Over the past 100 days (and counting), the Trump administration’s conduct has called into question not only its commitment to human dignity but also its commitment to democracy and freedom. However, in spite of the numerous attempts by the current administration to chill civil and human rights and warp our sense of democracy, I am heartened by the joy and resistance that I see every day.
Earlier this week, on International Workers Day, UUSC and our friends at the UUA joined with other local faith communities, unions, the Movement for Black Lives, Mijente, Cosecha, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and the May 1st Coalition. We marched in Chelsea, Mass. to protest the criminalization of immigrants and communities of color, policies that threaten the planet, and economic inequality.
That morning, staff also joined an intersectional group of activists from Boston’s Latinx, Haitian, Chinese, and Muslim communities (organized in part by former UUSC partner, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) at the Massachusetts State House. The group called on legislators to pass the Safe Communities Act, which would implement statewide policies to protect immigrant and Muslim communities from deportation raids and threats to civil liberties.
As an international human rights advocacy organization, UUSC works with 76 partners in 27 foreign countries and across the United States on issues related to economic justice, climate justice, and rights at risk. Grounded in a deep belief in love, equality, and humanity, we fight in partnership with the oppressed. These first 100 days have reinforced the power of community and the need to unite our forces. UUSC will continue to amplify the grassroots voices of those we work with and do everything we can to disrupt structural sources of oppression that create and reinforce systems of inequality. I thank you for your support as we move forward together.
Below you will find an exciting update about Love Resists, a new campaign from the UUA, UUSC and the UU College of Social Justice (CSJ). You’ll also hear about a multi-pronged resistance effort already happening in Texas and learn more about training opportunities for the next generation of social justice activists.
Vice-President and Chief Program Officer
Activate Youth Justice: http://uucsj.org/youth/
Items of Note:
Here are a few of UUSC’s favorite blogs from the past month. Click to read and make sure to share online!
Defining Sanctuary Cities – And Why That Definition Must Expand
UUSC Condemns Trump’s Praise of Philippine President Duterte
A Positive Step from Tyson But Workers Wait to Celebrate
The Nepal Earthquake: Two years later
Making A Deeper Commitment to Climate Justice Month
UUSC Condemns Repeal of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order
Criminalization: Legalized discrimination