Peter Morales, the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), has proposed another option for the 2012 General Assembly (GA) of the Association. As various organizations organize to boycott Arizona over the enactment of SB 1070, delegates to this year’s General Assembly will be voting on whether to move the 2012 GA away from Phoenix in order to participate in the boycott. Morales has been in communication with Puente and the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON), two organizations that organized the protests in Arizona over Memorial Day weekend, and “we have received an invitation from Puente and NDLON to partner with them and to make our General Assembly in 2012 something far more than a normal GA.” Pablo Alvarado, director of NDLON, and Salvador Reza of Puente, sent a letter to Morales which said in part:
There will still be much to witness about in 2012. While SB1070 may be overturned by then, we anticipate that there will still be a terrible situation to deal with here in Arizona. The Ethnic Studies legislation that was recently passed needs to be overturned and there is currently proposed legislation that would mandate that children born in the U.S. of undocumented parents not be accepted as citizens. Meanwhile Sheriff Joe Arpaio and others will continue to deputize volunteers eager to enforce immigration law and terrorize our community. We need the faith community here to stand in solidarity with our movement and to galvanize others to condemn this growing human rights crisis and create a climate that welcomes and supports migratory families.
We ask that your 2012 General Assembly here in Phoenix be a convergence in cooperation with us and that together we design the best ways that UUs can witness, learn from, take action, and serve the movement here….
I have to say, I think this is an invitation we should accept. Not that you should listen to my opinion, which is fairly useless. Instead, you can read Morales’s complete statement here.