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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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Scott Warren Trial Information

Hello No More Deaths Community!
Today begins Scott Warren's retrial. This community has stayed so strong through multiple trials this year and we know that love and strength will prevail again! The Campaign working group has some court events planned and we want to spread the news to our supportive community. 
Every morning we will be outside the courthouse, on the northwest street corner, starting at 8:00 am. You'll see the banners, singing, and reflections circles as we send Scott, his family, and the legal team into court, and volunteers into the desert to do water drops! We have bagels and coffee. Court begins at 9:30. We will continue holding down the street corner until court breaks for lunch, around 12:30, but this varies depending on what's going on in the courtroom. Lunch will also be served on the street corner. The time between breakfast and lunch we will have activities such as 
  • Wednesday, November 13th
      Harm Reduction Kit Assembly, 9 - 12 AM 
  • Thursday, November 14th
      Water Drop Launch, 8 - 9 AM 
  • Friday, November 15th
      Screenprinting, 9 AM - 12 PM 
  • Monday, November 18th
     NO COURT scheduled this day 
  • Tuesday, November 19th
      Detainee Letter Writing, 9 AM - 12 PM 
  • Wednesday, November 20th
      Faith Floods the Courthouse, 8 AM
If you'd like to show your support in the courtroom, you are welcome to try to get into the precedings, or into the overflow viewing room. Please be respectful of the volunteers who also need to be in the courtroom for trial support roles. If you plan to join us in the courtroom, please come prepared to do the following:
  • OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE: Do not speak to or interact with jurors at all. That goes for in the hallway outside the courtroom, the elevators, the bathroom, around the courthouse, and if you happen to run into them anywhere else in Tucson. Any appearance of interaction could result in issues for yourself, others, or even the case itself. 
  • Dress appropriately for court, aka what you might wear to an important job interview. No shirts with slogans – they might get you removed from court. 
  • Arrive on time, before the scheduled start time. Be prepared to go through security. ID is required and you will have to go through a metal detector. Leave all unnecessary items at home.
  • There may be limited room in the courtroom itself and we are trying to prioritize access for relatives of Dr. Warren and long-term NMD volunteers. It is possible that we may ask you to vacate your seat for someone who is actively working on trial support.
  • Be cordial or polite to the courthouse staff at security or in the courtroom.
  • No beverages or food out in the courtroom, including water bottles.
  • Phones must be OFF before entering the courtroom. Using a phone or computer in the courtroom will result in your removal.
  • Keep noise to a minimum in the courtroom, especially while the judge is present. Stay silent while the jury is in the room.
  • Keep verbal and physical reactions to a minimum while court is in session.
  • If you do talk in the courtroom or courthouse (including the hallways!) be careful discussing details of the case or anything you do not want the government to hear.
  • Remember that other people in the hallway, in nearby cafes, in line at security, and anywhere in and around the courthouse could either be a juror or a plainclothes officer working on the case. Don’t talk about anything you don’t want the state to hear, or assume that people you don’t know who are attending the trial are other supporters by default.
  • Be aware other people are going through the federal court system at the same time with a lot less support, and keep noise down when the crowd is in the hallway.
  • If approached by media, please politely direct them to our media spokespeople.
Follow the trial on the following sources: 
  • Website: www.nomoredeaths.org
  • Twitter: NoMoreDeaths
  • Facebook: No More Deaths
  • Instagram: nomoredeaths_nomasdeaths
Or you can contact the Campaign Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Thank you for being such a powerful and loving community through so much this year. See you soon!

Nov 21: Mass Liberation Project Speaker

On November 21st, our UUCT Social Justice Council, in partnership with Tucson's MASS LIBERATION PROJECT, will present speaker Marvin Mutch, who became a prison reform activist after spending 41 years in San Quentin wrongly convicted on circumstantial evidence and continually maintaining his innocence in parole hearings. He is the co-founder of the Men's Advisory Council, a prisoner advocacy group first established inside San Quentin to represent the collective needs and grievances of California's prisoners, a hospice volunteer and BrothersKeeper co-founder. He will speak from personal experience about prison reform and his life as a prisoner. In Holland Sanctuary, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Refreshments provided.

Nov 20: Faith Floods the Courtroom

Answer the call for people of faith and conscious to flood the federal court room at 405 W. Congress St. in Tucson, on November 20th at 8 a.m. We will show up in support of Dr. Scott Warren, human rights activist with Tucson UU's ministry, No More Deaths, facing 10 years of jail for providing life saving aid to migrants in the desert. During the last trial, over 100 faith leaders from across the country showed up. RSVP HERE

Additional Information and updates from the No More Deaths Campaign Coordinator.

Nov: UUJAZ Updates

Faith Floods the Courtroom

We're calling on people of faith and people of conscience from across the country to flood the court room at 405 W. Congress St. in Tucson, on November 20th at 8am. We will show up in support of UU Scott Warren, Human Rights activist with No More Deaths facing 20 years of jail for providing life saving aid to migrants in the desert. RSVP HERE https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedkFR21snNa8SBnY5K-jQJC_TJTFvaqJz0GnGdtoHlkxtTaQ/viewform

Climate Strike

Save the date for Dec. 6th, the next Climate Strike with our partners Sunrise Movement and AZ Youth Climate Strike. Join us at Phoenix City Hall,200 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003, from 2-6pm.
RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/phoenix-climate-strike-4/?fbclid=IwAR0c7fMAkFvkNC-d717lLxCYC9T0flmr1yq2AOcsE6739k-Nt7R2P43q-Qs for the Phoenix strike, or contact AZ Youth Climate Strike to organize a strike in your area This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks to everyone who emailed and signed up for the Eloy visits and research projects with our Puente partnership! Look for details soon. There is still time to sign up if you are interested, contact Janine Gelsinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In community,

Janine Gelsinger

Executive Director of UUJAZ
Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona Network


Nov 10: Social Justice Holiday Card Party

The Social Justice Council will host our first of four Sunday morning holiday card parties at 8:30 am, Sunday, Nov. 10 in Goddard Hall. No experience necessary. Please invite any friends who might be interested. Children are especially invited, too. If anybody would like to sing or play an instrument while we make our cards, that would be very cool.
We will have lots of examples of Spanish words and phrases for you to chose from. But the idea is for you to fill out each card in your own unique voice. We don't want to offer false hope, but we can let the recipients know that they are not forgotten - no matter how isolated and forgotten they may feel.
We will have 120 UNICEF cards with "Peace" written in 6 languages. However, you can bring your own cards or bring/make DIY cards (each card requires an envelope). We have funds in the SJC budget so please bring receipts if you would like to be reimbursed.
PLEASE NOTE: ICE does not allow any stickers, glitter, bows, sequins can be on the cards or envelopes. However, color is OK.  If you have colorful markers, please share them on Sunday.
We won't seal the envelopes. The Florence Project staff will address these cards at their holiday party on December 13.

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