A call for help from Arizona
The message below went out to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.
My refrigerator is covered with pictures of family, friends, children, library receipts and my son’s artwork. However in Arizona, parents who are undocumented are clearing their refrigerators and placing prominently on them a single sheet of paper.
This one piece of paper tells social services what to do with their children if they are arrested.
What is happening in Arizona to families is wrong. Taking parents away from their children is a violation of human rights and of Love’s law – of God’s law. When families are being terrorized, I must stand up for what my faith tells me is good and right. And I need your help.
I am asking you to come to Phoenix from July 28 – 30th to be a part of the National Day of Non Compliance with SB 1070. On July 29th, the day SB 1070 goes into effect, Maricopa County law enforcement has announced major sweeps and raids to implement the law. Whether or not the law takes effect that day, all will be needed — particularly ministers, with your collars on — to witness and support families.
We need at least 200 clergy and laity from across the country to come and support the human rights movement here on the ground. Thanks to a generous donation from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, we can provide assistance with travel to those who most need it. We can also help with home hospitality.
I am giving up my vacation. Our music director is ending her vacation early. Others will be making sacrifices to be here. If you cannot be here for the full time, or if you can come earlier or stay later, we will need you however and whenever you can be here. Now is the time to stand up, to lift our voices, to be powerful witnesses for love in the face of fear.
Please join us as we stand with immigrant families in Arizona.
Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
P.S. If you cannot make it to Arizona to help families on the ground, we can still use your help. Can you make a donation to support Standing on the Side of Love immigrant justice work?