Support for the Bridge Act, House of Representative Bill 496

Our Immigration Reform Team is asking Representative Issa to cosponsor the bipartisan Bridge Act. The Bridge Act would give hundreds of thousands of Dreamers a temporary relief from deportation, keeping families intact, allow them to continue their education and work and allow them to pursue their dreams. If you are in Representative Issa’s congressional district, please pass by the Social Justice table and sign a letter supporting the Bridge Act.

Social Justice Action “Know Your Rights” Information Packets

Social Justice Information Packets

The Human Rights Task Force’s Immigration Reform and Education Team will continue to distribute “Know Your Rights” and “Prepare a Family Plan” packets for individuals who are vulnerable to arrest and deportation. Members are encouraged to deliver these packets to individuals and families that they know who might be affected by the new Executive Orders, currently being considered, relating to immigrants. The Immigration Team is coordinating efforts with other churches in our area to offer legal clinics to ensure that the affected community is fully informed of their rights. Pass by the Social Justice Table between services and after the second service to pick up a packet and get more information.

March 2 – Food Bank Volunteer Night!

Service is our Prayer in ACTION! The Food Bank Volunteer Night is always from 6 – 8 PM, and just 20 minutes from UUFSD. Anyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, and great camaraderie. In December we bagged over 8,000 pounds of apples that were given to those in need the very next day. We did the work in just 2 hours!

March 2 – Food Bank Volunteer Night! This is a wonderful way to help those in need, to put SERVICE IS OUR PRYER in ACTION and to strengthen our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes more than 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families, and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help! PLUS it’s fun!

For more information and to register, you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code: sara @ saraohara.com

Going to a Protest? Make a Sign during the Gathering Hour

Social Justice Action (SJA) will be hosting a sign-making table in the Core Area during Gathering Hour for the next few Sundays.

There are a lot of local protests coming up, including every Tuesday at 10 am at Congressman Issa’s office in Vista; Saturday, Feb. 18 March in Solidarity with Immigrants at 11 am at 1600 Pacific Highway San Diego (with a sister march in Vista); Saturday, March 25 Rally at the Border at 3 pm at San Ysidro; Saturday, April 22 Scientists March and Earth Day March in San Diego, Washington, and beyond; and Saturday, April 29 Climate Action March.

Stop by the Make a Protest Sign table in the Core Area to make your own sign for any march you plan to attend. We’ve got poster-board, markers, glitter-glue, and sticker-letters. Bring your own ideas to express yourself.

Pass by the Social Justice Action Table and Support SB54

CALIFORNIA VALUES ACT SB 54

It is incredibly important that we stand in support of all immigrant communities–now more than ever given the national political climate. The California Values Act will uphold our core values of equal treatment, community, family unity, and common humanity, and send a powerful message of inclusion across the nation.

The California Values Act will do the following:

  1. State and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments will not engage in immigration enforcement. No state or local resources will be used to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
  2. State and local resources will not be used to facilitate the creation of a national registry based on religion or other protected characteristics
  3. State agencies will review their confidentiality policies in order to ensure that eligible individuals are not deterred from seeking services or engaging with state agencies. State agencies shall not collect or share information from individuals unless necessary to perform agency duties.
  4. California schools, hospitals, and courthouses will remain safe and accessible to all California residents, regardless of immigration status. Each shall establish and make public policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law.

PLEASE PASS BY THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTION TABLE ON SUNDAYS AND SUPPORT SB54

Sat Feb 4 Post-Election Indivisible Group Forming

If you are upset about the recent election results and interested in taking action, please come to an Indivisible Group formation meeting on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 am in Palmer Library. Let’s utilize the democratic process to promote our UU values of equality, diversity and social justice.

Please review the Indivisible Guide at www.indivisibleguide.com prior to the meeting, if possible. E-mail Karen Reimus at reimus1@aol.com with any questions.

UUFSD Petition in Support of the Lakota People Law Project

Standing on the Side of Love – We talked the Talk – Are We Ready to Walk the Walk

Our petition asks that President Trump

  1. Ensure that the full environmental review process—for the entire pipeline—is completed in an inclusive and transparent manner; and
  2. Deny a permit for the pipeline in ANY area that will pose a threat to the water of the Native people of Standing Rock or any of the millions of people downstream from where the pipeline may pass.

Please pass by the Environmental Justice table in the core area, on Sundays, January 29, February 5 and February 12 and sign our petition. In addition to President Trump, copies of the petition will be sent to our Members of Congress

Withdrawal of proposed Action of Immediate Witness Statement

With regret, I am withdrawing the proposed Action of Immediate Witness Statement which would have brought a congregational resolution supportive of Gun Violence Prevention to a vote at the June 19 Congregational meeting.

UUFSD is certainly emotionally and academically supportive of the proposal but the purpose of the resolution should be to reflect the action of the fellowship. Maybe with more time and further engagement we can try again.

Thanks to all who helped begin this process. This is journey and we will continue to find ways to support Gun Violence Prevention

Steve Bartram
GVP Coordinator