2010 Bennett Award Recipient UU Church of Tucson
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson (UUCT) is the 2010 recipient of the Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson’s No More Deaths social justice ministry is nationally recognized for their advocacy to end the human crisis at the border—from leaving water in the desert for border crossers, to documenting border patrol abuses, to crafting legislation on humane border enforcement, and advocating for immigration reform.
Leila Pine, UUCT Immigrant Rights Group Chairperson, writes: "Our social justice ministry, No More Deaths, gives us an inside view of the human rights crisis at the border, where more than 5,600 immigrant men, women and children have died in our Sonoran Desert while trying to cross the border looking for work to support their families. No More Deaths has special expertise on the problems caused by increased militarization and border enforcement, having spent the past three years documenting human rights abuses by Border Patrol against immigrants detained and held in short-term immigration detention facilities."
UUCT presented on their work at the 2010 General Assembly in the workshop 'Crossing Borders: Congregational Ministry in Immigrant Communities', where they were presented with this award.