For 24 hours, Sunday September 3, on the White House sidewalk facing Lafayette Park, Washington D.C., UUs will be participating in a DREAM vigil to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (aka DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for Haitians and other immigrants from troubled lands. Come and meet UUSC President and CEO Tom Andrews and join with other area UUs to show our solidarity with the immigrant community under the banner of the Love Resists campaign. UU clergy will share special prayers and reflections at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and we may have some surprise entertainment and activities at other times of the day. Bring a sign or church banner, some water and/or food to share and stay as long as you like. Bring a friend or family member too!
We are called to show up for immigrant communities at a time of escalating attacks. On September 1, Texas’ notorious anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4 goes into effect. September 5,, ten states’ attorneys general are bringing a lawsuit to abolish the DACA program and force deportations. Trump has also threatened to eliminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of African, Caribbean, Asian, and Central American immigrants. If carried out, these threats would make over a million more people vulnerable to Trump’s deportation dragnet.
The three-week non-stop DREAM vigil is being organized by the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), and is endorsed by many groups, including the UUA, UUSC and UUSC’s partner, the UndocuBlack Network. The UUA, UUSC, and UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) are hosting this one day of the 22-day vigil. Join the UU presence any time on September 3rd to show that Love Resists the criminalization and deportation of our communities and neighbors.
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