Join UU Women in a Solidarity Fast!
Currently 51% of people migrating to the United States are women, and the overwhelming majority of them are mothers. The human face of this statistic has been broadcast nationwide in the courageous stories of young undocumented mothers who have been separated from their children and deported. Our immigrant sisters stand unafraid in calling for an immigration process that keeps all families together, safeguards the labor and civil rights of immigrant women workers, protects survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, and empowers millions of immigrant women with the language and other help they may need to contribute their skills fully.
On Sunday, March 30, we will be fasting for 24-hours to demand comprehensive immigration reform. We invite Unitarian Universalist women, including trans women, genderqueer women, and all those who stand in solidarity with immigrant families to join us. We pray our legislators will listen to the collective cry from women all across the country. We who are fasting are making the statement that addressing immigration reform is more important than eating. That sustaining our bodies means little if we are neglecting our collective soul. That the abuses taking place daily must stop. That we demand compassionate and just immigration reform and we demand it now!
Unitarian Universalists have been strong advocates and allies in la lucha (the fight) for immigration reform for many years. Our theology calls us into relationship with all those impacted by the immigration system. We are called into the messiness, into the heartbreak, and into the struggle for justice. We know there are multiple paths to Truth and many ways to journey towards the Beloved Community. We hope you will open your heart to this 24-hour fast and to this Truth: immigration reform is needed immediately, and it must be fair for women! We encourage you to join us for this act of solidarity – let us be enriched by our diversity and unity in la lucha.
Join us this Sunday, March 30 for a UU Women’s Day of Action on Immigration as we fast in solidarity with the immigrant women and families who are most harmed by our current immigration system!
Rev. Marti Keller, Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, Minister of Social Justice, All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC
Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo, Parish Minister of Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, MA