Our Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati, that collaborative body of the six local UU congregations, is planning a major “March Forth for Justice!” weekend on the weekend of March 3 and 4, 2012.
The weekend will feature a full day conference on Immigration Issues with an exciting group of speakers at the Sharonville Convention Center on March 3. This is a great opportunity to get up to speed on this burning national issue. Following an inspirational opening session, multiple breakout sessions will allow participants to structure their own program. If you really don’t know much about the current immigration situation, you might want to attend some basic sessions on current enforcement programs, the current path to citizenship, what the Dream Act is. Or your interests might draw you to discussions of human trafficking and the presence of trafficked persons in our area. Or you might be concerned about the role private prison corporations hope to play in future immigration enforcement programs and why.
The conference will include a luncheon and a special, yet to be announced, keynote speaker. And, the weekend events will close with a rally on the steps of the Butler County Courthouse and a 0.3 mile walk to the Butler County Jail, where we hope (permit approval pending) to sing a few encouraging hymns like “Spirit of Life” in Spanish.
All of the UU congregations in our area are being asked to include some aspect of immigration issues in their worship services on Sunday, March 4. Several non-UU social justice organizations are also being asked to participate with us, including as co-sponsors.
Watch for more about this later as the plans develop! – submitted by Lee Meyer, UU Council Council of Greater Cincinnati and posted by Liz Woedl