OUR WORK (First Nations)

From working to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery to standing with First Nations to protect indigenous cultures, treaty rights of First Nations, sacred lands, and Mother Earth herself, UUs in the Northwest are becoming an ever stronger a voice of support, compassion and activism on behalf of indigenous nations everywhere.  They come to this work by asking the First Nations not how they can fix  problems for them, but how we can work together to save their people and ours.

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Lummi Council Member Jay Julius 
photoby Paul Anderson


 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock 
photo by Joe Brusky

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Faith Action Network: Thanks for Successful Fundraiser, Oppose GOP Tax Plan, Events & Opportunities Last Updated on 2017-11-25 14:26:54     Our hearts are still full and our resolve strengthened by the good spirit and success of our Annual Dinner last Sunday, Nov. 19. More than 450 people gathered in Renton to celebrate Faith Action Network’s statewide, interfaith movement for justice and raise critical funds to sustain our work for the challenges ahead. The theme “Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public,” as quoted by Dr. Cornel West, guided the evening. People from 20 different faith traditions, unions and community groups were inspired by the message of keynote speaker Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu: "Our union as a nation is more durable than the forces of divisiveness,” she said. "We refuse to be isolated. We refuse to be divided; we must refuse the invitation to embrace hatred. People of good will – people of faith – must show up with a... More »
FAN Update: Nov. 19 Fundraiser Dinner, Contact Congress about Tax Act Last Updated on 2017-11-17 17:32:15   Make Your Voice Count in Congress The Tax Cut & Jobs Act (HR 1) was passed out of House Ways and Means Committee last Thursday by a party-line vote. Both Congressman Dave Reichert (8th District) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (1st District) are members of that committee. House leadership plans a floor vote by this Thursday. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also revealed the Senate Republican tax plan, and leadership is looking at a vote after their Thanksgiving recess. This plan is bad for Washington for three key reasons: This tax reform plan is fiscally irresponsible and will surge the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. It will threaten the future funding of critical federal programs, such as Medicaid,... More »
Harassment and Hate Speech Bystander Intervention Workshop, Nov. 12, 2017 in Seattle Last Updated on 2017-11-08 20:56:09 Disrupt Hate Now! Bystander Intervention Workshop Bystander Intervention Workshop Harrassment and hate speech are on the rise across the country, and effective intervention is difficult and risky. This workshop at Admiral Congregational Church, 4320 SW Hill Street (Hill and California), in West Seattle from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 12th, is interactive and immersive, designed to help participants practice intervention strategies and learn what works and what doesn’t. Based on role-playing, this workshop will help participants: to identify speech or actions that are or may become hate-based, to support the targeted person, to de-escalate the the emotional energy in the situation, and to manage our own stress responses when intervening to protect and to de-escalate. More »
Faith Action Network - Children aren't Bargaining Chips and Other Calls To Action Last Updated on 2017-10-16 19:43:29 Children Aren’t Bargaining Chips Last week, Congress allowed the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program(CHIP) to expire. For twenty years, CHIP has given health care to children in need. Washington State could run out of CHIP funds as early as November. This and other essential public health programs, such as funding for community health centers, must be extended immediately. Rather than proposing a clean bill to reauthorize these programs and get services to children in need as quickly as possible, House Republicans have proposed two bills – the Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3921) and the Champion Act (H.R. 3922) – which would cut funds from Medicaid and from the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund in order to pay for them. Stealing... More »
Kwel’Hoy, We Draw the Line! October 14-17, 2017, 5 Northwest Locations Last Updated on 2017-10-11 02:49:27 The proposed Cherry Point coal terminal would have sat on the ancestral lands of the Lummi Nation known as Xwe’chi’eXen. Just this past month, we had a major win when the State of Washington denied a key permit to the largest coal export terminal in the nation, proposed along the Lower Columbia in Longview. We have made progress, but the floodwaters of projects have not yet retreated, and we must grow our numbers to protect our salmon, our air, our climate and our communities from the coal, oil, and fracked gas industry. As part of this work, please join members of the Lummi Nation’s House of Tears Carvers for the 2017 Totem Pole Journey, Kwel’Hoy, We Draw the Line! The totem pole, created by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Nation House of Tears carvers, will remind us of our place within nature, our responsibility to future generations, and our... More »