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Santa Recognized This Week

Santa Wezago continues to take English courses at Tomlinson in the evening. Her accomplishments were recognized this week at the 2017 PACTE Students Awards Ceremony when she received a PACTE Outstanding Student Award. The Pinellas Adult, Career & Technical Education Association honors students who excel in their adult career training. Daughter, Aaliyah, several classmates and Karen and Dave Coale were there to cheer her on. Congratuations Santa! 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on May 19, 2017, at 9:59am

Twizere and Family Taking Steps Towards Legal Permanent Residency

This week Marcia Piacentino and Diane Williams took Twizere, his wife Mariam, mother-in-law Elizabeth and three children to Tampa for physicals -- a next step in gathering documents to file for green cards. Our Church is helping this family through this process by taking them to the required appointments and covering the associated costs. Thank you!

Sifa, Twizere’s three year old daughter, is growing quite fast, and needs some larger clothing. Her size is 4T. If you have some gently used girl’s clothing in that size or want to purchase some -- that would be very helpful.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on May 18, 2017, at 1:27pm

Farmworker/Immigrant Families Planning Meeting

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 5:30pm - 6:50pm
Location: Front Office

This Social Justice subcommittee meets monthly to plan our advocacy, educational and outreach projects. We are currently supporting three Congolese families who arrived in St Petersburg from refugee camps in Uganda on  December 15, 2016. Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services' Resettlement Office provides case workers, and we at UU St Pete work with them to help the families acclimate to their new homes. Each family is unique and their needs differ -- but the work with them is most rewarding and informative.

We also support advocacy campaigns for fair and just treatment for farmworkers in the fields of Florida -- which is driven by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. At present there is a boycott against Wendy's -- the fast food chain and a campaign asking that Publix participate in the Fair Food Agreement. Until these are resolved please do not visit Wendy's nor buy tomatoes from Publix.  

Our other advocacy area regards attempts to pass punitvie anit-immigrant legislation in the Floirda legislature. Six punitive bills were introduced in the 2016 session, and all were defeated. In partnership with the League of Women Voters of the St Petersburg Area -- we will also conduct an educational campaign about immigration as there is so much misinformation on this issue.

We meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30pm to plan our projects. Come join us. All are welcome.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on July 24, 2016, at 1:26pm

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