongly by climate change and environmental injustice, and want to become involved with Sunrise, this training will be perfect for you!

Your training team (including national and local hub leaders!) will be sharing:

The Sunrise DNA – what unites each Sunrise hub in a national movement, including our story, strategy, and structure.
The Sunrise Arizona vision – how we're going to ramp up our actions to elect true progressive climate reps and enact our vision for a Green New Deal!
Organizing skills that will help us all kick ass and attract soooo many young people to our movement in 2019!
And much more!

And while we are zoomed in to the details of Sunrise AZ growth and goals at our hub meetings and local events, this chance to understand what role Sunrise AZ plays in the national movement will help you feel inspired and connected to other young people across the country, more empowered to bring others into the movement, and more confident in our strategy (and guiding our strategy!).

Our logistics team will be providing food (heck yeah!) - breakfast, lunch, and dinner for both Saturday and Sunday. Please arrange to arrive by Friday night. We will be accepting donations for the logistical aspects of this event (accommodation, food, transportation) for those who need it on a sliding scale of $0-$45 based on what you can afford. We are also arranging accommodation and possibly carpools for those who are coming from far away! Please direct any questions or concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put "training logistics" in the subject line.




 
CLIMATE STRIKE
Join us on September 20th from 2PM-6PM as we rally and march from Phoenix City Hall to the Arizona State Capitol. Our team has been working around the clock over the past few months to advocate for our futures. Stand with us and show our elected officials that we are not alone in this fight.
Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics – it’s about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us. If we are going to fight for this, we need everyone.
Let's show our government what people power is capable of. #ClimateStrike  

Climate Change is the biggest problem we as a state, nation and world face today. On September 20th students from across the nation and the world will be striking again to protest inaction on the climate crisis. We will be marching from the Maricopa County Courthouse across from Phoenix City Hall to the State Capitol. It is a 1.3 mile walk. If you don't want to or are unable to march you can meet us at the capitol where we will be holding a rally. You don't have to be a student to come, all are welcome!

Please also sign up on action network so we can get a more accurate number. Thank you! https://actionnetwork.org/events/climate-strike-3


PUENTE HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWSHIP

Puente Human Right Movement will be hosting a one day fellowship training to educate, empower, and resist in these trying times. We are inviting community leaders who have a passion for justice and energy for change to join our fellowship program. Through this program fellows will be connected with activist in the valley to hone in their skills to find new and creative ways of fighting the system. We will be creating 5 working groups that will be engaged for the next 3 months to develop and co-create the change we wish to see in Arizona.

To become a Puente Fellow please apply on the following link: https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/279/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=11569
We will be conducting telephonic interviews before you are completely accepted into the program. There is a $100 non-refundable fee to participate in order for us to cover the cost of putting together the program. Fellows will receive Puente Swag, Support from Staff and Coaching in the committee each fellow decides to join. Committee will unapologetically focus on different aspects of ICE, Immigration Detention, and Police Violence.
Register by September 4th. Child Care will be provided for those who indicate it on the application. We look forward to fighting for freedom by your side!

Sep 8: Building the World We Dream About (workshop)

Racism is in the news... Want to do something about it?

As Unitarian Universalists, we hope developing antiracist, anti-oppressive, and multicultural habits and skills will lead us to build the multicultural world of beloved community we dream about.  Building the World We Dream About is a Unitarian Universalist program that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another. We will offer this intensive curriculum shortly for UUCT members and friends and anyone interested.

To get a taste, come to the open workshop on Sunday, September 8, 12:30 to 1:30.
For more information or to sign up, contact Rev. Karla Brockie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sep 28: Pride in the Desert

PRIDE will be here on September 28! Come march with us and see our booth at Pride in the Desert, which will be located at Reid Park. The parade is free and will start at Country Club and Broadway at 11 am. To attend Pride, you will need tickets; for more info on UUCT & PRIDE events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Help Lift Up and Preserve Our UU Rainbow History

Help Lift Up and Preserve Our UU Rainbow History has been fully funded! Thanks to the help of backers like you, it has reached its funding goal. This campaign can raise funds beyond the goal, so please continue to share the campaign page link with your friends! https://faithify.org/projects/uu-rainbow-history/

Jul 17: Social Justice Update

I wanted to provide everyone with some basic information in regards to shelters and further events to come.

As of recently we have focused our efforts towards helping the Inn2. Currently ICE is not making many releases so we will continue our efforts once they begin to release more asylum seekers. The Inn2’s next orientation will be held on July 25 from 1-3 p.m. This will be held at St. Francis in the foothills church office. As far as donations go, we will be putting a hold on making any, as a group, until the Inn2 is up and running again. It will stay closed until the Inn has more guests.

There will also be a table set up Sunday July 21 to hand out more info for the shelter. Diane Everhart, will be speaking at our congregation and will be at this set up as well. She runs the Inn2 shelter.

As I’m sure many of you heard the monastery will be closing end of July and casa alitas will be moving to the juvenile detention facility here in Tucson. You can email Juanita at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information in regards on how to volunteer and donate.

We are still in need of someone to speak for a few minutes during our social minute about donating backpacks for asylum seeking travelers. On August 4th, we will be doing a "Blessing of the Backpacks" as part of worship to send off for back to school. We would like to encourage folks to bring backpacks for St. Francis to worship that day, so we can extend our blessing to the migrants who will be traveling to meet their sponsors. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further questions in regards to that matter or if you’re interested in speaking. Thanks!

 

Marilyn Gentry

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