As you know, attention has been focused on the new racial profiling laws in Arizona. As an organization of people of color, DRUUMM needs to be involved in this issue. You can learn more about the conversation in the UUA at http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/blog/called-to-arizona/. What do you think? We need to hear from you in the next two days as we develop our position on this.
DRUUMM Family and Friends,
My heart ACHES with all that is taking place in AZ since learning about all the racism that has and continues to take place. It is my strong desire to see the we, as DRUUMM, take a collective ACTION in support of members of our DRUUMM Community, specifically LUUNA and others who identify as Latina(o)/Hispanic in how to best move forward at this critical time.
To hear that our President has sent or is sending 1,200 National Guards persons to AZ this week(end) brings up FEELING associated with actions taken by our government during the 1950s, 60s, 70s to 'hold down the protests' (ie the ACTION that will take place this evening).
I also PRAY that we as Unitarian Universalists go to our sources/RESOURCES in such times. Faith in ACTION and in our collective prayer/meditation life. May "JUSTice roll down like water..."
Thank the DRUUMM Leadership for such an opportunity to STAND in this critcal moment in our collective hirstory! Amen, Blessed BE and Shalom! Rev Chris Long
In the congregation I am serving there seems to be little concern about this. I did light a candle about it right after the Board announced its boycott, and while there were nodding heads, no one has spoken to me
In some ways, given what happened in the GA at Ft. Lauderdale, the Board had no choice but to boycutt since they have some time to work with this time around. And given that they took the leap, we are beholden to them to help make it happen.
I did not know that LUUNA made a statement and would like to see it posted here, as there is no efficiency in reproducing a wheel that is already turning. And, if DRUUMM would like to issue one of its own, it ought to strenghened what's out there, not simply repeat it.
I already know if it stays in Arizona I will not be present. That is one way I can use the two cents that I earn to good use.
With passion and conviction,
Marta Valentin/Littleton, MA
To the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian
Our Association has a long and honored history
of stepping up and speaking out for justice during difficult times. No only do
we have records that tell us what we, as an organization, an institution, did, we
also have anecdotal records, the stories that tell us what individuals or
smaller groups around the country did.
Recent events in Arizona --- namely the signing
of a bill that potentially encourages racist behavior --- have brought us to
another such time. As a Unitarian Universalist, as a minister, I believe we
must speak out and make our values known in the greater society. As chair of the
Latina/o Unitarian Universalist Association Networking Association, I respectfully
ask you to consider our requests for action.
Universalist Board of Trustees
From: Rev. Patricia
The Latino/a Unitarian Universalist Networking Association
(LUUNA) formally protests the adoption of Arizona’s SB 1070. Its very vagueness will provide a means for
law enforcement agencies to harass individuals on the basis of appearance
alone. This bill is just the tip of the
iceberg, however. Other bills pending
HB 2162: that would
establish and support vigilante groups along the US/Mexican border
HB 2382: that mandates the educational facilities gather and
maintain citizenship information on all its students
HB2281: that imposes penalties on educational facilities
that offer any courses on ethnic studies
SB 1097: that the Department of Education will collect data
on school districts’ populations of non-citizen students and their
identities. Data should include research
on impact of non-citizen students’enrollment, and cost to taxpayers per
non-citizen student. Based on these data reports, the State Superintendent
Instruction can withhold state aid for those non-citizen students.
These bills would simply provide legal means to harass and
oppress Hispanic, as well as other minority, communities. I cannot begin to
describe the impact on individuals and families. Families may be split apart, and individuals
may be arrested by association. There is a human face in all of this. In your community, do you know who they are?
Do not think that Arizona is alone in its efforts. For
example, law enforcement in other states is already mandated to stop
individuals suspected of being here illegally, to arrest and deport them. Legislation such as this, if
condoned, will embolden other anti-Hispanic/racist actions all over the United
Therefore, LUUNA calls on the Unitarian Universalist
Association, and its member congregations to:
Protest the action by the state of Arizona by joining other
organizations in calling for a boycott of Arizona.
Urge the President and Congress of the United Sates to pass
comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Appoint a task force to study and disseminate information on
LUUNA urges all its members and allies to join together to
protest the actions of the state of Arizona and demand justice from our