A major reason for holding a Justice GA in Arizona has always been so that participants could learn how to take lessons home to confront anti-immigrant measures wherever they live. At an education session Thursday titled “Confronting Arizonification in Our Own Backyard” Sarahi Uribe, Angie Junck, and the Rev. Craig Roshaven shared strategies for doing [...]
Thursday afternoon around a hundred delegates attended a mini-assembly to finalize the language for a responsive resolution on the Doctrine of Discovery. Delegates will vote on it Sunday. The doctrine, which dates to the fifteenth century, is a legal philosophy that European Christian rulers created to permit subjugation of people who were not Christian. The [...]
At a business mini-assembly Thursday afternoon, General Assembly delegates examined a proposed bylaw change to Article XV of the UUA bylaws, which dictates the procedure for amending other bylaws. UUA Financial Advisor Dan Brody said the goal of the amendment was to provide a “clearer, more understandable process for amending the articles” and “one that would [...]
Almost five years ago, Julie Erfle’s husband, a Phoenix police officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty by an undocumented immigrant who had previously been deported. The death of Nick Erfle was a catalyst for anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona. But Julie Erfle, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Phoenix, became [...]
Law professor Michelle Alexander urged a packed ballroom of listeners to awaken to the reality that the mass incarceration of African Americans that has followed the “War on Drugs” has created a new caste system in the United States. The system is so pervasive it has created a new era of the Jim Crow laws [...]
UUA Moderator Gini Courter from UU World on Vimeo. UU World is filming short interviews with people at General Assembly this year. I asked UUA Moderator Gini Courter about people’s first experiences of GA a few hours before the Opening Ceremony of the Justice General Assembly in Phoenix.