Human Rights Working Group
Chairs: Angela Mc Cray and Melvin Starks
The Human Rights Working Group has two areas of concern: 1) Immigration and 2) End Racism!
Our immigration concerns are several. Our UUSF Guardian Group serves LGBT refugees, asylum seekers/asylees in their time of adjustment to a new country and culture. The Guardian Group provides a mentor and various practical support elements as they are needed and available. We seek to increase support through financial contributions and personal participation in this important work.
Under development is further immigration-focused work, particularly as it pertains to immigration and the Americas. Through education within the congregation and action steps beyond our walls, we hope to have an impact on issues such as deportation policy, procedure and prevention.
We are also interested in moving forward in the effort to End Racism! We have initiated participation in Beloved Conversations, a small group process through which people of color and white people do much needed healing, and where white participants in particular do their own work to amend attitudes and behaviors—those that we are aware of and those we will come to be aware of (macro- and micro-aggressions)--that continue the legacy of racism we seek to end.
Under exploration is the subject of sentencing and prison reform, especially the issue of mass incarceration. Exploration includes planning educational events and linking with other faith and secular groups to take action steps. One focus is to end police over-reach and horrific, unnecessary violence that has taken lives, most particularly brown and black lives.
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