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On Tuesday, January 22nd, let Congress know that people of faith demand humane immigration reform in 2013. Call 1-866-940-2439 to be connected with BOTH of your Senators. Tell them that as their constituent and as a person of faith, you want immigration reform that provides a pathway to FULL CITIZENSHIP and prioritizes FAMILY UNITY.

For talking points for your call and information on how to get more involved in the push for immigration reform, click here to go to the Interfaith Immigration Coalition‘s website.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

On the afternoon of Sunday, March 4, organizers plan a “March for the Dream Act” rally at the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, 1101 Riverside Drive on the Cincinnati Riverfront, east of the Montgomery Inn Boathouse at 3:00 pm.

The “Dream Act” is a proposed federal law that would make it possible for individuals brought to the United States in infancy or childhood to follow a shorter, well-defined path to citizenship.  Many “dreamers” have no memory of any home other than the USA and speak English as a native language.  2010 US census figures indicate that most “dreamers” are the oldest children in households that represent one of the fastest growing population groups in the United States.  This means that they tend to have younger siblings who, having been born in the states, are US citizens who will be eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18.

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March Forth for Justice: Interfaith Immigration Justice Conference and Social Witness Weekend

The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati (UUCGC), comprising six UU congregations, is planning a major conference on Immigration Issues for March 3, 2012 at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati. Over a dozen faith communities and community organizations are listed as co-sponsors.

Phoenix UU minister Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray  will keynote, presenting information about developments nationally and especially in Arizona, which has been at the forefront of the national immigration debate. The US Supreme Court has announced that it will hear appeals related to the Arizona Immigration law in April.

Titled March Forth for Justice, the conference is seen as the highlight of a weekend devoted to immigration issues. The conference itself will occur on Saturday, March 3, in the Sharonville Convention Center, north of Cincinnati. Sermon topics that weekend at all area UU congregations, and at many other supporting and cosponsoring houses of worship, will focus on immigration.

The conference schedule will include three learning tracks, allowing participants to build their own programs. 27 different speakers will provide information on a wide range of related topics including the Dream Act, Human Trafficking, Economic Realities, and Politics and Law. Confirmed speakers to date include Mike Corradini of Physicians for Human Rights and Dayton (OH) City Manager Tim Riordan, several local immigrants and immigration justice professionals. Corradini will discuss the legal changes that helped develop the situation we currently face and the forces that supported these. Riordan will present the Dayton “Immigrant Friendly Plan” which he hopes will be copied by charter municipalities across Ohio and elsewhere.

Representatives of local cosponsoring organizations will be on hand to discuss their services to the immigrant community.

The conference registration is free of charge and the UUCGC is asking those who can to make a generous donation to help cover the costs.  Registrants will pay only $20 to cover the costs of the conference luncheon, which includes the Keynote Address.

On the afternoon of March 4, organizers plan a “March for the Dream Act” rally at the Friendship Park on the Cincinnati Riverfront, between Sawyer Point and the Montgomery Inn Boathouse at 3:00 pm.  The “Dream Act” is a proposed federal law that would make it possible for individuals brought to the United States in infancy or childhood to follow a shorter, well-defined path to citizenship. Many “dreamers” have no memory of any home other than the USA and speak English as a native language.  2010 US census figures indicate that most “dreamers” are the oldest children in households that represent one of the fastest growing population groups in the United States. This means that they tend to have younger siblings who, having been born in the states, are US citizens who will be eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18.

Reverend Frederick-Gray will offer brief remarks, along with a few other speakers.  Dream Act petitions will be available for signature.

To pursue inquiry into the Study/Action question of the UUA, “Immigration as a Moral Issue”, HUUC had six Sunday morning discussions over the summer on this topic.  News stories, activities and other resources to help inform the study of this issue will be posted at this site.
Sheriff Jones tries to tie U.S. economic woes to immigration in Sheriff seeks governor’s support to stem employment of illegal immigrants. Jobs is an ongoing theme of Jones although overall job loss is unlikely to be tied to illegal immigration.
Bernard Pastor – a year later features an Xavier freshman student who has been in the U.S. since he was a small child and was nearly deported last year. His story illustrates the importance of comprehensive and just immigration reform. – Liz Woedl

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

We encourage you to read the policy memo Ten Economic Facts concerning immigration from The Hamilton Project sponsored by The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC.

Please write a letter to the editor of the Hamilton, Ohio newspaper the Journal News. Facts #s 3, 4, 5, 6  & 9 seem to resonate best in our locale. Please chose one section and write a letter following suggested guidelines. – Submitted by Liz Woedl

The Obama Administration announced new policies that would allow a narrow increase of non-criminal undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S., giving a higher prosecution status to serious criminals. Many Latino groups applauded the action as a step in the right direction. For more: http://huff.to/pnYcC8  – Submitted by Liz Woedl

“(Boston, MA) The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), was convicted August 5, 2011, on misdemeanor charges stemming from his nonviolent civil disobedience in Phoenix, Ariz., in July 2011…Rev. Morales responds…”  – Link posted by Liz Woedl

Campbell Robertson of the New York Times describes what happens when Bishops Criticize Tough Alabama Immigration Law“CULLMAN, Ala. — On a sofa in the hallway of his office here, Mitchell Williams, the pastor of First United Methodist Church, announced that he was going to break the law. He is not the only church leader making such a declaration these days…..” – Link posted by Liz Woedl

Sunday, August 14, 10:30 – 11:30am, Seeking Solutions. We’ll gain a broader understanding of immigration from a faith-based perspective, and from our UU tradition and consider ways in which we can achieve a policy on immigration that is in keeping with Unitarian Universalist principles. We will have a special guest, Dr. Shelly Jarrett Bromberg, Associate Professor, Department: Spanish/Portuguese; Latin American Studies.

For the handouts and information go to https://huucsj.wordpress.com/immigration/. – Submitted by Liz Woedl

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