Sharon's Unitarian Church Launching Immigrant Rights Advocacy Effort
Leading figure in U.S.-Mexico border debate speaking at the church this Sunday.
Two immigrants rights champions, one focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border and the other on Massachusetts, will speak at the Unitarian Church of Sharon this Sunday.
The church has several immigration rights advocacy efforts planned for November, says the Rev. Jim Robinson, the minister. The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is asking its churches to focus on immigration this year, he says.
Mike Wilson of the Tohono O'odham Nation tribe in southwestern Arizona, will speak at the Sharon church at 10:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Robinson said.
Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, which advocates for the rights of Latin American immigrants in Massachusetts, also will speak during the evening program, Robinson says.
Wilson will discuss "respecting the immigrants as human beings that need to be cared for," the minister says.
"Immigration rights is such a hot topic right now," Robinson says.
The Sharon church will show "9500 Liberty," a documentary, at 7 p.m. Nov. 11.
Set in a Virginia community, the film "documents the first and possibly only time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented — then captures the grassroots opposition that led to its repeal," according to its website.
Robinson says the Sharon church will spend the upcoming Sundays advocating for immigrants' rights.
On Nov. 13, for example, church members will send postcards advocating for the humane treatment of illegal immigrants picked up across the border, he says.