Statewide Issues Conference – UU Legislative Ministry
Date(s) - 10/14/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Register For A Day of Justice Making – October 14
The Legislative Ministry’s Fall Issues Conference takes place on Saturday October 14 from 12 noon to 6 pm. Hosted this year by our member congregation, the UU Congregation of Monmouth County in Lincroft, the conference features a keynote speaker, issues-related break out groups and a working lunch. The Lincroft congregation is active in anti-racism and immigration justice work and we are very pleased to partner together in support of a more just and hopeful New Jersey.
For those new to the Legislative Ministry, the Fall Issues Conference is the premier opportunity for Unitarian Universalists from across the Garden State to learn, discuss, and act on the most pressing social justice concerns facing our state. It is the time each year when our Task Forces decide on their advocacy, education and legislative priorities for the coming year. We work on a collaborative model, so make sure to come help shape the Legislative Ministry agenda and the outcome of long-term policy and culture change in our home state.
Speakers and Advocacy Groups
Our keynote speaker is Johanna Calle, Program Director of our partner organization the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice, one of the most effective and vocal immigrant rights groups active in the state today.
Ms. Calle will be joined by Rita Dentino, Executive Director of the Monmouth County immigrant rights organization, Casa Freehold and a partner with the UU Congregation of Monmouth County. Johanna and Rita will bring us up to date on the increasingly punitive Immigration and Customs Enforcement detentions and deportations. They will address what we can do to mitigate this and speak out for justice. Johanna and Rita hope to be joined by an undocumented resident or relative of an undocumented resident willing to speak about current conditions.
Ted Fetter, long time Immigration Reform Task Force chair, will update us on our State Sanctuary Challenge initiative. UU Princeton has been working to have all 21 Legislative Ministry member congregations advocate for sensible and human immigration reform and oppose the mass criminalization of undocumented people.
For break-out groups, we also will host Lena Smith from Food and Water Watch, Dr. Dione Johnson, CEO of Juvenile and Adult Re-Entry Connections, and Andrea Long, a reproductive rights activist and clinic escort.
As if that were not enough, there will be six break out groups during the working lunch to cover the issues we advocate for in Trenton and our member congregations: Environmental, Criminal, Reproductive, Economic and Immigrant Justice and Gun Violence Prevention.
Come also for the official launch of the Ministry’s new name, mission and vision statements, and special presentation of the logo and website design. Thanks to a generous donation, we are retooling to better serve justice-making, congregational liveliness, and “soul growth” in 2018 and beyond.
Finally, we sure to add your name and concerns/hopes/dreams to an interactive art installation, Wall of Anger/Wall of Hope over the course of the conference.
Questions/concerns? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make every effort to accommodate accessibility/special needs but it is very helpful to know in advance, so please do reach out.
Come to a day devoted to justice-making and spirit-reviving. See you there!
Gena Whitney, UU Princeton