You may know that under the current administration’s zero tolerance policy everyone crossing the border is being arrested whether they are requesting asylum or not. Requesting asylum is legal.
Can you imagine traveling thousands of miles, fleeing horrible conditions to the United States, thinking this will be a safe haven and instead being chained and shackled and sent to a federal prison? These men have spent months in lock down conditions, never even going outside, not understanding why they are there since they committed no crime. Thanks to a number of pro bono attorneys, including Innovation Law Lab, a judge found they all have valid asylum claims but is requiring they post bond.
There are 10 men left in Sheridan who have not been able to raise the bond money. The Action of the Week is to donate to the bond fund for these men. Help get them out so they can continue to pursue their claims for asylum.
Where will you be on Sept. 15?
The board of OR UU Voices for Justice hopes you answer,“At the annual OR UU Voices for Justice Conference.”Or UU Voices for Justice strives to unite all the UU congregations in Oregon to give voice to our shared desire for economic, social, environmental and political justice. And therefore, we gather once a year to bring our voices together at our annual Justice Meeting. This year’s theme is
Our Children, Our Future
and will feature a youth panel discussion.
Additionally, there will be time for raising up our voices in song, lunch and breakout sessions. Take a look at our conference agenda here.
The panel discussion will have three young people who will discuss why they are activists and what sustains them.
Climate Change – Our Children's Trust (Environmental Justice)
Immigration (Economic Inequality, Human Rights)
Gun Safety/School Safety – March for our Lives
Youth have stepped forward in record numbers with amazing influence this year. What can UUs learn from these “in the news” social justice campaigns?
With synergy, we can each take action, multiplying impact and influence!Our suggested Action of the Week: Register for our conference.We need to know how many people will be joining us, and since lunch is provided, what you would like to eat. Click here to go to the registration page.
And here are all the date/time details;, oh, also conference location.
Event Timing: September 15, 2018, 9:30 AM - 4 PM
Door open at 9:30 AM for registration; Program starts at 10 AM
Event Address: UU Congregation at Willamette Falls
710 6th St, Oregon City, Oregon 97317
Attendance fee: $30 adults; $20 teens; scholarships available.
Payment options here.
Homestays are available. Please indicate desire for such when registering. We will be in contact. But please register here.
Need a flyer? Print a flyer here.
Please share this notice with all Unitarian Universalists.
One of the largest contributors to the climate crisis is the burning of coal for energy. We know that if we are to make the necessary changes to avert or diminish the climate crisis, we need to stop the use of coal and other fossil fuels.
PacifiCorp is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, getting 77% of its energy resources from either coal or natural gas.
In Oregon, PacifiCorp is the second largest for-profit energy utility. Because the cost of other energy sources are now either less expensive or close to being so, Oregon Public Utility Commissioner (PUC) asked PacifiCorp to conduct an economic study, which it did.
BUT IT IS NOT RELEASING THE RESULTS.
Sierra Club conducted their own study of PacifiCorp coal-burning facilities and found them to “pose a significant financial risk to its customers.” And we know that the longer we take to get off coal, the worse the climate crisis becomes, creating an even greater risk than the financial one.
Sierra Club has started a campaign to force the PacifiCorp’s report release by showing the PUC that Oregonians and customers of PacifiCorp want their report to be released. We want PacifiCorp to transition immediately off of coal and fossil fuels.
Their campaign is asking that Oregonians write post cards to the PUC to be sure that PUC continues to apply their leadership and hold Pacific Power accountable to providing transparency and the lowest cost and least climate disrupting energy to its customers.
Post cards, or comment letters, should be mailed to each of the PUC commissioners – Chair Decker, Commissioner Bloom, Commissioner Tawney, and PUC Staff. That is a total of four for each of you.
Mail your cards or comments to
Public Utility Commission of Oregon
PO Box 1088
Salem, OR 97308-1088
More information and talking points available here.
Printable PDFs of
Action of the Week here.