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Exec Initial Response to Arizona SB1070
May 12, 2010

The UUMA Executive Committee has been closely monitoring developments in Arizona. We have received resolutions opposing Arizona SB1070 from three of our chapters and from the Board of the Liberal Religious Education Directors Association. The UUA Board of Trustees recently voted to place a resolution before the General Assembly which would cancel the Phoenix General Assembly planned for 2012 and move it to another location. Our Acting Executive Director, Don Southworth, and/or I are staying in close touch with Gini Courter, Peter Morales as well as our colleagues in Arizona. Yesterday the Arizona and Las Vegas religious professionals cluster voted unanimously to oppose the boycott being called for by the UUA Board. (They would prefer that we come to Arizona to stand in solidarity with the wide array of civil rights, justice and religious organizations opposing this law.)

At this point we want you to know the following:
  • The Exec will be meeting by telephone during the first week in June
  • Our deliberations will be informed by all those who are directly involved with this issue
  • We encourage our members to travel to Arizona, if possible, to take part in the National Day of Action rally planned for Saturday May 29th or get involved in your local communities (Information below)
  • We are considering how best to further this conversation during Ministry Days in Minneapolis and will let you know our plans in early June
  • We urge all of our members to be fully informed of the issues involved and to engage their congregations, agencies and colleagues in reflection and dialogue on the most effective and faithful response to this bill
I look forward to seeing many of you in Minneapolis next month.

Yours in faith,

Rob Eller-Isaacs, UUMA President

Our colleagues in Arizona invite us to join them on Saturday, May 29 for a protest march sponsored by two groups, Alto Arizona and Puente. The march begins at 8:00 a.m. at Steele Indian School Park and ends at the state capitol. The organizations are calling on people from around the country to join in Arizona to march. To learn more about the march, or to sign petitions and learn more generally about the efforts to stop this law, some good websites are:,, and If you can't come to the march, these sites provide lots of information on other things you can do.

For more information on immigration reform and UU responses to SB 1070 you can also go to these UUA, UUSC and Standing on the Side of Love websites.

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