Breaking Bread and Building Bridges
We call for immigration reform because each day in our congregations, service programs, health-care facilities, and schools we witness the human consequences of a broken and outdated system. We see the exploitation of undocumented workers and the plight of separated families, as well as the escalation of community fear due to indiscriminate raids and local police acting as federal immigration agents. Humane immigration reform would help put an end to this suffering, which offends the dignity of all human beings.
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, of which the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a member, has launched the Breaking Bread and Building Bridges—Faith4Citizenship campaign.
Breaking Bread and Building Bridges is part of a larger strategy to lift the voices of faith communities at the local level and turn the tide for immigrants’ rights. Local events such as potlucks, vigils, and detention visitation connect advocates with those most directly affected by unjust immigration policies. The relationships that are nourished serve to build understanding and strengthen dedication for continued work toward just and humane immigration reform.
Goal: To create and strengthen relationships of solidarity among people of faith, people and communities most directly affected, and immigrants’ rights groups in order to effectively organize and advocate for just and humane immigration policies.
Organize local delegations to meet with your senators and representative and/or their staff, at their local offices. By linking local congressional visits with DC-based visits, we can send a strong message that people of faith care about immigrants’ rights.
- Host a Breaking Bread and Building Bridges Event. Breaking bread is a common ritual across cultures and traditions used to build and strengthen relationships. At the heart of organizing for social change is the importance of building relationships and inviting more people to be part of shared goals. Eat, meet and organize for immigrants’ rights!
For additional resources, see our Toolkits:
- Neighbor to Neighbor Visits (PDF)—Organizing a local congressional visit in support of Compassionate Immigration Reform (PDF, 4 pages)
- How to host a Breaking Bread—Potluck/ Town-hall (PDF, 5 pages)
- Communications (PDF, 7 pages): messaging, talking points, media advisory and social media