Revised resolution on Phoenix General Assembly 2012

Here is the amended business resolution about the 2012 General Assembly in Arizona, which delegates will debate and vote on later this afternoon:

Whereas the state of Arizona has recently enacted a law—SB 1070—that runs counter to our First Principle, affirming the worth and dignity of every person; and

Whereas we have been invited to enter into an historic partnership with Puente and National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) to work for human rights and against racial profiling; and

Whereas the UUA Bylaws specify that the power to call and locate a General Assembly belongs solely to the UUA Board of Trustees;

Be it resolved, the Assembly hereby:

1. Calls on the UUA Board to gather Unitarian Universalists for the purposes of witnessing on immigration, racial and economic justice—a “Justice” General Assembly in which business is limited to the minimum required by our bylaws—in June 2012, to be held in Phoenix, AZ.

2. Calls on the UUA Administration to work with leaders in Arizona UU congregations to establish an Arizona immigration ministry to partner with other groups in Arizona working for immigration reform to strengthen those partnerships in preparation for our arrival in 2012.

3. Recognizing people with historically marginalized identities will be exposed to increased risk and inaccessibility, instructs the UUA Board to work in accountable relationship with Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), Latina/o Unitarian Universalist Networking Association (LUUNA), EQUUAL ACCESS, Transgender Religious Professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUST) and other stakeholders to identify measures that can be taken to increase safety and accessibility at the 2012 “Justice” GA.

4. Calls on the UUA Board to direct the economic impact of our presence in Phoenix toward our partners and allies as much as is feasible.

5. Calls on the UUA Board to provide the resources needed to build the capacity of Unitarian Universalists to stand in opposition to systemic racism in our congregations, local communities, and in our own lives.

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  • Bob Alberti

    Could somebody translate that into English, such as “We're going to hold a very limited GA next year in Arizona, and a full-fledged GA someplace else”? Or something?

    What I'd like to see is a limited “protest” GA in Arizona, and a full-fledged GA right on the Arizona border, maybe in Las Vegas, to say 'NYAAH'

  • amberdru

    affirming the worth and dignity of every person……Obeying a country's immigration laws is against UU teachings?

    Is national sovereignty racism?

    “It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.”
    – Barbara Jordan

  • Bob Alberti

    “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws,” Martin Luther King, 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

    Whether or not national sovreignity is racism, the Arizona law is racism wrapped up in national sovreignity.

  • amberdru

    Barbra Jordan is a racist ?

    The AZ law is more restrictive than the federal law and no one ever had a problem with that.

    These no white people don't think enforcing the law is racist.

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