Social Justice

House Party to Benefit Causa May 11

You are invited to a House Party on May 11 from 4 – 6 pm. Donations will benefit Causa, Oregon’s Immigration Rights Organization. Come meet Causa’s talented and committed staff and learn about current issues facing Oregon’s immigrant children and families while enjoying Oscar’s home brew, tasty appetizers, music and more. RSVP for yourself and … Continued

SJAT Now Has a Facebook Page

The Social Justice In Action Facebook page is up and running. Help grow awareness of the page by clicking the Like and Share options. If you have things you think should be included, contact Yvonne Rogers or Lori Mcphearson. To find the page, log in to your Facebook account and find us at Unitarian Universalist … Continued

Action of the Week! Sanctuary for the Stranger

From the Executive Director of the Oregon UU Voices for Social Justice, Rev. Katie Larsell: In the 1980’s refugees from El Salvador were not allowed to seek legal asylum in the United States. Faith groups all over the country started giving them sanctuary in their church buildings.  Immigrant communities are under pressure again. US Immigration … Continued

Sister Helen Prejean Visits Lake Oswego May 24

Sister Helen Prejean will visit Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego on Thursday, May 24. Her talk will begin at 5:30 pm. Sr. Helen has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She travels around … Continued

Join the May Day Rally on May 1

The May Day March and Rally will take place from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Oregon State Capitol.  This year, the march will focus on defending Oregon’s Sanctuary law (NO on IP 22), standing with Unions, and driver’s licenses for all. The event is being organized by Oregon’s Immigrant Rights organization (Causa). Come … Continued

UUCS Board Apology to Social Justice in Action Team

The UUCS Board wrote a letter to apologize to the Social Justice in Action team for any unintended hurt or dismay they may have caused during the SJAT attendance at the March board meeting. The board appreciates the excellent work and dedication of the Sanctuary Team and the entire Social Justice in Action Team. Read … Continued

Sign Up for Bus to the Vigil at NORCOR on April 28

The Social Justice in Action Team of UUCS is planning a trip to the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles, Oregon on April 28, and invite you to join them. They are working closely with the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMirJ). Once there, they will join others to hold a vigil … Continued

Annual Easter “Egg” (Canned Food) Hunt April 1

RE children and youth are collecting canned food during March for the annual Easter “egg” hunt. Canned food is hidden and collected on Easter. The food is donated to Marion Polk Food Share. Children exchange their food items for filled Easter eggs to take home after they have participated in this social justice activity to … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for April 2018 is Kairos Community Lunch

The Kairos Community Lunch takes place at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem every Sunday.  This event is hosted by Salem area churches and volunteers who participate in the program.  Homeless people (usually 50 – 70 guests) are served at the event.  UUCS volunteers (between 8 and 12 people) provide ingredients (chowder and chili) and prepare the … Continued

Sanctuary to Provide Temporary Shelter to Families in Emergency

On March 8, 2018, the Board met with representatives from the Sanctuary Team to discuss processes for granting sanctuary to immigrant neighbors in danger of deportation. Reverend Rick and our immigrant rights partners (CAUSA, IMIrJ, WVRRC) met with the immigrant workers (and their families) who are employed at the Kendall Florist Nursery in Canby, Oregon. … Continued