What do you need to know for Justice GA? You can find the links here...

Justice General Assembly will take place in Phoenix, AZ, June 20-24, 2012.

The General Assembly website will have information as events and plans are finalized. Find it at www.uua.org/ga

The Basics:

  • Registration - www.uua.org/ga/registration/index.shtml .Youth get a reduced registration rate. There's no registration fee for children under 14, and child care and children's programs will be available at subsidized cost. All ages, including babies, come to GA! Register early - rates go up on May 1.
  • Housing http://www.uua.org/ga/housing/index.shtml . The UUA has reserved rooms at a discount at the Hyatt Regency and Renaissance hotels, right next to the Convention Center, and local university dorm rooms not far away.
  • Programming - www.uua.org/ga/programming/index.shtml . This site will include the schedule of events and programming details once they are finalized.
  • Travel Information - www.uua.org/ga/travel/index.shtml . GA District Coordinator Carolyn Saunders tells what Arizona UUs are doing in preparation for Justice GA
  • Need Financial Assistance? There are opportunities available -
  • From the UUA - www.uua.org/ga/registration/financialaid/index.shtml
    • Matching Grant Scholarships, providing free registration and a match of up to $250 of congregational funding.
    • Youth and Young Adult Scholarships, providing free registration and up to $500 for expenses.
    • Davidoff Scholarships, providing free registration to lay leaders whose congregations haven't been represented at GA for the last three years.
    • GA volunteer positions, with free registration in exchange for service.
  • From the OMD - Check out our Phoenix Witness Fund. Applications for scholarships are currently being accepted through March 31.

Action items of particular note:

  • OMD will host a webinar on Preparing for GA for those attending on May 24th at 7 pm.
  • Interested in an act of civil disobedience? At the HUUmanists booth at General Assembly in Phoenix, there will be a display of very special, very powerful books. Nearly 100 unique books. These books were removed from Tucson classrooms after the Arizona Legislature outlawed the teaching of “Ethnic Studies” or any course that promotes “resentment of another class of people” or “ethnic solidarity.” Learn more about this action.
  • Doctrine of Discovery will be the main item on the business agenda. Learn about this through the Doctrine of Discovery study guide.

Need to Learn More?

There is lots of information and resource to help prepare yourself and members of your congregation out there -

  • The UUA has created a brochure, order of service inserts, posters and more that have been posted on the UUA GA website resources page. Visit there to download the information and use it in your congregation to educate everyone about what is happening this year.
  • A new RE curriculum resource is available. With Justice and Compassion: Immigration Sessions for Children's Religious Education, by Mandy Neff, includes four sessions each for children in grades 1-3 and children in grades 4-6, as well as plans for a Family Night. Grounded in our UU second principle and the Buddhist lovingkindness meditation, the curriculum invites children to explore their own family stories while learning about immigration in the United States. It lifts up justice and compassion as guiding values as we consider immigration justice issues.The curriculum can be viewed and downloaded at www.uua.org/immigration/re/192346.shtml
  • The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) offers a toolkit for action to resist the involvement of state and local law enforcement in immigrant detention and deportation via the federal "Secure Communities" and "ICE ACCESS" programs. Download it at www.interfaithimmigration.org/index.php/2011/11/21/iic-scomm-toolkit
  • Find a wealth of resources on immigration, including films, songs and projects at www.uua.org/immigration/re/index.shtml
  • You can read what other UUs are thinking and doing about immigrant rights at "Cooking Together: Recipes for Immigration Justice Work" at http://immigrationjustice.blogs.uua.org/.
  • Read transcripts or watch videos of GA 2011 programs on immigration issues, like "Love Has No Borders," at www.uua.org/immigration/re/ga/index.shtml
  • The 6-week adult curriculum based on the Congregational Study Action Issue "Immigration as a Moral Issue" is available at www.uua.org/immigration/re/moral/guide/index.shtml
  • Justice GA 2012 Videos.  The Ballou Channing District is producing a series of very short videos presenting information about immigration, General Assembly programming, GA registration. Five are currently running and additional videos from other UU organizations will be added when they are available. Take a look at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL164ECDDF4141DFE1

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