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1000 Voices for Immigration Justice – Write a Letter Today

UULMNJ’s Immigration Task Force is launching a letter writing campaign to President Obama, encouraging him to more closely follow his own Administration’s immigration policies. Their goal is to have members of NJ UU congregations deliver 1,000 letters to him by Inauguration Day, January 21, 2013.  For more information, see below.

Download a sample letter here.

And after you have sent a letter, please drop us an email at director@uulmnj.org to let us know that you have taken action.  Thank you.

To:  Immigration ...

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Immigration as a Moral Issue – Statement of Conscience

UUA CSAI (Congregational Study/Action Issue)
2010-2014 “Immigration as a Moral Issue”

At General Assembly in 2010, Immigration as a Moral Issue was selected as the UUA Congregational Study Action Issue for the next four years. Congregations and districts were encouraged to begin programs of education and reflection, service, community organizing, advocacy, and public witness. The General Assembly held in Phoenix in 2012 was specifically focused on Immigration issues, and the staff Commission on Social Witness (CSW) organized and conducted ...

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A Bit of Good News on HR3590

Here’s a little bit of good news on the immigration reform front. Rep. Chris Smith, a Congressman representing the Fourth Congressional District (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean County) has agreed to be the first Republican sponsor of HR-3590, a bill that would waive the one-year deadline for Indonesians who have experienced violent persecution.  With a Republican sponsor, HR-3590 can now be introduced in committee.  If this special legislation is passed quickly it could prevent the imminent deportation of hundreds of Indonesian ...

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Immigration Reform: HR3590 Gains Sponsor

Here’s a little bit of good news on the immigration reform front. Rep. Chris Smith, a Congressman representing the Fourth Congressional District (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean County) has agreed to be the first Republican sponsor of HR-3590, a bill that would waive the one-year deadline for Indonesians who have experienced violent persecution.  With a Republican sponsor, HR-3590 can now be introduced in committee.  If this special legislation is passed quickly it could prevent the imminent deportation of hundreds of ...

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Ridgewood: Evening About Immigration – Feb. 24

Friday, February 24, at 7:30 at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood: an evening about immigration, planned and carried out by immigrants. The event includes a preview screening of a video-in-the-making about the life of Elias Garcia, one of our immigrant friends from North Bergen; and made by Juan Pablo Morales Estrada.  The dance performance is by a group of Guatemalan workers who have gotten together to present the story of the Guatemalan hero, Tecun Uman, in a traditional stylized dance/declamation format.

We are ...

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Ridgewood: Films and Discussions: 1/13/12 and 2/3/12

Friday, January 13: The film “Which Way Home” shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face many dangers as they try to get to the U.S. to work or to join their families, on top of a freight train they call “The Beast.”

Friday, Feburary 3: “Lost in Detention” , Frontline film, investigates President Obama’s enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of immigrant detention, with a penetrating look at who is being detained and ...

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Immigration Reform: Priority Issues – Fall 2011

At the Fall 2011 Issues Workshop, the Immigration Task Force agreed to take on the issue of Wage Theft this year, and to support A-3948 and S-3068.

Many workers in New Jersey, including undocumented workers, are being exploited by unscrupulous employers who fail to follow Wage and Hour Laws.  The Wage Protection Act, which is being introduced in the NJ Assembly (A 3948) by Annette Quijano, (D-20) and in the NJ Senate (S-3068) by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37), would strengthen the ...

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Immigration Reform: Protest, Rally & March – October 9, 2011

Redefining Cruel & Unusual
Indefinite Immigration Detention for-Profit Amid Toxic Waste in Essex County

Protest, Rally & March
Sunday, October 9, 2011
1:30 pm

Beginning at Peter Francisco Park
(on the east side of Newark Penn Station)
Newark, NJ

Marching to and from: Essex County Correctional Facility & Delaney Hall
356 Doremus Ave, Newark, NJ

Whether or not you can participate on October 9, events sponsors are asking people to sign a petition demanding that the Essex County Freeholders ...

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Immigration Policy Reform

UULMNJ’s Immigration Reform Task Force reports that many congregations are offering a variety of programs around this issue. A few examples:

Ridgewood: The Immigration Task Team is working on a program on the DREAM Act, to be presented on Friday evening, September 16, at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood.

Cherry Hill: Members of Cherry Hill’s immigration committee is working with an Interfaith group in the area to support the DREAM Act, including participation in a nationwide DREAM Act Sabbath being planned for ...

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Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness – September 20

Please attend a screening of Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness, which follows actions of the community to build understanding and safety after violence against immigrants in Long Island, New York.  The event will occur at the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University-Newark at 6:00pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry (UULM) has joined as a co-sponsor of the event. The PBS special debuts on Wednesday, September 21. Check local listings for specifics.

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