The Northwest UU Justice Network is a growing group of Unitarian Universalists (UUs) who are working to build a more just and sustainable world. We "do more, more easily and to greater effect" by working together.
The Mass Moral March in Raleigh drew more UUs from standing together in North Carolina than had ever answered a call in our history (outside of a GA). Jennifer Toth and the...
Northwest Detention Center Detainees on Hunger StrikeLast Updated on 2014-03-10 14:44:24*The following was released on March 7, 2014 by Maru Mora Villalpando of Latino Advocacy*
BREAKING For Immediate Release
Contact: Maru Mora Villalpando (206) 251-6658
March 7, 2014
Tacoma, WA - The organizers of the action that stopped a bus and two vans from leaving the detention facility less than two weeks ago report that a hunger strike involving 1200 people is underway within the Tacoma detention facility to address the deplorable conditions in the Geo-run immigration jail and to call on the President to end deportations.
Earlier today radio station KDNA received a call on air from someone identifying themselves as a relative of one of the organizers of the hunger strike. It was later verified by people within the facility.
The group has obtained a photo of the strikers¹ handwritten demands. It reads: “Please contact the news. There’s 1200 people not... More »
Call Congress Tuesday, March 11, 2014 to eliminate the ICE detention bed quotaLast Updated on 2014-03-06 20:11:54Our national budget currently ensures enough money to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in privately owned ICE detention facilities on any given day. It has become big business with the power in the hands of those with the incentive to get more people locked up and keep them there.
This Tuesday is #EndTheQuota National Call-in Day. Call your Senators and Representatives on Tuesday and tell them Congress should eliminate the detention bed quota. On March 4th, the President submitted his budget request for DHS and ICE to Congressional appropriators. Now, your Members of Congress need to hear from you.
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Click here to find your Senators and their phone numbers
Click here to find your Representative and their phone numbers
For additional information, including support for setting up meetings with your Senators and Congresspeople and... More »
(140305) NWuuJN Alerts and Events March 5, 2014Last Updated on 2014-03-06 02:13:23Action Alerts and Upcoming Events for Justice
From the Northwest UU Justice Network
March 5, 2014
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Rachel Maddow Show covers Tacoma (Wash.) Deportation Bus Blockade: A dozen people, including UU Jolinda Stephens, locked themselves together Feb. 24 at the Northwest Detention Center to peacefully block the deportation of immigrants. Read Stephens’ story and watch the Rachel Maddow Show’s TV clip.
The Mass Moral March in Raleigh (N.C.) drew 80,000... More »
WA Legislative Update (3/4/14 from FAN) - Includes Death Penalty, the DREAM/Hope Act, Human Trafficking, Juvenile Records, Post-Secondary Education, and Wage Theft.Last Updated on 2014-03-05 18:42:09NWuuJN is pleased to repost this legislative update from Washington’s Faith Action Network.
“Week Eight Legislative Alert
If you have not already, please thank Gov. Inslee for issuing his executive order to place a moratorium on our state's death penalty law. You can contact Gov. Inslee directly by clicking here or calling the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 1-800-635-9993).
Suggested message: "As a person of faith and member of Faith Action Network I would like to thank you for using your leadership to make sure our state joins the many other states who have placed a moratorium on the death penalty.”
· The Stop Wage Theft Coalition (FAN is a member) has now declared the four wage theft bills dead in the Senate. The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chair made the decision to not bring these bills up for... More »
Edmonds UU Church commits to "Get Money Out of Politics" - How about you and your congregation?Last Updated on 2014-03-04 22:48:39*Sign WA State Initiative 1329 to “Get Money Out of Politics”*
Early in January, members of the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, encouraged by its Peace and Justice Committee, passed a Congregational Stand to “Get Money Out of Politics.
It wasn’t long before a new Washington state initiative (1329) appeared to work toward just that end. This initiative (1329) is sponsored by an organization called WAMEND which states on its website (WAMEND.org) that it is its mission…
to put the State of Washington on record as calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The amendment will empower the people to pass laws which will limit and control money in politics. We believe this amendment is needed to enshrine the intent of the people to make political candidates and representatives responsive to the needs and desires of the people alone.
We, the... More »
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