A Story of Courageous Love from Southern Arizona
The message below went out to Standing on the Side of Love supporters on Tuesday, February 1, 2011. You can sign-up for these emails here.
Across the country, many of us are preparing to creatively re-imagine Valentine’s Day. I wanted to share with you an inspiring story of how one community will be celebrating National Standing on the Side of Love Day this year.
In Arizona, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson will present courageous love awards to the organizations behind the We Reject Racism campaign, a strategic collaboration between Tierra Y Libertad Organization, a barrio-based group on the Southside of Tucson that promotes community self-determination and respect for land, people, and culture – and No More Deaths, a predominately Anglo organization that works in Northern Sonora and Southern Arizona with migrants who have recently been repatriated or are currently in the process of crossing the desert.
Sarah Launius, of No More Deaths, describes the campaign as follows:
“Through the We Reject Racism campaign we recognize that attacks on immigrant communities are fundamentally about race and racism – this is to say, they are about who is to be included and who is excluded from our society, and the criteria used to make this distinction. Ours is a multi-cultural vision that seeks to defend the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of ethnicity, status or national origin. Instead of merely framing our work exclusively in terms of SB1070 or “immigrant rights”, we seek to open up the debate and project an embracive notion of citizenship that defends the ability of everyone to live, work and love whomever and wherever they choose.”
By recognizing this courageous love, members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson are building bridges in their own community to overcome injustice.
Lifting up the courageous love in our lives really does matter.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized with this “Courageous Love” award,” said Sarah Launius. “Notification of this award allows us to reach congregations and supporters throughout the United States, with the hope of building lasting and transformative relationships with one another that transcend the fault lines that too often divide our communities. We must work together if we are to realize the future of an America based on justice and dignity for all.”
This Feb. 14th, and the days surrounding, how will you honor courageous love and promote justice in your community?
In partnership for a more just and loving world,
Standing on the Side of Love