Worth and Dignity of All People: UU's and Arizona Migrants
presented by Prairie's delegates to this year's General Assembly in Minneapolis
Aug. 8, 2010

Resource List

Copies of the following resource list were made available during the service

UUA GA Business Page -- General Assembly 2010 (includes many other links) All business of the General Assembly is conducted in Plenary Sessions. Mini-Assemblies offer opportunities in small sessions for delegates to speak on issues, find out more about individual business items before a vote in plenary, and propose amendments to the business item or social witness statement. The Planning Committee or the Commission on Social Witness may move amendments to business items as a result of discussion in Mini-Assemblies.

Responsive Resolution Regarding 2012 General Assembly:

Initial Proposal (Proposed Business Resolutions)

WHEREAS the state of Arizona has recently enacted a law—SB 1070—that runs counter to our first principle, affirming the worth and dignity of every person;

WHEREAS the Association stands in solidarity with allies using a widespread economic boycott of Arizona as leverage for Love against this hateful legislation;

BE IT RESOLVED: we will not meet in a state of fear.

Accordingly, the Assembly hereby:

· Directs the UUA General Assembly Planning Committee to recommend to the Board of Trustees an alternate location for General Assembly 2012 at a location outside the state of Arizona;
· Pledges to generate from Member Congregations the amount sufficient to cancel arrangements in Phoenix for GA 2012;
· Pledges further to generate an equal or greater amount to fund ongoing efforts to Stand on the Side of Love in Arizona.
· Pledges to renew and redouble our efforts to become a multicultural, anti-racist Association; to live as a people standing faithfully in opposition to systemic racism in our congregations, local communities, and in our own lives.

Approved Proposal Phoenix General Assembly 2012 - 2010 Business Resolution

WHEREAS the state of Arizona has recently enacted a law—SB 1070—that runs counter to our first Principle, affirming the worth and dignity of every person; and

WHEREAS the Association stands in solidarity with allies mobilizing in love against this divisive and oppressive legislation; and

WHEREAS we have been invited to enter into an historic partnership with Puente and National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) to work for human rights and against racial profiling; and

WHEREAS the UUA Bylaws specify that the power to call and locate a General Assembly belongs solely to the UUA Board of Trustees;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Assembly hereby:

• calls on the UUA Board to gather Unitarian Universalists for the purposes of witnessing on immigration , racial and economic justice—a "Justice" General Assembly, in which business is limited to the minimum required by our bylaws—in June 2012, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona;
• calls on the UUA administration to work with leaders in Arizona UU congregations to establish an Arizona immigration ministry to partner with other groups in Arizona working for immigration reform to strengthen those partnerships in preparation for our arrival in 2012;
• recognizes that people with historically marginalized identities will be exposed to increased risk and inaccessibility, and therefore instructs the UUA Board to work in accountable relationship with Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), Latina/o Unitarian Universalist Networking Association (LUUNA), EQUUAL ACCESS, Transgender Religious Professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUST) and other stakeholders to identify measures that can be taken to increase safety and accessibility at the 2012 "Justice" GA;
• calls on the UUA Board to direct the economic impact of our presence in Phoenix toward our partners and allies as much as is feasible; and
• calls on the UUA Board to continue providing the resources needed to build the capacity of Unitarian Universalists to stand in opposition to systemic racism in our congregations, local communities, and in our own lives.

The following page of resources was selected from a much larger body of available material directly related to this issue:

Facebook recommended pages with significant amounts of information:
UUA Immigration
Standing on the Side of Love
Unitarian Universalist Association
Puente Arizona
Gini Courter UUA Moderator

Non-Facebook webpages:
Standing on the Side of Love
UUA Immigration
Puente Arizona
No More Deaths
UUA GA 2012

Stories from and about UUs Standing on the Side of Love in Phoenix:
Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association Arizona Immigration Law: Why I'll be in Phoenix Thursday
Rev. David Miller Some Thoughts on Phoenix and the Need for Basic Human Dignity
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer First Thoughts on Protest and Arrest in Arizona, from Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer of Kent, Ohio
Rev. Paul Lanston-Daley Reflections on the events of July 29-31 from Rev. Paul Lanston-Daley, Glendale, AZ
Audrey Addison Williams Reflections on my experience in Arizona last week: My arrest, what happened, why I chose to be arrested and my hopes for the future
Cyndi Whitmore Ground Zero, Day One: National Day of Non Compliance
Rev. Colin Bossen Cleveland Heights minister travels to Arizona to protest immigration law, Sun News, Aug. 5, 2010
Rev Jake Morrill Reflections From Phoenix

UUA Moderator Gini Courter at Jail House Vigil (Video)

Printed handouts:
Immigration Mythology: The Rules Apply to Everyone - Beacon Broadside
Inspired Faith, Effective Action -- A Split Decision Only Serves to Split Our Communities
A Primer on Activism from Unitarian Universalists

Other News stories:
29 UUs arrested in Phoenix protest
Salvador Reza Illegally Arrested by Sheriff Arpaio
CMwD Standing on the Side of Love in Arizona
Immigration memo may be a break for immigrants
Emotions Flare After Immigration Law Is Blocked
Call out the Posse the Unitarians are in town
The Hunt for American Decency in the #Arizona Quicksand
Illegal Immigrants Face Hurdles in Trying to Leave U.S.
Immigration Is a NAFTA Problem. This Is Not Big News
Current ICE Removals of Noncitizens Exceed Numbers Under Bush Administration
An Unsolved Murder, A Wave of Hysteria, and Deaths in the Desert
Ariz. Churches Mobilize Against Immigration Law
'America's Sheriff' Flouts the Feds
Senate Approves $600 Million for more Border Security
Arizona was once tolerant of illegal immigrants. What happened? Los Angeles Times, Aug. 1, 2010
GOP leader McConnell: Fourteenth Amendment is in need of review
In the Immigration Debate, Real Lives are at Stake
For family separated by immigration laws, bonding time is via laptop
Arizona immigration law: State to appeal injunction
Why Some States Considering Immigration Legislation Might Be Jumping Off the Arizona Bandwagon
Deadly month for immigrants crossing Arizona desert
Obama on immigration, July 1, 2010 (video)

Thanks to Dorothy Krause for compiling this list of resources