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Linda Laskowski, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board Representative for Pacific Central District reports: "On Saturday, October 6, three northern California Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations—UU Church of Berkeley, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists—joined a monthly interfaith immigration vigil at the Contra Costa County Detention Center, one of the largest centers for holding undocumented immigrants in Northern California.

One of the speakers came on behalf of domestic workers, and took special note of the bright gold shirts worn by 15-20 of us in the crowd. She had been part of the Undocubus for Justice Tour organized by National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) from Arizona to North Carolina that was protesting the treatment of undocumented migrants. She said, at every stop, the riders were welcomed by many people wearing these shirts, who opened their hearts and homes to the people on the bus. She thanked us for "estar siempre ahí para nosotros" (always being there for us). (Read Linda's blog post on this witness and why it is so important to have a Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) shirt.)

UU Church of Berkeley and Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church have formed a partnership and are meeting after the vigil each month to share information and plan activities. Our joint participation with local partners was instrumental in changing the direction of Contra Costa County from using additional state funds to build more prisons to more emphasis on reducing the need for them, and we are currently working with these partners to help "Dreamers" apply for deferred action (DACA) status. We have been reaching out as a coordinated UU effort to various local partners, and are being invited in to many planning sessions."

Learn more about visitation programs. Review our list of partners for coordinating interfaith vigils.

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