Social Action News
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbus has provided its new Grace Fellowship Hall for an important day-long workshop today to advance human rights. At issue is fair treatment for immigrants detained in for-profit facilities in the southeast.
The invitation-only workshop also coincides with and opportunity for all UUFC members and friends to participate in a vigil Saturday morning at a local detention center near Lumpkin, Ga.
The national Detention Watch Network worked with Georgia Detention Watch and Alterna, the immigrant-advocacy group based in LaGrange, Ga., to organize the one-day event. (The Southeast Regional Meeting, held on Thursday, Nov. 19.) More than 50 invited organizers are attending, representing organiza
tions in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Participants also came from Chicago, Austin, Tex., and Detention Watch headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“We are selling hope and our currency is love,” said Alterna organizer Anton Flores, who has spoken at UUFC.
Detention Watch communications manager Carly Pérez said the purpose of the meeting was to strengthen relationships among member organizations and to share information and strategies.
Organizers are focusing in particular on the Stewart Detention Center near Lumpkin, Ga., and similar facilities in Etowah County, Ala., and another one in Broward County, Fla. Many workshop participants are experienced advocates for detainees. They visit and accompany detainees, when possible, and monitor conditions at detention facilities.
On Friday, Nov. 20, participants will visit detainees at the Stewart Detention Center.
On Saturday, Nov. 21, Alterna, the advocacy group based in LaGrange, will hold its annual vigil at the Stewart facility, which is near Lumpkin, Ga. Meet at the Lumpkin town square, at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Main Street, at 9:30 a.m. (For your GPS: 290 Main St., Lumpkin, GA 31815.)
Last year more than 1,000 people participated in the Lumpkin vigial, including many Unitarian Universalists. This year UUFC members are encouraged to join the vigil wearing their “Standing on the Side of Love” shirts. (Or bring a sign or banner.)
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The Social Action Committee is a committee of UUFC members dedicated to reaching out to the needs of the local community through various activities, including:
Giving Away the Plate
Giving Away the Plate is our program in which donations received on each 3rd Sunday go to a nominated local charity which operates along at least one of our UU principles.
- Homeless Resource Network
- Boys and Girls Club of Chattahoochee Valley
- Battered Women Shelter
- Trees Columbus
- Sandy Relief Fund
- Haiti Relief Fund
- Valley Rescue Mission
Feed the Valley is a program of our UUFC Social Action Committee. On the 1st Sunday we take all the canned and non-perishable goods collected and give them to the Feeding The Valley food bank.
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