No More Deaths/No Más Muertes started in 2004 and in 2008 was adopted by the UU Church of Tucson as a ministry of that church. Its mission is to uphold fundamental human rights and to end the death and suffering along the U.S./ Mexican border by calling attention to human rights abuses there. Until recently, No More Deaths was perhaps best known for being the people who left bottled water for immigrants along the Arizona – Mexico border.
In September of this year, No More Deaths released a groundbreaking report titled A Culture of Cruelty describing the human rights abuses perpetrated by the U.S. Border Patrol. I was honored to be the representative of the faith community at the press conference announcing the release of the report. Earlier this week there was a Congressional briefing on this report in Washington, D.C. You can read more about that on the UUA’s Standing on the Side of Love blog.
Unitarian Universalists recognize that how our country treats immigrants is a moral issue, not just a political one. And that’s why we are going to Phoenix next June for a Justice General Assembly. But right now I encourage you to contact President Obama to demand that the heinous abuses of basic human rights taking place along the U.S. – Mexico border be stopped. I have previously described the issue of immigration reform as a struggle for the soul of our nation, and I say again that in this struggle Unitarian Universalists are committed to standing on the side of love and justice.