Plainfield – Social Action Weekend – March 1-3

On behalf of the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP) I would like to invite you and members of your congregation to attend our 3rd Annual Social Action Weekend, March 1- 3, 2013.  The theme of the weekend “Partners for Immigration Justice” seeks to explore forming community partnerships to promote immigration reform by identifying issues, planning activities and taking action.

The weekend will kick off on Friday March 1st with an International Pot Luck Dinner from 6:00 to 9:30. This will be an opportunity to informally meet representatives from other congregations, community organizations, and immigration coalitions. We are planning a fun-filled family friendly event with music, entertainment, juggling, face-painting, and more. We are encouraging those that attend on Friday night to bring an international or traditional family dish to share.

On Saturday March 2nd from 10:00 to 2:00 we invite you and members of your congregation to attend the “Building Partners for Immigration Reform” forum. The event will be facilitated by the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey (UULMNJ). We plan to have representatives from various congregations, community organizations and immigrant coalitions share information and identify the issues and needs of the local immigrant community. We also plan to explore how we can cooperatively work together in the future to best (to) address the needs of the immigrant community locally as well as nationally.

On Sunday March 3rd at 12:00 noon at our Sunday Explorers Series, guest speaker Ingrid Diaz, MA, MSW, LCSW, PhD (candidate) will describe the Latino culture, migration experience and the impact it has on the individual and family system. Ms. Diaz has a vast clinical experience in working with the severe and persistent mentally ill population, particularly with Latinos in community mental health centers.  There will be a light lunch served at 11:45 prior to the lecture.

We here at FUSP recognize the enormous issues surrounding immigration and that the struggle to ensure honest and effective immigration reform will require partnering with likeminded individuals, groups and organizations.  We look forward to seeing you in March at one or more of our events. For your information we have attached a flyer.  Thank you in advance for your participation.  Please RSVP and let us know which events you plan to attend (908-756-0750).

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