Solidarity Pilgrimage for Immigrant Justice
to Aug 24

Solidarity Pilgrimage for Immigrant Justice

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Learn more about the Solidarity Pilgrimage for Immigrant Justice
Lead organizer,
Essex County Community Organization and our own Rev. Wendy von Courter is part of the lead organizing team!


We are excited to announce ECCO’s Solidarity Pilgrimage for Immigrant Justice, August 19th-24th.  Walking from the JFK Building in Boston (Warren Headquarters) to the ICE Detention Center in Dover, NH, we will join pilgrimage partners from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. 

We walk to denounce the racist immigration system that dehumanizes Muslims, uses Black and Brown bodies for profit, cages children, and causes death. We will call on the presidential primary candidates to make immigration a centerpiece of their presidential platforms.   Please save the date and let us know if you can join any part of this historic effort!

Why We Are Walking

Why are we walking?  Because history and conscience demand we take action.  As Dr. Stephen Ray, President of Chicago Theological Seminary teaches, we are in a pre-genocidal moment, characterized by three factors: 1) One group of people is targeted and demonized.  2) A registry is created to track these people. 3) Concrete plans are developed to remove those targeted from the nation. 

As we witness the horrific violence increasing towards those who are judged not to belong, Muslims, Jews, Black folks, immigrants, and others, we are called to act in the spirit of the Hebrew prophets - boldly, courageously, and creatively! To this end, we are walking to incite public moral outrage at our government’s unjust actions against the immigrant community. 

We are sending a message that our immigration crisis is a moral crisis.  Through our public pressure, we must create permanent protection and a path towards citizenship for the many undocumented immigrants that strengthen our communities. Members of our ECCO immigrant community like Blanca, who recently was interviewed for this article in the Boston Globe, are fighting every day against unjust deportation and detention. This is our moment to join them!

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Global Climate Strike!
9:00 AM09:00

Global Climate Strike!

Save the Date!’

The massive global youth-led school strikes movement is growing! After prompting the biggest climate mobilization ever in March, the youth strikes have continued to grow, with 2,300 school strikes taking place in over 130 countries last month.

On September 20, people all over the world are following their lead and joining the strikes. T

The Statewide Steering Team of 350 Mass voted to endorse and organize with youth leaders and our movement partners toward making the Global Climate Strike in Massachusetts a success. UU Mass Action has pledged to join this effort.

This is going to be an enormous undertaking and it’s going to take all of us. This is a great opportunity for us to stand in solidarity with youth and frontline communities, as we build towards a Green New Deal in Massachusetts.

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Toward Decentering Whiteness
9:00 AM09:00

Toward Decentering Whiteness

Please read the Commission’s Report prior to coming. Access at

Admission is free though registration is required.
Registration closes 09-27 or at capacity.

Co-led by Meck Groot, New England Region UUA; Patty Shepard, Winchester

Unitarian Society; and Susan Shepherd, First Parish Cambridge FLYER

Hosted by the Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main Street, Winchester, MA

Through brief presentation and lots of small group conversation, we will:

  • explore the systemic issues that were at play in the search for a Lead for the Southern Region as outlined in the UUA Commission on Institutional Change’s “Findings Related to the Southern Regional Lead Hiring Decision, Spring 2017,”

  • apply the Commission’s findings and recommendations to realities at the congregational level, and

  • identify possible steps congregations can take to decenter whiteness and to center individuals and communities with marginalized identities and experience.

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