Friday, March 31OUUC’S Community Kitchen Crew Stirs It Up!

Two weeks ago on March 17th, the Kitchen Crew served an Irish-inspired dinner to more than 140 guests.  The Crew cooked, greeted diners, served the meal, and then cleaned up.

They’re back in the kitchen again on the 5th Friday – March 31 – when they will prepare baked ham, baked potatoes with toppings, green beans, and salad for diners.  Some OUUC Kitchen Crew members will show up at 2:30 to get potatoes in the oven and are joined by others about 3:30 pm.  On this last Friday of a very long wet month, the chances are they will be serving more than 140 guests.

Interested in being part of OUUC’s Kitchen Crew?  They have a great time together and with the Community Kitchen diners.  Contact Karmel Shields.

 

Sunday, April 2, 12:30 pm, OUUC.  Green Sanctuary.  At its monthly meeting, OUUC’s Green Sanctuary plans to have an update on current environmental legislation and plan for Earth Day and the committee’s auction basket contribution.  Join them following the 11 am service.

Sunday, April 2, 2-4 pm, Orca Books.   Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  A discussion of the first two chapters, sponsored by The Black Alliance of Thurston County and Orca Books, 509 4th Ave. E., Olympia.  If you missed the discussions of Alexander’s book at OUUC a few years ago, here is your chance!  Mark your calendar for April 2 and subsequent discussions:   May 7 (chapters 3 & 4) and June 4 (chapter 5 & 6), 2-4 pm, all at Orca Books.

 

Monday, April 3, 2017, 7 pm, OUUCBanning Refugees: 1939 and Today.  A presentation by Interfaith Works

Executive Director, Danny Kadden

The Trump administration’s attempt to ban religious or national groups from entry into the US has triggered widespread debate, resistance, and robust legal challenges.

Danny Kadden shares his family’s story as passengers aboard the ill-fated ship MS St. Louis, which sailed from Nazi Germany to Havana, Cuba in the spring of 1939 carrying over 900 Jewish refugees. For five weeks, they were spurned by every nation of the Western Hemisphere until forced to return to Europe, just four months before the outbreak of WWII.

Then, as now, the conscience and character of America was tested. This will be a timely opportunity to learn how the present resembles the past, and to discuss our concerns about immigration, xenophobia and democratic values.

 

RESOURCES FOR SANCTUARY AND SOLIDARITY

CONCERNED CLERGY OF OLYMPIA STATEMENT ON RELIGIOUS SANCTUARY

HONORING RELIGIOUS SANCTUARY

At this time in our nation’s history, each of us is called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society. In the face of looming threats to refugees, immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we as religious leaders affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and declare opposition to any and all unjust government actions to round up and deport individuals in this country.

As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action by recognizing the right of religious communities to offer sanctuary and to stand with the most vulnerable among us. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, sanctuary is one way for faith communities to resist the divisive and racially charged immigration policies the current administration seeks to enact.

 

A Short History of Sanctuary

A Sanctuary congregation is one willing to physically shelter an immigrant in danger of immediate deportation and embodies that faith community’s commitment to justice by providing safe space to those who are victims of unjust laws.  Sanctuary is grounded in core religious truths that celebrate diversity, advocate racial justice, honor the dignity of each person, and help create the world we envision.

The idea of Sanctuary is first found in Scripture, in which cities were designated as safe havens to protect people from unjust punishment. Sanctuary was recognized in ancient Roman law.  In medieval England sanctuary was recognized as a legal procedure within both the law of the church and secular law, providing the accused criminals due process for determining guilt or enabling them to leave the country in safety.  In the United States sanctuary was exercised in the “Underground Railroad” which provided refuge and protection for fugitive slaves. In the 1980s, churches helped refugees from the U.S.-sponsored Central American wars enter the country.  The refugees were provided sanctuary by way of shelter, medical care, employment and legal representation.

Several decades later, beginning in 2007, the New Sanctuary Movement took shape among coalitions of congregations in major cities throughout the country. As immigration raids in neighborhoods and work places escalated in a climate of political paralysis for immigration reform, these congregations opened their doors to provide refuge to those facing deportation.  Under a policy set by the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are supposed to avoid churches and other “sensitive locations.”

THEREFORE, as faith community leaders, we call upon our public officials and all citizens to acknowledge and respect the long tradition of sanctuary, and we stand in solidarity with faith communities both locally and nationally that have taken the steps necessary to provide sanctuary and support for those seeking protection.

 

FAITH-BASED SANCTUARY RESOURCES

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST COLLEGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE:  a toolkit for effective action in this time of heightened hate, fear, and deportations.  You will find the Sanctuary webinars at this site.  http://uucsj.org/tools-for-sanctuary-solidarity/

Sanctuary Not Deportation: A Faithful Witness to Building Welcoming Communities.  United Church of Christ toolkit for congregations and individuals  toolkit-sanctuary_movement_updated.docx

ORGANIZATIONS DOING POWERFUL SOLIDARITY-BUILDING WORK

This link has some great fact sheets on immigration myths and facts: http://imirj.org/resources-for-advocacy-and-education

http://sanctuaryphiladelphia.org

http://www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org/resources.html

http://unitedwedream.org

http://mijente.net

 

ACLU:  PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF ALL RESIDENTS

 

ACLU’S NINE “MODEL” STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICIES AND RULES: 

HOW DOES THURSTON COUNTY RATE?

Defend our friends, families and neighbors from Trump’s mass deportation agenda:

  1. The Judicial Warrant Rule: Thurston County officials shall require a judicial warrant prior to detaining an individual or in any manner prolonging the detention of an individual at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

  1. No Facilitation Rule: Thurston County officials shall not arrest, detain, or transport an individual solely on the basis of an immigration detainer or other administrative document issued by Immigration And Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection without a judicial warrant.

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

  1. Defined Access/Interview Rule: Unless acting pursuant to a court order or a legitimate law enforcement purpose that is unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law, no Thurston County official shall permit ICE or Customs And Border Protection agents access to Thurston County) facilities or any person in Thurston County) custody for investigative interviews or other investigative purposes.

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

  1. Clear Identification Rule: To the extent Immigration And Customs Enforcement or Customs And Border Protection has been granted access To Thurston County facilities, individuals with whom ICE or Customs And Border Protection engages will be notified that they are speaking with ICE or Customs And Border Protection, and ICE or Customs and Border Protection agents shall be required to wear duty jackets and make their badges visible at all times while in Thurston County facilities.

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

Protect our friends, families and neighbors privacy from the Trump administration:

  1. Don’t Ask Rule: Thurston County officials shall not inquire into the immigration or citizenship status of an individual, except where the inquiry relates to a legitimate law enforcement purpose that is unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law, or where required by state or federal law to verify eligibility for a benefit, service, or license conditioned on verification of status.

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

  1. Privacy Protection Rule: No Thurston County official shall voluntarily release personally identifiable data or information to ICE or Customs and Border Protection regarding an inmate’s custody status, release date or home address, or information that may be used to ascertain an individual’s religion, ethnicity or race, unless for a law enforcement purpose unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law.

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

  1. Discriminatory Surveillance Prohibition Rule: No Thurston County agency or official shall authorize or engage in the human or technological surveillance of a person or group based solely or primarily upon a person or group’s actual or perceived religion, ethnicity, race, or immigration status.

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

Help our friends, families, and neighbors get redress when abuses and mistakes occur:

  1. Redress Rule: Any person who alleges a violation of this policy may file a written complaint for investigation with an oversight entity.

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

Help ensure our friends, families, and neighbors are protected from discrimination:

  1. Fair and Impartial Policing Rule: No Thurston County official shall interrogate arrest, detain or take other law enforcement action against an individual based upon that individual’s perceived race, national origin, religion, language, or immigration status, unless such personal characteristics have been included in timely, relevant credible information from a reliable source, linking a specific individual to a particular criminal event/activity.

Currently in place in Thurston County?  Yes

Final Note: The Trump Administration has asserted, falsely, that if localities do not help advance Trump’s mass deportation agenda, they are violating federal law. The following rule, which is the only applicable federal law in this area, would help ensure your city, county or town establishes its clear intent not to violate federal law. While not a necessary addition, this rule may be a useful complement to the above policies.

1373 Rule: Under 8 U.S.C. S 1373 and 8 U.S.C. S 1644, federal law prohibits Thurston County officials from imposing limits on maintaining, exchanging, sending, or receiving information regarding citizenship and immigration status with any Federal, State, or local government entity Nothing in Thurston County policies is intended to violate 8 U.S.C S 1373 and 8 U.S.C. 1644

 

The Reverend Carol McKinley, faithinactionministry@ouuc.org