UUWF Luncheon September 15
Good Borders Make Good Neighbors: Southern NM
Elisa Sanchez, Chair of the Social Justice Committee at the UU Congregation of Las Cruces (UUCLC), has led a life of advocacy in New Mexico, California and nationally.She will share her experiences in the Las Cruces area working with the immigrant population. At this time, she and her colleagues at UUCLC are supporting Peace Lutheran and Annunciation House Las Cruces working with immigrants who are waiting for asylum hearings and are currently being moved out of detention facilities to facilities provided by Peace Lutheran and Annunciation House.In New Mexico, she has interviewed refugees coming through Las Cruces and has focused much of her immigration efforts on the case of Emilio Gutierrez-Soto, a Mexican journalist and his son, Oscar, seeking asylum in the U.S.In her presentation, she will tell about many of her own experiences and the advocacy efforts of our UU colleagues in southern New Mexico.
Elisa Maria Sanchez has been a life-long activist for the rights of Mexican and Latino Americans, beginning at her mother’s side at the age of eight in the now famous Empire Zinc Strike in Hanover NM, which was dramatized in the movie Salt of the Earth. Elisa’s proudest moment was in bering a founder and former President and CEO of MANA, a national Latina organization.Among many other initiatives, she has
- -helped to develop a national leadership program for Latina activists
- -sat on the boards of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the National Committee for Pay Equity
- -was an active member of the National Council of Women’s Organization, a historic national coalition of 130 women’s organizations
- -served on the national board of Planned Parenthood
- -sat on the board of National Committee for Pay Equity
- -named as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the US and in 1990, she was appointed by then Vice President Gore to the National Women’s Business
- -was appointed by Vice President Gore to the National Women’s Business Council
Elisa’s tag on her email tells her story: "Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.” Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Helping Immigrants Seeking Asylum
UU Women's Fellowship of Santa Fe donated $750 to the recent efforts to unite immigrant parents and children. We will contribute $200 from the September luncheon proceeds to help the UU Congregation of Las Cruces support the immigrant families in our state awaiting asylum hearings. Consider making a personal donation to this work through our speaker on the day of the program. Your UUWF Steering Committee
- 12:00 sign-in, conversation, and beverages
- 12:30 lunch
- 1:10 program
- Cost for Luncheon Program – Contribution: $8.00 members, $10.00 nonmembers (Lunch is provided by member volunteers.)
- Annual Membership: $25.00
Proceeds from luncheon programs and member fees are used to fund our outreach to Santa Fe organizations that benefit women and children.
Santa Fe Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
The Unitarian Universalist Women’s Fellowship (UUWF) of Santa Fe is a community of women who seek to enrich the lives of its members as well as the lives of the women and children of Santa Fe. We are a volunteer organization that donates the proceeds from our programs to local Santa Fe charities.
As a place for women to meet other women in Santa Fe, UUWF holds monthly luncheons from September through May featuring a speaker on a variety of topics ranging from authors, to travel and social justice topics, and local culture and history. Speakers are generally from Santa Fe and the surrounding New Mexico community. UUWF also hosts an annual retreat, which is a special time for building friendships and self-exploration. Special interest groups, including including a book, hiking and a theatre groups.
UUWF activities are open to any woman in the community, and you do not have to be a UUWF member or a member of Unitarian Universalists of Santa Fe to participate. However, yearly membership dues of $25 and luncheon fees of $8 (member) and $10 (non-members and guests) support the donations we make to local charities. A luncheon poster and sign-up sheet are in the foyer of the UU Santa Fe church, where you can also provide an email. Once you have supplied your email, you will receive monthly announcements about the luncheons. You will also find luncheon information on this web site.
We invite interested women to check us out and participate in our activities.
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