MARCH & RALLY: DEFENDING OUR FAMILIES, UNITING OUR COMMUNITY!
On Monday, May 1st, dress in white & join the national strike!!
In the face of an administration bent on using its power to persecute immigrant families and further devastate rural communities, state institutions that refuse to enforce our labor laws, this May Day, International Workers Day, we will #RiseUp!
March will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Somos office (1804 Espinacitas St.) and will end with a rally at Franklin Miles Park (1027 Camino Carlos Rey) with food, music, mariachi, danzantes and kids activities.
For more information contact Somos Un Pueblo Unido at (505) 424-7832.
May 7 First Sunday Giving ~ Interfaith Community Shelter
Last summer, widespread community support enabled the Interfaith Community Shelter to open the Women’s Summer Safe Haven. Most of the women served were between 45 and 65 years old, had acute mental health issues and could not gain entry into the other programs that shelter women in Santa Fe. In prior years these women would have been forced to spend the summer months alone, either on the streets or in the arroyos. their only other options was to partner with a man for protection, which often led to violence or abuse.
Because of the overwhelming response last summer, the Interfaith Community Shelter will expand the women’s dormitory to again provide support and a safe haven for dozens of women this summer. This shelter is the only “come as you are” or “minimal barrier” shelter in New Mexico. Everyone is accepted, regardless of condition or circumstance, including their pets. More than 95 cents of every dollar goes to serving the most fragile members of our community.
Interfaith Community Shelter firstname.lastname@example.org www.interfaithsheltersf.org
Report on the Social Justice Congregational Conversation on April 23
The number of Social Justice activities reported by the various groups and individuals on Sunday made it very clear that we UUs do not just sit at home reading, watching TV or otherwise not being involved in our community. People made an astounding number of phone calls, wrote letters and signed petitions to their representatives, both locally and nationally. We went to meetings and marches. We worked hard on improving our health care system; supporting immigrants and those who support them; feeding hungry people; and educating ourselves about the continuing degradation of our natural environment and coming up with real suggestions about how to slow this process down.
We helped make some real changes where we could, and simply offered support and comfort when that was all that was possible. We found other groups with concerns similar to ours and helped form coalitions. Some of those coalitions were very challenging because not all of their members agree with all of our perspectives. But we worked with folks when and where we could. We learned lessons in holding our tongues when necessary. We practiced speaking our truths respectfully, giving room to those with whom we disagree on some issues, as long as we could work with them on other issues. And others gave us the same respect.
The Environment Group continue to:.
- Work with of other organizations in coalition to further environmental justice issues
- Offer educational events to make our work more effective.
The Immigration Group continue to:
- Work with and support Somos Un Pueblo Unido and keep the Congregation informed about their activities, needs, and ways we can help them.
- Will keep in touch with Retake our Democracy.
- Also stay in contact with the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
- Will support Somos as it works on Wage Theft issues
The Poverty and Homeless Shelter Group continue to:
- Support Pete’s Place as it works to establish its One Door program to provide all services for the homeless under one roof
- Support YouthWorks! as we house homeless youth in our building
- Keep granola bars, gloves, etc. in their cars, to give to homeless folks on Street corners
- Get clothes, particularly men’s clothes, to Pete’s Place
- Organize two weeks of service at Pete's Place next year.
The Health Care Group will:
- Connect with Health Action New Mexico
- Set up a phone tree so they can react quickly when further action is needed
- Will work with Indivisible
We all agreed to send notices to News@uusantafe.org to help our community keep up with what is going on. We will also make note of our successes in the Book of Joys and Concerns.
With all of the wonderful energy efficiency changes happening around UU Santa Fe, this is great time to take advantage of energy saving incentive programs at home. Just like UU Santa Fe, you can begin with an energy audit to determine areas with the greatest return on investment for energy savings.
PNM’s offers free energy efficiency audits to homeowners. Visit www.pnmhomecheckup.com.
Santa Fe lags behind all other cities in the state in using this program.
Check the city website for additional programs www.santafenm.gov/programs_for_homeowners_and_businesses
- Low-Interest Loans,
- Rebates aand Discounts on LED lighting, showerheads, water heaters, space heaters and insulation;
- Tax credits on the purchase of renewable energy systems like solar panels;
- Water conservation measures can also help save energy. Rebates are available for: high efficiency toilets, high efficiency clothes washers, rain barrels. Make sure you have low flow aerators on bathroom faucets and repair leaks quickly. http://savewatersantafe.com/rebates
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UUSC Mission Statement:
UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.
UUSC was established in 1940 in response to the persecution of the Jews and others by the Nazis.
Today we work in more than 20 countries around the world. For example, in DARFUR’s displaced persons camp, we work to safeguard women and girls from sexual assault. We do that in Haiti as well. Also in Haiti, we are still working to help families rebuild their lives after that terrible earthquake We are working to protect an indigenous community’s clean water in Guatemala We worked with many local groups to pass four laws in California which guarantee all (mostly including farm workers) access to safe drinking water.