At the WHUUF Social Justice planning meeting last summer, Immigrant Justice was chosen as one of our three core social justice initiatives.  The goal of the initiative is to lead a fellowship-wide initiative that will:

– increase fellowship members’ knowledge, awareness and motivation for action on immigrant justice

– develop WHUUF relations with allies and partners for immigrant justice

– provide opportunities for collective and individual advocacy and witness for immigrant justice.

The major organization that we have chosen to partner with is the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ).  IMIrJ is a coalition of over 20 diverse faith communities encompassing UU, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations.  Through advocacy and outreach, they strive to educate the community about the injustices of current immigration policies and provide real opportunities to take action for change. Their most recent campaign is to educate and organize local faith communities around the potential need for houses of worship to provide Physical Sanctuary to our neighbors who are in danger of deportation.

Your Social Justice Committee is proposing that WHUUF participate in the work for immigrant justice by becoming an IMIrJ member.

On Sunday, February 5th, we will hold a Cottage Meeting from 12:00-1:00 in Forest Hall, in order to give the fellowship an opportunity to discuss, comment and ask questions concerning the proposal.

On Sunday, February 19th, Rae Anne Lafrenz, the IMIrJ Coordinator, will speak during the service.  Then, at the Congregational Meeting following the service, a vote will be taken to become an IMIrJ member.

We hope that this process will bring us closer as a community to the important work of promoting immigrant justice.    Questions or comments, contact Jack or Linda Smith.