Immigrant & Migrant Solidarity HUB

"At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and the core values of American society.  ... we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person

We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.  As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us." 

Opening words of the Declaration of Conscience, joint statement
of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, January 2017

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Protect Immigrant Families: Comment Period Open on Rule Change Last Updated on 2018-10-13 14:30:05 The time for action is NOW (comment period closes Dec. 10) on a proposed change to the federal rule on Public Charge. This rule change has been posted to the Federal Register and is open for public comment. As part of the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition in Washington, we have a unique faith community portal to use.  Please use it to add your voice to thousands across our country that have already said NO to the Trump Administration’s proposed change that will harshly impact millions of immigrant families. For more information, please see the excellent synthesis below from our partners at Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition. Please write a comment today You’ll find there is a suggested message already in the portal, but in order to be counted it is important to add a line or two from your unique perspective, a story, why you care about... More »
Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement Last Updated on 2018-10-13 13:40:22   From Washington's Office of Attorney General:   "The United States Supreme Court recognized in Arizona v. United States, “[a]s a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain present in the United States.”   In addition, noncitizens — like other Washingtonians — are afforded certain rights by the Washington and United States Constitutions. As explained in more detail below, local government agencies retain significant discretion regarding whether and how to participate in federal immigration enforcement. Local agencies nonetheless must adhere to the requirements and prohibitions of the Washington and United States Constitutions and federal and state laws in serving the public, regardless of whether an individual is lawfully present in the United... More »
Sustainable Leadership for Social Change, Program in Massachusetts Last Updated on 2018-10-03 15:58:20   Engage emerging and existing justice leaders in creative, action oriented, sustainable spirit-centered movement, social justice and coalition building. This is no time to be casual in our justice work. We are in a time of change, and we need to have trained leaders in our communities. The new Sustainable Leadership for Social Change certificate program begins this November at the Rowe Center. This program is geared to train new social activists, to support those already immersed in the work of justice, and to explore how we sustain this work. We will emphasize coalition and fusion work, sustainability and resiliency, strategy development and adaptability, healthy group decision making and collaborative leadership. A two-year certificate program with two weekend workshops and two week-long intensives each year. Nov. 11-16, 2018; May 5-10, 2019, Fall 2019; Spring 2020... More »
Help the Refugees in Sheridan Get Released Last Updated on 2018-10-03 14:54:44 Action of the Week! Help the refugees in Sheridan get released!   You may know that under the current administration’s zero tolerance policy everyone crossing the border is being arrested whether they are requesting asylum or not. Requesting asylum is legal. Can you imagine traveling thousands of miles, fleeing horrible conditions to the United States, thinking this will be a safe haven and instead being chained and shackled and sent to a federal prison? These men have spent months in lock down conditions, never even going outside, not understanding why they are there since they committed no crime. Thanks to a number of pro bono attorneys, including Innovation Law Lab, a judge found they all have valid asylum claims but is requiring they post bond.   There are 10 men left in Sheridan who have not been able to raise the bond money. The Action of the Week is to... More »
Trump Administration's Latest Immigrant Attack; Good News in Children's Case Last Updated on 2018-09-27 14:54:48     This weekend (Sept. 21) the Trump administration announced a proposal that could harm the ability of immigrant families to access crucial health and nutrition assistance. The proposed regulation, released by the Department of Homeland Security in draft form on September 22, would broaden the definition of "public charge" and would allow immigration authorities to deny permanent resident status to applicants who have legally accessed certain forms of federal benefits. This proposal would effectively impose an income test on immigration, potentially pricing millions of families out of the American dream.   This remains just a proposal and there is still time to fight back, but the fear and confusion created by this announcement has the potential to be just as damaging as the proposal itself.   What is "Public Charge"?   The public... More »