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Operation Streamline Fact Sheet [PDF]
larry and LuisMigrant Ministry in the SWC
Many of the folks from Rincon have been praying for my friend Luis over the past many weeks. Luis was brought to the U.S. by his Mother when he was not yet 3 years old (to escape an abusive husband/father). Luis turned 20 years old this past Christmas Day ... Read story
cms statement photoUCC leaders applaud Arizona immigration law injunction
July 29, 2010
(UCC, national setting)

>> Read their statement
Interfaith ImmigrationThe Interfaith Immigration Coalition (ICC), urges people to engage in constant prayer, public prayer events and advocacy for immigration reform.
Learn more about this organization: Interfaith Immigration Coalition
TOX: AZ Republic
>> Spanish congregation loses members in unsettling wake of immigration law
Stand for JusticeStand for Justice
The Justice and Witness Ministries of our national UCC setting has posted immigration resources and information on ucc.org.
Immigration page: Read stories of immigrants and their allies in Arizona, Virginia and North Carolina. Resources include talking points from Church World Service, travel-study Experiences through Centro Romero and much more.
Arizona: Arizona's page has information and resources for people in Arizona and others to 'Stand for Justice Act Now to Oppose the Arizona law'

M. Linda JaramilloA Culture of Fear
July 19, 2010
By M. Linda Jaramillo
Two weeks ago, UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black and I visited Arizona. Our purpose was to meet with and listen to church and community leaders who have been working on the various issues surrounding the passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1070. While 1070 is steeped in political debate about who is on the “right” side of the question, people are living in fear. Fear seems to be dominating the culture and climate of Arizona. >> Read story

Geoffrey BlackUCC National Leaders Come to SWC in Ministry of Accompaniment
July 6, 2010
By Phil Reller and Randy Mayer
In times of difficulty and struggle it is not necessarily a person’s words that are important but it is the sense of presence and solidarity that becomes essential. In Latin America they call it a "ministry of accompaniment," the simple idea of walking with people in times of struggle and need. Last week the Southwest Conference experienced the ministry of accompaniment when General Minister and President Rev. Geoffrey Black and Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries Rev. Linda Jaramillo visited the border region. >> Read story

Expressions of Solidarity and Support
The Southwest Conference has been receiving words of solidarity and support from many circles within the United Church of Christ and from organizations who have come to see that we are fully committed to act on behalf of the immigrant. Many of those responding are aware that in a very short while, the same dynamics that we are experiencing here in Arizona will soon be present in their setting.
The support of our covenant and mission partners has been heartening, and we would like to share them with all of you. As they continue to arrive, we will update our website to include the full array of supportive responses in the hopes that you will be as inspired by them as we have been.

Southwest Conference resolution, passed by delegates to the 2010 SWC Annual Meeting: A Call for a More Humane US Immigration Policy; End Migrant Deaths; Support Immigrant Communities (Resolution of Witness) 
An Open Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and Governor Jan Brewer

Council of Conference Ministers
sent a letter in support and concern about SB1070.
>> Read their letter

Central Pacific Conterence UCC approved an Emergency Resolution of Solidarity with Immigrants and the SWCUCC >> Read their resolution

Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference UCC
approved an Emergency Resolution of Solidarity with Immigrants and the SWCUCC >> Read their resolution

Rocky Mountain Conference UCC
approved an Emergency Resolution of Solidarity with Immigrants and the SWCUCC >> Read their resolution

Southern California Nevada Conference UCC approved a resolution: Expressing Solidarity and Support for our Sisters and Brothers in Arizona following passage of Arizona SB1070 and Encouraging our Members and Churches to Offer Relief and to Do Justice >> Read their resolution

Northern California Nevada Conference UCC are taking on the call to solidarity and action with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. >> Read their call to action

This isn’t just another poem.
Brittany Wideman, long active in the Youth and Outdoor ministry programs of the Southwest Conference, wrote and read this poem for a service of worship held at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Phoenix the night before a large march to protest SB 1070. Many who were there were deeply moved by her words, and we are proud now to share them with you. >> Read poem
Daniel ErdmanWe are ONE Albuquerque!
On June 7, 2010, Daniel Erdman, pastor at Iglesia Congregacional Unida in Albuquerque and Outreach Coordinator for the New Mexico Conference of Churches, made this statement to the Albuquerque City Council. >>Read his statement
Protest MarchUCC members opposed to immigration law join march on Arizona Capitol
Written by Scott Griessel, June 1, 2010
Members of the United Church of Christ from Arizona and around the country joined an estimated 20,000 protesters May 29 to march in opposition to the state's SB1070 immigration law that, according to critics, targets Hispanics and could leave the door open for racial profiling by law enforcement agencies. >>Read more
Ecumenical Advocacy DaysEcumenical Advocacy Days and Immigration Reform
As the Southwest Conference, we should be at the forefront in educating, mobilizing and organizing our people and the broader society around the issue of immigration" writes Noel Anderson. Read his article about taking part in Ecumenical Advocacy Days and Immigration Reform in Washington DC.
worship planning materialsWorship Planning Materials
Opening Prayer, Prayer of Concern, Prayer of Commitment, Call to Action, The Immigrant’s Creed, Scripture, A Good Samaritan Story, Sermon Pieces, Revelation 21:1-6/Immigrant Rights Sunday

UCC AZ addUCC adGod's love knows no borders
The national church raised the funds needed to run full-page advertisements in Arizona newspapers, one in English in the Arizona Republic and one in Spanish in La Prensa, protesting SB1070.
The ad quotes the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister for the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries, who proclaimed, "When racism raises its ugly head and our nation's core justice values are at stake, fear cannot be an excuse to remain silent."

Educational Materials
Resolution, adopted by delegates to the 2010 Southwest Conference Annual Meeting, strongly condemning Arizona's recent anti-immigration legislation.
scaleThe Law (Myths and Debunking them)
Arizona’s New Anti-Immigrant Legislation and Common Immigration Myths, by Brendan N. Mahoney, Esq., Southwest Conference Moderator.