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Postcard Signing -- DREAM Act


When President Trump rescinded the DACA Executive Order -- 800,000 young people were put at risk for deportation. Their parents brought them to the US as children, and they have grown up here. To protect these DREAMERs -- federal legislation needs to be passed, signed and implemented in 2017. 

Bills have been introduced by both political parties in both the US Senate and House of Representatives; but no bills have been scheduled for hearings – let alone votes. 

After service on Sunday we will have a table with stamped postcards and address labels for both FL Senators and the local House Representatives. Ask them to demand that hearings and votes for Dream Act legislation be scheduled for this calendar year. 

It will take you just a few minutes to write the cards -- but it is so important to add your voice to the national appeal for a permanent solution that provides a pathway to legal status for these young people.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 21, 2017, at 1:24pm

We Need YOU to Take Action NOW!



Reflecting the nationwide support for the Dreamers, multiple bills have been introduced by congressional representatives from both political parties in both the Senate (S) and House of Representatives (HR). 

But no bills have been scheduled for hearings – let alone votes.

IN SOLIDARITY WITH DREAMERS -- we need your help now to make sure that federal legislation is passed in 2017 to protect them. In order for any bill to go into effect, it must be passed by both the Senate and the House and signed by the President. Then the Department of Homeland Security needs to develop implementation procedures. That is why it is imperative that hearings and votes get scheduled now.
 
Contact your Congressperson and both Florida Senators. Call, email or visit each of them. It takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do. 
●    State your name and zip code. Calls and messages from outside their district are not counted.
●    Like most Americans you support Dreamers remaining in the country permanently
●    Ask them to demand that hearings and votes for Dream Act legislation be scheduled for this calendar year,         and to support:   
        ○    A “clean” bill – one that is not tied to other immigration related issues such as funding the wall with Mexico or stripping current protections for unaccompanied minors from Central America. 
        ○    A bill that provides Dreamers legal status and a pathway to citizenship.

If the phone lines are blocked or voice mailbox is full, cut and paste the bullet points from above into their email templates on their websites!

Contact Information:
US House of Representatives from this area

Kathy Castor 
Visit website and complete template  http://castor.house.gov/contact/ 
Phone: (202)225-3376  or  (813)871-2817 

Charlie Christ 
Visit website and complete template   https://crist.house.gov/contact/                                                                                          Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569

US Senators for Florida
Bill Nelson 
Visit website and complete template  www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill                                                  Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  813-225-7040

Marco Rubio 
Visit website and complete template   www.rubio.senate.gov                                                                              Phone: (866) 630-7106 or (202) 224-3041

LEGISLATION MUST BE PASSED AND SIGNED IN 2017 
We do not want hearings or passage of legislation postponed until early 2018, since some DACA recipients will begin to lose their protective status on March 5, 2018. At that time several will be subject to deportation to countries they did not grow up in.  

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 15, 2017, at 2:44pm

Share the Plate THIS Sunday

November 12 is Share the Plate Sunday — which means that one half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will be used to support one of this Church’s social justice projects. Though — it still feels like summer outside — both today’s and the December share the plates will help make  Christmas a bit merrier for the immigrant and refugee families that we support. Please be generous.  Thank you!

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 9, 2017, at 4:43pm

Hurricane Maria: Mainland Impact


Thirteen people from UU St Pete braved rush hour traffic thru Tampa to attend the Bay News 9 live broadcast of a special on Hurricane Maria's impact in Florida due to the massive migration of Puerto Ricans to central Florida. The event was in an airport hanger full of donations awaiting shipment to the island territory.

The special broadcast was shared by two Spectrum stations, our Bay New 9 and an Orlando station. To see the entire program, it will be rebroadcast on Bay News 9, Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm. There were a few scans of the audience, part of which is shown here.  

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 2, 2017, at 10:17am

Temple Beth-El: Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

White Nationalism, Anti-Semitism and Neo-Fascism: Threats to US Democracy

Social Justice Shabbat & Lecture by Journalist, Scholar & Author Chip Berlet

  • Friday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM Shabbat service; 7:45 PM lecture and Q/A
  • Allendale United Methodist Church
  • 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
  • FREE & Open to the Public
  • Dessert reception to follow lecture
  • For more info: Temple office (727) 347-6136

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 2, 2017, at 9:55am

Monthly Immigrant/Refugee Planning Meeting



Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Front Office

Location: Front Office
This Social Justice subcommittee meets monthly to identify and organize our Church's participation in projects that support the farm worker, immigrant and refugee communities. Our current direct outreach is focused on supporting two refugee families, from the Congo, adapt to their new home here in St. Pete, as well as one immigrant family from the Caribbean. We also advocate for systemic change -- in particular fair and just treatment for all immigrants including the negotiation of labor and wage practices for farmworkers in the fields of Florida, assurance of due process for the undocumented, protection of the DREAMers and the retention of in-state-tuition for immigrant students.

To counter the current negative and fearful messaging about immigrants and refugees -- it is important that we come together and take positive action. We welcome your ideas and encourage your involvement in this very loving and meaningful work.

We are always looking for volunteers. Whether you want to donate your time or money, we would love to hear from you. Contact Karen at migrants@uustpete.org

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on September 30, 2017, at 3:34pm

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service



Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Gilmour Hall

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank
Posted on December 18, 2015, at 12:55am

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