Posts Tagged ‘amendment’

Immigrant Workers Need Our Love

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering amendments again today to the bipartisan immigration reform bill. They began the amendment process last week, and will continue through the week of May 20. The amendment process is vitally important to comprehensive immigration reform. While some of these amendments provide important anti-discrimination and labor protections for immigration workers, others would effectively eliminate the ability of any guest workers to immigrate legally to the United States.

We must raise our voices and tell the members of the Judiciary Committee that our country needs compassionate immigration reform. Senators in the Judiciary Committee need to hear from people of faith across the country about the impact these amendments will have on our communities.

Please call 1-866-940-2439 to speak with the office of a Judiciary Committee member this morning and say:

“As a person of faith, I urge the Senator to SUPPORT all immigration amendments being offered by Senator Blumenthal, and Schumer #5, which would protect immigrant workers.

I also urge you to OPPOSE amendments that would hurt immigrant workers, specifically Sessions #3, Lee #19, Hatch #19 and #20, and Grassley #73 and #74.”

If you get an answering machine, please leave a message. Staff will be reporting all day on the number of calls for and against each amendment to the Senators. Find more information on the specific amendments below.

We believe that love has no borders, love keeps families together, and love respects the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Together, we can ensure that this immigration reform bill reflects our values.

Please call 1-866-940-2439 today!

In faith,

Jennifer Toth
Campaign Manager
Standing on the Side of Love


Senator Blumenthal’s Amendments #7, #13, #17, and #18
These amendments would ban hiring discrimination based on national origin or citizenship status, provide whistleblower protections for temporary workers, ensure workers have the right to a pay stub so that they can prove employment status for the pathway to citizenship, and codify current ICE policy restricting immigration enforcement actions where labor violations have been cited, so a threat of raids won’t keep workers from reporting abuse.

Senator Schumer’s Amendment #5
This amendment would help workers change employers without the risk of losing their visa, and would provide an electronic monitoring system for the program.


Senator Sessions’ Amendment #3
This amendment would prevent any guest workers from entering the U.S. if the unemployment rate is 5 percent or more. This is such a low threshold that it could effectively keep all guest workers from immigrating to the U.S.

Senator Lee’s Amendment #19 and Senator Hatch’s Amendments #19 and #20
These amendments would exempt employers of temporary workers from complying with labor and employment laws, thus allowing them to violate the rights of temporary workers; and would limit the ability of individuals and groups from submitting a complaint about worker’s mistreatment on behalf of a mistreated temporary worker.

Senator Grassley’s Amendments #73 & #74
These amendments would restrict temporary workers (new “W” visa recipients) from renewing their visas, and would require all temporary workers to provide proof that they can and are paying for their own health insurance, which could effectively prevent almost all temporary workers from entering the U.S.

*Please note that you likely will not be connected with your own Senator’s office through this number, unless they are a specific Judiciary Committee member. This is the best way to raise our voices at this moment. Judiciary members know they are responsible to ALL of us as they consider amendments. Feel free to call 1-866-940-2439 multiple times to connect with all priority Judiciary members. The Judiciary Committee list can be found here, if you want to call directly.

The message above went out on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.

At the Dentist: Fighting the Marriage Amendment

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Rev. Meg Riley, Sr. Minister at Church of the Larger Fellowship and one of the founders of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign, is crossing borders in the unlikeliest of places: her dentist’s office. Facing an odious constitutional amendment on the Minnesota ballot this November that would ban marriage for same-gender couples, Rev. Meg is not remaining silent.

Change-makers rarely do!

Here’s a video Rev. Meg made about talking to her dental hygienist about the marriage amendment.

This is such a fantastic story of self, story of us, story of now. Pass the video on, or make your own!

As Terri Burnor said on Rev. Meg’s facebook page:

Love! I especially appreciate your reminder that convos with people who think differently can be made meaningful (and safe) when we go beyond labels and find commonality. It also makes me wonder if we shy away from reaching out to the “other” because we think we have to change their mind to make the convo “worth it.” How freeing to release that unrealistic goal and instead find ways to simply relate to each other.

Agreed, Terri.

MN Governor Mark Dayton recently told a crowd of LGBT and allied advocates that he had a dream that Minnesota would become the first state in the nation to reject a constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-gender-loving couples.

May it be so.

News Round-Up: LGBT & Allies Faith Community Rally in Charlotte

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“We are many religions gathered to declare a universal truth: we are all one human family. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face discrimination, harassment and violence all over the world and right here in North Carolina. We are here to declare a vision of a beloved community where all are respected and valued.”

-Rev. Jay Leach, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte

Thousands of us marched from the Charlotte, NC Convention Center yesterday to nearby Marshall Park, for a Standing on the Side of Love Faith Community Rally Against Homophobia & Transphobia. We partnered with local UU congregations and ministers, interfaith clergy in Charlotte, Equality North Carolina, HRC, Faith in America, and Time Out Youth, all of whom infused the rally with a local focus and audience.

Our primary goal? To oppose the anti-LGBT marriage amendment that will likely get a vote here by the legislature in September.

Want to watch the full rally footage? Click here:

Here is a run-down of the coverage.

This news station framed the debate well, soliciting the feelings of teenagers who called the amendment “bullying on a larger level.” Loan Tran, with Time Out Youth, offered a personal, eloquent speech:

Loan Tran

The Charlotte Observer has a wonderful slideshow:

Check out this slideshow from the Charlotte Observer

Check out this slideshow from the Charlotte Observer

…and an accompanying article entitled “Liberal denomination stands up for its causes”:

There are more than a few gay and lesbian UU ministers. The Rev. Robin Tanner, pastor of Piedmont Unitarian Universalist in Charlotte, is a lesbian. On Friday, she was among the speakers at the rally at Marshall Park, where participants – wearing T-shirts that spelled out “LOVE” – also registered their opposition to a proposed N.C. constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

News 14 Carolina interviewed local parent Sue Noll, who spoke eloquently about wanting all four of her children — to of whom are gay — to be treated fairly:

Sue Noll

Q Notes, a local LGBT-focused publication, covered the full breadth of speakers, including Rev. Mark Kiyimba of the UU Church of Kampala, Uganda; Rev. Tonia Rawls, Bishop of the Unity Fellowship Church; and Ian Palmquist, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina:

At the forefront of the rally were concerns over a proposed state constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples. Ian Palmquist, the outgoing executive director of the statewide advocacy group Equality North Carolina, spoke at the rally.

“We are facing real challenges right now in North Carolina,” Palmquist said. “Right-wing lawmakers have introduced an amendment not only to deny marriage equality to same-sex couples but also to potentially ban civil unions, domestic partnerships and even domestic partnerships that employers offer.”

Palmquist added, “This amendment is bad for business, bad for North Carolina and bad for the faith community and we will not allow it to become a part of our state’s constitution.”

Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls, minister of the Unity Fellowship Church of Charlotte, was one of the faith leaders who spoke in opposition of NC’s proposed anti-LGBT amendment:

Equality North Carolina’s Ian Palmquist spoke about the harms of NC’s proposed anti-LGBT amendment and the work to stop it. You can learn more about Equality North Carolina by visiting

Thanks to all who braved the heat and rain to make a difference. Together, we showed North Carolina that people of faith believe in inclusion and acceptance of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.