1986 Resolution of Immediate Witness
WHEREAS, the Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and
WHEREAS, this is a time of increasing deplorable acts of terrorism, world-wide and domestic; and
WHEREAS, one manifestation of fear about Middle-East related terrorism outside the United States has been growing acceptance of stereotyping, harassment and attacks against Arab-Americans; and
WHEREAS, the murder in California of Alex Odeh, US citizen of Palestinian origin, and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee regional coordinator, in October 1985, represents but one visible example of senseless violence in a series of bombings in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and California;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the UUA Board of Trustees publicly condemns all terrorism, international and domestic, and calls upon UUs to assist in ending the wave of anti-Arab racism that is spreading across the continent; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the UUA and US UUs support the US Civil Rights Commission investigation of the recent pattern of intimidation and violence against Arab-Americans as infringements of their civil and human rights; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the UUA and US UUs call upon the President of the United States to :
- Speak out clearly against the simplistic equation of terrorism with "Arab" in the United States; and
- Drop the newly announced federal policy of surveillance of groups and group members solely on the basis that they are believed to have contact with the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
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