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Love Resists, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, and the Social Justice Ministry of All Souls DC will defend DACA and TPS determinations for African, Caribbean, Asian, and Central American immigrants

For more information, contact:
Pamela Sparr, UUSC Associate Director for Justice-Building
(617) 301-4335 (office)
psparr@uusc.org

Rachel Walden, UUA Communications Specialist
(617) 948-4652 (office)
(979) 492-4827 (mobile)
rwalden@uua.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2017

 

WASHINGTON, DC: The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will hold a 24-hour vigil in front of the White House on September 3, 2017.

UUSC and UUA, on behalf of their joint campaign Love Resists, will be joined by Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice and the Social Justice Ministry of All Souls DC in Lafayette Park to support DREAM Action, a 22-day long effort to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) determinations for hundreds of thousands of African, Caribbean, Asian, and Central American immigrants. The need to defend DACA has intensified in just the past few days as news outlets recently revealed the Trump administration is “strongly considering” ending the program, putting nearly 1 million people at risk of immediate deportation.

DREAM Action is organized by the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and co-sponsored by multiple organizations, including UUSC partners the National Domestic Workers Alliance and UndocuBlack Network. Since August 15, the five-year anniversary of DACA’s implementation, immigrants, organizers, and volunteers have been peacefully demonstrating in front of the White House to raise awareness and protest the possible termination of DACA and TPS programs that affect millions of people nationwide.

The vigil will end on September 5, the deadline given by attorneys general of ten states —Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Idaho, West Virginia and Kansas — for President Trump to rescind DACA. The South Sudan and Sudan TPS programs are also scheduled for possible cancellation in early September.

Since January, UUSC and the UUA have worked through Love Resists organizing over 15,000 individuals across the country to defend core values and show solidarity with communities under attack, providing financing, technical assistance, and organizing support to bolster grassroots resistance led by vulnerable populations. Love Resists aims to protect those most at risk and transform the politics of hate to create safer, more just, welcoming, and sustainable communities for all. Learn more about the campaign at loveresists.org.

The September 3 DREAM Action vigil provides another moment for Love Resists to show our solidarity with the immigrant community and make our voices heard on behalf of the millions of individuals which depend on programs like DACA and TPS. Love Resists staff will share messages of support from people across the country and will be urging congregations to call the White House and affirm their support for DACA and TPS throughout the day.

Highlights of the September 3 vigil include:

  • Morning prayers at 8:30 a.m. led by Reverend Katie Romano Griffin, Assistant Minister, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda, Md.
  • Evening prayer led by Reverend Robert Keithan, Minister of Social Justice, All Souls Church, Unitarian, Washington, D.C.

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The UUA is a religious association of congregations established in 1961 via the consolidation of the Universalist Church of America (organized in 1793) and the American Unitarian Association (organized in 1825). With the membership of more than 1,000 independently governed congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas, the UUA helps UU congregations thrive and promotes the values of Unitarian Universalism.

Founded in 1940, UUSC is a nonsectarian philanthropic organization that works to advance human rights and social justice around the world. By partnering with grassroots organizations, mobilizing members and supporters, and advocating for changes in public policy, UUSC helps people claim their rights — from the right to organize as workers to the right to safety and relief in the wake of disaster.