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Rev. Mary Wellemeyer: Day 2-The Desert and The Wall

This blog post, by Rev. Mary Wellemeyer, Interim Minister of Columbine UU Church in Littleton, Colorado, is part of a series on her trip to see how Unitarian Universalists can help the situation at the Arizona-Mexico border. ——————————————————————————————– Today I joined with a community college group for a very quick tour of a few important...

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The Story of a Hunger Striker

On July 1st, 2011, Martin Altamirano and Salvador Zamora began a hunger strike to protest Georgia’s harsh anti-immigrant law, HB87.  After Salvador fell ill, Martin ended his fast to care for Salvador, who continued his hunger strike for a total of 70 days.  They hope to continue advocating for immigration reform across the country. Rev....

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Rev. Mary Wellemeyer: Getting Started in Tucson

Today is the first day of my three-day visit to Tucson to find out more about how Unitarian Universalists might be able to help around what happens to people who cross the United States-Mexico border and end up in the United States without proper documents. I can’t say enough about the kind hospitality at Borderlinks,...

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Reflection on My Trip to the Border

In October the Pacific Southwest District Board of Trustees spent our retreat in Tucson, Arizona. The focus of our retreat was to experience the border by visiting the city of Nogales, Mexico. We also witnessed Operation Streamline: ”a Bush Administration program implemented in 2005 ordering federal criminal charges for every person who crosses the border illegally.”...

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Youth Organizers Work to Protect Their Community from SB1070

On the south side of Tucson, Tierra y Libertad, a grassroots community organization, is undertaking a variety of programs to support the local immigrant community in the face of harsh, unjust laws like SB1070. Tierra y Libertad’s Protection Network holds forums to educate immigrants on their rights and provides emergency savings, text message alerts about...

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