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Resolution Unanimously Passed (May 6, 2007) by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach (UUCLB)

(Submitted by the UUCLB Social Action Committee's Task Force on Immigration)

WHEREAS the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association passed an Action of Immediate Witness to Support Immigrant Justice and, in part reminded us to "recognize that no one is 'the stranger'"; and

WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association signed on to the New Sanctuary Movement in January 2007, the first denomination to do so in a national interfaith movement; and

WHEREAS all Unitarian Universalist Association congregations, through the Social Action Committee Chairs, were sent an invitation to join the New Sanctuary Movement by Susan Leslie, Director, Office for Congregational Advocacy and Witness;

THEREFORE be it resolved that, on May 6, 2007, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach Congregational Meeting Adopt the New Sanctuary Pledge which appears below:

Sanctuary Movement Pledge

The New Sanctuary Movement is a coalition of interfaith religious leaders and participating congregations, called by our faith to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters residing in the United States.

We acknowledge that the large-scale immigration of workers and their families to the United States is a complex historical, global and economic phenomenon that has many causes and does not lend itself to simplistic or purely reactive public policy solutions.

We stand together in our faith that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic common rights, including but not limited to: 1) livelihood; 2) family unity; and 3) physical and emotional safety. We witness the violation of these rights under current immigration policy, particularly in the separation of children from their parents due to unjust deportations, and in the exploitation of immigrant workers. We are deeply grieved by the violence done to families through immigration raids. We cannot in good conscience ignore such suffering and injustice.

Therefore, We Covenant To:

  1. Take a public, moral stand for immigrants' rights;
  2. Reveal to our members and the larger community, through education and advocacy, the actual suffering of immigrant workers and families under current and proposed legislation;
  3. Join other faith communities in campaigns to reduce hate, workplace discrimination, and unjust deportation of immigrants.

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