Statement of Belief
We believe that people who love each other have the right to be together.
We believe that what’s happening with immigration policy is racially driven and in order to abolish current practices, the problem must be understood within the frame of white supremacy culture.
We beleive that we must show up and support our immigrant neighbors directly while we also continue to advocate for legislative changes that will have a statewide impact.
Provide direct support to immgrant families through the network of immigrant accompaniment teams. UU Mass Action engages in building capacity to meet the needs identified by our front line partners.
Pass legislation that will provide key protections of the rights of immigrant families in Massachusetts.
Plan of Action
UU Mass Action is part of the Safe Communities Coalition leadership team. This coalition centers the voice of people who are impacted by current policies and immigrant leadership. It’s primary focus is to pass the Safe Communities Act in protect immigrant families in Massachusetts. The bill was filed in January 2019, S.1401/H.3573 FACT SHEET
We are also working to pass Work & Family Mobility Act S.2061/H.3012 FACT SHEET Being stopped and found to be driving without a license is one of the primary reasons an undocumented immigrant is arrested and detained. There’s no reason why anyone should be prevented from applying for a driver’s license. We need to change the current law.
UU Mass Action collaborates with our faith partners in strengthening the immigrant accompaniment networks through the state.
To learn more about how to participate in an accompaniment network, contact: Laura Wagner firstname.lastname@example.org
Accompanying people to court for immigration hearings, both federal and district courts
Accompanying people to the Burlington ICE office for check-ins
Letter writing in support of someone’s upcoming hearing
Raising funds for bond and legal fees
Developing legal resources and connecting people to attorneys
Organizing vigils and Jericho Walks
Family support and much more
County Jails Bring Millions of Dollars to Massachusetts by Imprisoning ICE Detainees WBUR Report
6 Week Curriculum, Immigration as a Moral Issue – Unitarian Universalist Association
UU Immigration Toolkit
UUA Resources, Immigration
Immigration Data, Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
UUCSJ and UURISE collaboration on an updated toolkit (as of Feb 2017)
The Informed Immigrant – In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, millions of documented and undocumented immigrants face increased uncertainty around their status in the United States. Immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country have banded together and pooled resources to help immigrants and their allies obtain the current best-known information and guidance.
Informed Immigrant was put together by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Center for Community Change, FWD.us, National Immigration Law Center, SEIU, and United We Dream, among other organizations. The site is also offered in Spanish (Korean coming soon).
The URL for this resource is: https://www.informedimmigrant.com/.