1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:36,658 2 00:00:36,658 --> 00:00:40,855 SPEAKER 1: We are gathered here in the midst of one 3 00:00:40,855 --> 00:00:43,160 moment in time. 4 00:00:43,160 --> 00:00:48,070 One moment in the flow of human history. 5 00:00:48,070 --> 00:00:58,410 SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING SPANISH] 6 00:00:58,410 --> 00:01:03,980 SPEAKER 3: Ordinary people writing a new story. 7 00:01:03,980 --> 00:01:07,060 SPEAKER 4: A story telling of human dignity and self 8 00:01:07,060 --> 00:01:09,880 determination, of encounter and the 9 00:01:09,880 --> 00:01:12,080 richness of human meeting. 10 00:01:12,080 --> 00:01:15,820 SPEAKER 5: A story that tells us of our unity reminding us 11 00:01:15,820 --> 00:01:18,150 we are all one. 12 00:01:18,150 --> 00:01:20,560 SPEAKER 6: As Unitarian-Universalists, we 13 00:01:20,560 --> 00:01:22,690 have struggled for human dignity, 14 00:01:22,690 --> 00:01:26,170 justice, and equality. 15 00:01:26,170 --> 00:01:37,030 SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING SPANISH] 16 00:01:37,030 --> 00:01:42,020 BEVERLY MCCORMICK: Tonight, tomorrow, this week, we gather 17 00:01:42,020 --> 00:01:46,630 to bear witness to the human rights abuses in Arizona and 18 00:01:46,630 --> 00:01:52,530 the exploitation inherent in our broken immigration system. 19 00:01:52,530 --> 00:01:56,120 SPEAKER 4: Some of us have crossed barriers of fear to be 20 00:01:56,120 --> 00:01:59,180 here, picket lines of our conscience to 21 00:01:59,180 --> 00:02:02,190 be present in Arizona. 22 00:02:02,190 --> 00:02:05,760 SPEAKER 2: Some of us have crossed barriers of history, 23 00:02:05,760 --> 00:02:09,479 distances of culture, the built up scar tissue of 24 00:02:09,479 --> 00:02:16,290 oppression, of injustice, and indignity to be here together, 25 00:02:16,290 --> 00:02:20,670 to continue the work for a new day. 26 00:02:20,670 --> 00:02:24,030 SPEAKER 3: Some of us come carrying great privilege of 27 00:02:24,030 --> 00:02:26,010 skin color. 28 00:02:26,010 --> 00:02:27,877 GROUP 1: Of status, of education, of 29 00:02:27,877 --> 00:02:33,490 ability, or of wealth. 30 00:02:33,490 --> 00:02:37,940 We must be willing to unlearn much of what 31 00:02:37,940 --> 00:02:42,040 we have been taught. 32 00:02:42,040 --> 00:02:50,060 SPEAKER 7: Today, we meet heart to heart 33 00:02:50,060 --> 00:02:54,100 and human to human. 34 00:02:54,100 --> 00:02:56,660 SPEAKER 6: May we open ourselves to a youthful 35 00:02:56,660 --> 00:02:58,720 spirit in us all. 36 00:02:58,720 --> 00:03:00,920 SPEAKER 1: To be more vulnerable in our truth 37 00:03:00,920 --> 00:03:06,530 telling, to break through the barriers of hurts and fears, 38 00:03:06,530 --> 00:03:12,490 to share the truth of who we are with each other. 39 00:03:12,490 --> 00:03:15,200 SPEAKER 5: May we learn to trust and be willing to risk 40 00:03:15,200 --> 00:03:19,230 to join with others to make justice. 41 00:03:19,230 --> 00:03:23,110 SPEAKER 3: May we listen deeply and be willing to 42 00:03:23,110 --> 00:03:25,680 become uncomfortable. 43 00:03:25,680 --> 00:03:30,380 GROUP 2: Let us sing together, learn together, dream 44 00:03:30,380 --> 00:03:34,360 together, and hope together. 45 00:03:34,360 --> 00:03:37,630 SPEAKER 4: May our work take the form of words and prayers 46 00:03:37,630 --> 00:03:39,190 and actions. 47 00:03:39,190 --> 00:03:44,080 Action following action from Phoenix back to the places 48 00:03:44,080 --> 00:03:49,900 where we have come, creating a world of justice for all. 49 00:03:49,900 --> 00:04:05,890 SPEAKER 5: [SPEAKING SPANISH] 50 00:04:05,890 --> 00:04:11,220 SPEAKER 2: We are together, hand in hand, a part of a 51 00:04:11,220 --> 00:04:13,340 continuing story. 52 00:04:13,340 --> 00:04:32,389 One that will be strengthened by our time together here. 53 00:04:32,389 --> 00:06:48,010 [SINGING] 54 00:06:48,010 --> 00:06:56,750 SHANNON RIVERS: [SPEAKING O'OTHAM] 55 00:06:56,750 --> 00:06:59,380 My name is Shannon Rivers. 56 00:06:59,380 --> 00:07:02,220 I come from the O'otham people whose 57 00:07:02,220 --> 00:07:06,270 territory you are now in. 58 00:07:06,270 --> 00:07:12,200 My people have been here for thousands of years. 59 00:07:12,200 --> 00:07:18,880 They have seen the sun, the dust, the struggles, and the 60 00:07:18,880 --> 00:07:27,280 arrival of the Spaniards and the European. 61 00:07:27,280 --> 00:07:31,570 This land that you sit on is called O'otham [? Juva ?]. 62 00:07:31,570 --> 00:07:35,410 We have no other name for it, meaning that this is 63 00:07:35,410 --> 00:07:37,980 where we come from. 64 00:07:37,980 --> 00:07:42,120 My descendants are the [INAUDIBLE]. 65 00:07:42,120 --> 00:07:44,290 Archaeologists will tell you they were 66 00:07:44,290 --> 00:07:49,200 here 1,500 years ago. 67 00:07:49,200 --> 00:07:52,380 And that's the only time that they know of. 68 00:07:52,380 --> 00:07:56,500 But in our histories and our stories we've been here for 69 00:07:56,500 --> 00:08:01,490 millennia and more, 10 times more. 70 00:08:01,490 --> 00:08:05,100 So we welcome you to our territory. 71 00:08:05,100 --> 00:08:12,680 This place that you gather is known for one of the largest 72 00:08:12,680 --> 00:08:17,790 villages where we once lived. 73 00:08:17,790 --> 00:08:21,940 Since the beginning of this arrival of the Spaniards and 74 00:08:21,940 --> 00:08:26,850 the Europeans, we have been moved out. 75 00:08:26,850 --> 00:08:30,670 We've been moved to reservations where many of us 76 00:08:30,670 --> 00:08:33,000 still live. 77 00:08:33,000 --> 00:08:37,590 We still struggle with many of those that still come and take 78 00:08:37,590 --> 00:08:42,909 the land, many of those that use up the water and all the 79 00:08:42,909 --> 00:08:48,040 natural resources. 80 00:08:48,040 --> 00:08:51,020 Many years ago-- 81 00:08:51,020 --> 00:08:52,012 1872-- 82 00:08:52,012 --> 00:08:57,890 our chief Antonio Azul said that sometimes the river is 83 00:08:57,890 --> 00:09:06,570 dry and now there are many dams above us. 84 00:09:06,570 --> 00:09:09,660 And the country is full of ditches, and they 85 00:09:09,660 --> 00:09:13,540 keep taking our water. 86 00:09:13,540 --> 00:09:21,290 As O'otham people, we have struggled with the coming of 87 00:09:21,290 --> 00:09:27,120 your people, of your ancestors. 88 00:09:27,120 --> 00:09:32,560 And that relationship has been strained many a times. 89 00:09:32,560 --> 00:09:36,110 And it is my understanding that you come here and gather 90 00:09:36,110 --> 00:09:38,870 for justice. 91 00:09:38,870 --> 00:09:42,450 In this country, however, indigenous peoples have yet to 92 00:09:42,450 --> 00:09:45,740 see justice. 93 00:09:45,740 --> 00:09:51,720 They have yet to recognize what justice is. 94 00:09:51,720 --> 00:09:58,800 Our people all over the Americas, we need your help. 95 00:09:58,800 --> 00:10:02,130 We want your help. 96 00:10:02,130 --> 00:10:07,640 But not at the cost of giving up who we are. 97 00:10:07,640 --> 00:10:13,220 Our traditions, our cultures, our livelihoods, our 98 00:10:13,220 --> 00:10:17,850 languages, our ceremonies, they are 99 00:10:17,850 --> 00:10:22,660 thousands of years old. 100 00:10:22,660 --> 00:10:28,860 And so today I come here with a message that as indigenous 101 00:10:28,860 --> 00:10:36,190 peoples you must listen to us, the original inhabitants of 102 00:10:36,190 --> 00:10:43,120 this country, of this country that you call America. 103 00:10:43,120 --> 00:10:46,296 America has many flaws. 104 00:10:46,296 --> 00:10:49,390 It has many problems. 105 00:10:49,390 --> 00:10:55,740 We are one of the greediest Nations on this earth. 106 00:10:55,740 --> 00:10:59,200 This land that you sit on, my people have been 107 00:10:59,200 --> 00:11:03,080 here for a long time. 108 00:11:03,080 --> 00:11:07,550 And many decades ago when they built this building, they 109 00:11:07,550 --> 00:11:13,620 removed many of my ancestors from this very ground and they 110 00:11:13,620 --> 00:11:19,650 put them in museums for display. 111 00:11:19,650 --> 00:11:26,380 So brothers and sisters I call upon you, that if you truly 112 00:11:26,380 --> 00:11:30,910 come here for justice and the recognition of the rights of 113 00:11:30,910 --> 00:11:35,620 indigenous peoples, that you hear not one story, not just 114 00:11:35,620 --> 00:11:39,620 my story, but many stories. 115 00:11:39,620 --> 00:11:45,960 In the lifetime of our leader, Antonio Azul, there was once 116 00:11:45,960 --> 00:11:50,630 the abundance of crops running along the Gila River. 117 00:11:50,630 --> 00:11:57,550 But in this lifetime he witnessed extreme poverty. 118 00:11:57,550 --> 00:12:03,580 And unfortunately today there is no difference. 119 00:12:03,580 --> 00:12:09,620 Our foods are being modified. 120 00:12:09,620 --> 00:12:16,630 We are consumers of the natural resources, the gas and 121 00:12:16,630 --> 00:12:21,940 the coal that is being ripped from Mother Earth. 122 00:12:21,940 --> 00:12:24,380 Many of you wear gold. 123 00:12:24,380 --> 00:12:28,330 This electricity that you sit under comes from the Navajo 124 00:12:28,330 --> 00:12:35,700 Nation, the Dine people who struggle with water and even 125 00:12:35,700 --> 00:12:41,200 paying their own electricity bill. 126 00:12:41,200 --> 00:12:49,720 As Americans we are rich with ritual, but we lack the 127 00:12:49,720 --> 00:12:52,480 spirituality. 128 00:12:52,480 --> 00:12:58,620 We lack the relationship with one another. 129 00:12:58,620 --> 00:13:05,380 So today many of our warriors, our men and 130 00:13:05,380 --> 00:13:08,800 women, still fight. 131 00:13:08,800 --> 00:13:11,430 And many of you may ask, why do you fight? 132 00:13:11,430 --> 00:13:15,380 Why don't you assimilate? 133 00:13:15,380 --> 00:13:17,600 I'm not an American. 134 00:13:17,600 --> 00:13:27,260 I'm Akimel O'otham and my people have been here forever. 135 00:13:27,260 --> 00:13:35,810 But one thing that we are is we're human beings. 136 00:13:35,810 --> 00:13:39,310 We're human beings and we should honor each other. 137 00:13:39,310 --> 00:13:42,200 We should respect one another. 138 00:13:42,200 --> 00:13:46,840 Not just the two legged, but the four legged, the winged, 139 00:13:46,840 --> 00:13:50,700 the ones that crawl on Mother Earth. 140 00:13:50,700 --> 00:13:54,470 Today, our warriors still fight. 141 00:13:54,470 --> 00:13:57,660 They still struggle. 142 00:13:57,660 --> 00:13:59,360 They want recognition for their own 143 00:13:59,360 --> 00:14:05,580 rights, their own ability. 144 00:14:05,580 --> 00:14:13,310 In the late 1800s a man by the name of Tatanka Yotanka 145 00:14:13,310 --> 00:14:21,360 Sitting Bull, said to some Generals that were sitting 146 00:14:21,360 --> 00:14:26,440 around an military people, he said, warriors are not what 147 00:14:26,440 --> 00:14:29,920 you think of as a warrior. 148 00:14:29,920 --> 00:14:34,520 The warrior is not someone who fights because no one has the 149 00:14:34,520 --> 00:14:38,110 right to take another life. 150 00:14:38,110 --> 00:14:44,700 A warrior for us is one whose sacrifices himself for the 151 00:14:44,700 --> 00:14:49,890 good of others. 152 00:14:49,890 --> 00:14:58,130 His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, 153 00:14:58,130 --> 00:15:03,100 and those who cannot provide for themselves. 154 00:15:03,100 --> 00:15:12,860 And above all, the children who are our humanity. 155 00:15:12,860 --> 00:15:18,320 So brothers and sisters this creed has been amongst us 156 00:15:18,320 --> 00:15:23,450 indigenous people for generations, countless of 157 00:15:23,450 --> 00:15:26,790 generations. 158 00:15:26,790 --> 00:15:30,350 So this land that you gather on, the feet that walk across 159 00:15:30,350 --> 00:15:33,770 this land when you touch the Mother Earth, remember whose 160 00:15:33,770 --> 00:15:35,460 territory you are in. 161 00:15:35,460 --> 00:15:38,500 And honor those people. 162 00:15:38,500 --> 00:15:41,510 And all throughout America, honor 163 00:15:41,510 --> 00:15:45,680 those indigenous peoples. 164 00:15:45,680 --> 00:15:48,650 We're not asking for your permission. 165 00:15:48,650 --> 00:15:50,840 It is our right. 166 00:15:50,840 --> 00:15:55,840 It is our right as the original inhabitants. 167 00:15:55,840 --> 00:15:58,530 It is our right as indigenous peoples. 168 00:15:58,530 --> 00:16:02,320 It is our right as Akimel O'otham people. 169 00:16:02,320 --> 00:16:05,490 It is our right as a human being that all 170 00:16:05,490 --> 00:16:08,050 people should be free. 171 00:16:08,050 --> 00:16:11,700 All people are equal. 172 00:16:11,700 --> 00:16:16,460 You are no different from me. 173 00:16:16,460 --> 00:16:20,170 We pray, we eat, we love our families, we 174 00:16:20,170 --> 00:16:24,080 drink the sacred water. 175 00:16:24,080 --> 00:16:29,010 So do not treat me different, but recognize that those who 176 00:16:29,010 --> 00:16:33,580 are struggling, those who have difficult life here in America 177 00:16:33,580 --> 00:16:37,380 are the indigenous peoples. 178 00:16:37,380 --> 00:16:48,050 We have reservations today, in 2012. 179 00:16:48,050 --> 00:16:51,670 My people are warriors. 180 00:16:51,670 --> 00:16:56,130 And that word, warrior, is an English word. 181 00:16:56,130 --> 00:16:58,660 We are O'otham. 182 00:16:58,660 --> 00:17:04,609 We are human beings as you are my relatives. 183 00:17:04,609 --> 00:17:07,260 So welcome, once again to O'otham [? Juva. ?] 184 00:17:07,260 --> 00:17:11,787 [SPEAKING O'OTHAM] 185 00:17:11,787 --> 00:17:29,370 [APPLAUSE] 186 00:17:29,370 --> 00:17:31,000 SUSAN FREDERICK-GREY: I am Susan Frederick- Grey, the 187 00:17:31,000 --> 00:17:33,930 minister of the Unitarian-Universalist 188 00:17:33,930 --> 00:17:36,930 Congregation of Phoenix, Arizona and the lead of the 189 00:17:36,930 --> 00:17:39,315 Arizona Immigration Ministry. 190 00:17:39,315 --> 00:17:48,260 [APPLAUSE] 191 00:17:48,260 --> 00:17:52,310 And this is Sara Surface and Asha Arora the co-deans of the 192 00:17:52,310 --> 00:18:01,540 Youth Caucus. 193 00:18:01,540 --> 00:18:04,250 ASHA ARORA: The chalice is a cup. 194 00:18:04,250 --> 00:18:10,280 It is a symbol of sustenance, of the way we care and nurture 195 00:18:10,280 --> 00:18:15,590 one another in community, the way we hold and challenge one 196 00:18:15,590 --> 00:18:17,900 another to grow. 197 00:18:17,900 --> 00:18:21,110 SARA SURFACE: The flame of our chalice is a symbol 198 00:18:21,110 --> 00:18:24,450 of wisdom and truth. 199 00:18:24,450 --> 00:18:29,700 It reminds us of the spark of the divine, the creative light 200 00:18:29,700 --> 00:18:49,500 of flame and all creation, and of every human being. 201 00:18:49,500 --> 00:18:50,110 SUSAN FREDERICK-GREY: We kindle the 202 00:18:50,110 --> 00:18:53,740 flame of our heritage. 203 00:18:53,740 --> 00:19:02,364 Come, let us worship. 204 00:19:02,364 --> 00:20:26,380 [SINGING] 205 00:20:26,380 --> 00:20:30,870 DIANE DOWGIERT: Welcome to Phoenix for the 51st annual 206 00:20:30,870 --> 00:20:34,280 gathering of the Unitarian-Universalist 207 00:20:34,280 --> 00:20:40,102 Association of Congregations Justice General Assembly 2012. 208 00:20:40,102 --> 00:20:51,940 [APPLAUSE] 209 00:20:51,940 --> 00:20:53,870 My name is Diane Dowgiert. 210 00:20:53,870 --> 00:20:58,340 I serve as minister of the Unitarian-Universalist Church 211 00:20:58,340 --> 00:21:03,340 of Tucson, whose mission statement says, "we envision a 212 00:21:03,340 --> 00:21:09,790 world where justice and compassion cross all borders." 213 00:21:09,790 --> 00:21:15,880 With deep gratitude I welcome you to Arizona, the Grand 214 00:21:15,880 --> 00:21:17,890 Canyon state. 215 00:21:17,890 --> 00:21:24,190 A place of wide horizons, abundant sunshine, and a rich 216 00:21:24,190 --> 00:21:27,210 and diverse history. 217 00:21:27,210 --> 00:21:33,580 Arizona is home to 21 Nations of indigenous peoples. 218 00:21:33,580 --> 00:21:39,480 It is also populated by people from all around the world. 219 00:21:39,480 --> 00:21:43,460 This General Assembly coincides with the 100th 220 00:21:43,460 --> 00:21:48,320 anniversary of Arizona's statehood. 221 00:21:48,320 --> 00:21:52,600 I welcome you to the Pacific Southwest district, which 222 00:21:52,600 --> 00:21:57,590 covers Southern California, all of Arizona, and the 223 00:21:57,590 --> 00:22:01,290 Southern portion of Nevada. 224 00:22:01,290 --> 00:22:07,630 I invite you to sense the deep spirit of this place, infused 225 00:22:07,630 --> 00:22:13,800 as it is with native beauty and ancient wisdom. 226 00:22:13,800 --> 00:22:18,790 Your presence here is an expression of solidarity with 227 00:22:18,790 --> 00:22:23,660 Unitarian-Universalists in this district who have been 228 00:22:23,660 --> 00:22:28,830 crossing the borders of our faith tradition to form 229 00:22:28,830 --> 00:22:34,180 relationships with individuals and organizations working to 230 00:22:34,180 --> 00:22:39,210 preserve human dignity and secure human rights for 231 00:22:39,210 --> 00:22:43,990 migrants and immigrant communities locally and across 232 00:22:43,990 --> 00:22:46,380 the United States. 233 00:22:46,380 --> 00:22:51,830 I join with you in extending a warm welcome to our partner 234 00:22:51,830 --> 00:22:54,080 organizations. 235 00:22:54,080 --> 00:22:56,690 Bienvenido, amigos. 236 00:22:56,690 --> 00:23:06,780 Welcome, friends. 237 00:23:06,780 --> 00:23:07,750 DANIEL RODRIGUEZ: Good evening everyone. 238 00:23:07,750 --> 00:23:09,130 My name is Daniel Rodriguez. 239 00:23:09,130 --> 00:23:16,630 I am undocumented and I'm not afraid. 240 00:23:16,630 --> 00:23:19,730 Welcome to summer in Arizona. 241 00:23:19,730 --> 00:23:23,850 Here, the inherent worth and dignity of every person isn't 242 00:23:23,850 --> 00:23:26,180 self evident to everyone. 243 00:23:26,180 --> 00:23:30,380 Here, it's so hot that the rivers of justice and equity 244 00:23:30,380 --> 00:23:33,180 are believed to be dried out. 245 00:23:33,180 --> 00:23:37,920 Here, peace, liberty, and justice for all are as absent 246 00:23:37,920 --> 00:23:44,580 as socks at a UU summer service. 247 00:23:44,580 --> 00:23:48,860 Because I live in the desert, I, like many of you, have 248 00:23:48,860 --> 00:23:51,160 learned the importance of roots. 249 00:23:51,160 --> 00:23:53,920 I have roots in the transcontinental tracks in 250 00:23:53,920 --> 00:23:56,950 Sacramento that made it possible for the United States 251 00:23:56,950 --> 00:23:59,540 to become an industrial powerhouse. 252 00:23:59,540 --> 00:24:03,080 I have roots in the fields of Oregon, where farmhands made 253 00:24:03,080 --> 00:24:07,740 it possible for the US to win World War II. 254 00:24:07,740 --> 00:24:13,040 My roots are strong and form a network where art, science, 255 00:24:13,040 --> 00:24:17,180 and stories coexist to generate a multi-disciplinary 256 00:24:17,180 --> 00:24:20,340 conscience that keeps alive the spirit of community 257 00:24:20,340 --> 00:24:24,020 resistance, people resistance. 258 00:24:24,020 --> 00:24:27,940 You, we, the people-- 259 00:24:27,940 --> 00:24:34,290 we the people must call everyone to action. 260 00:24:34,290 --> 00:24:36,130 And I hope that your General Assembly here 261 00:24:36,130 --> 00:24:37,590 is the call to action. 262 00:24:37,590 --> 00:24:39,840 We the people must do. 263 00:24:39,840 --> 00:24:43,450 We the people are a nation united around the creed in 264 00:24:43,450 --> 00:24:46,550 which all people have the right to life, liberty, and 265 00:24:46,550 --> 00:24:48,690 the pursuit of happiness. 266 00:24:48,690 --> 00:24:51,860 This creed is personified in the form of a statute directed 267 00:24:51,860 --> 00:24:54,830 to look beyond the ocean line and shout, "give me your 268 00:24:54,830 --> 00:24:58,700 tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe 269 00:24:58,700 --> 00:24:59,810 free." 270 00:24:59,810 --> 00:25:04,270 We the people will suffer the consequences of inaction. 271 00:25:04,270 --> 00:25:06,630 Secure communities is said to be implemented 272 00:25:06,630 --> 00:25:10,100 nationwide by 2013. 273 00:25:10,100 --> 00:25:13,400 Immigrant youth in Arizona and across the nation are being 274 00:25:13,400 --> 00:25:17,190 denied an education, a future. 275 00:25:17,190 --> 00:25:21,520 If this trend continues, soon the 14th Amendment could one 276 00:25:21,520 --> 00:25:25,530 day be changed and state laws will criminalize the very act 277 00:25:25,530 --> 00:25:30,050 of being born. 278 00:25:30,050 --> 00:25:34,860 Arizona is the place to be if the work is justice. 279 00:25:34,860 --> 00:25:35,890 And in the following days-- 280 00:25:35,890 --> 00:25:44,550 [APPLAUSE] 281 00:25:44,550 --> 00:25:46,660 --and in the following days, I welcome you. 282 00:25:46,660 --> 00:25:48,110 And you will be joining the people who 283 00:25:48,110 --> 00:25:49,600 are doing just that. 284 00:25:49,600 --> 00:25:50,960 Once again, my name is Daniel Rodriguez. 285 00:25:50,960 --> 00:25:53,790 And on behalf of the Somos America Coalition and the 286 00:25:53,790 --> 00:25:58,000 Arizona Dream Act Coalition and all the tired, but still 287 00:25:58,000 --> 00:26:01,480 fighting fighters of Arizona, welcome. 288 00:26:01,480 --> 00:26:04,530 And I hope you enjoy your historic General Assembly. 289 00:26:04,530 --> 00:26:06,012 Thank you. 290 00:26:06,012 --> 00:26:18,800 [APPLAUSE] 291 00:26:18,800 --> 00:26:22,670 BEVERLY MCCORMICK: As we begin our justice GA, we honor the 292 00:26:22,670 --> 00:26:27,170 music of people who came before us trying to create a 293 00:26:27,170 --> 00:26:28,900 better world. 294 00:26:28,900 --> 00:26:34,160 This year, we have chosen to start with slow dignity by 295 00:26:34,160 --> 00:26:40,330 singing Once to Ev'ry Soul and Nation, one of the earliest 296 00:26:40,330 --> 00:26:42,720 social gospel hymns. 297 00:26:42,720 --> 00:26:48,268 It was written to protest the war against Mexico. 298 00:26:48,268 --> 00:26:52,630 Then we will sing about a day in which people will no longer 299 00:26:52,630 --> 00:26:54,600 live in fear. 300 00:26:54,600 --> 00:26:59,020 And we remember from the civil rights era how sitting and 301 00:26:59,020 --> 00:27:05,520 refusing to move can be even more powerful than walking. 302 00:27:05,520 --> 00:27:10,150 We honor African American people who, in the time of 303 00:27:10,150 --> 00:27:15,040 slavery, dreamed of a day when we would all be 304 00:27:15,040 --> 00:27:18,160 welcome at the table. 305 00:27:18,160 --> 00:27:22,590 And the people of South Africa called on a higher power to 306 00:27:22,590 --> 00:27:27,850 help them rip down prisons and lift the people. 307 00:27:27,850 --> 00:27:33,980 We now join in a long line of people struggling for freedom 308 00:27:33,980 --> 00:27:42,148 and justice as we begin our banner processional. 309 00:27:42,148 --> 00:44:15,740 [SINGING] 310 00:44:15,740 --> 00:44:18,532 GINI COURTER: I now call to order the 51st General 311 00:44:18,532 --> 00:44:20,972 Assembly of The Unitarian-Universalist 312 00:44:20,972 --> 00:44:21,948 Association. 313 00:44:21,948 --> 00:44:30,660 [APPLAUSE] 314 00:44:30,660 --> 00:44:34,170 Our first business item for tonight's plenary session is 315 00:44:34,170 --> 00:44:37,160 the adoption of the rules of procedure for 316 00:44:37,160 --> 00:44:38,930 this General Assembly. 317 00:44:38,930 --> 00:44:41,580 The proposed rules of procedure can be found on 318 00:44:41,580 --> 00:44:44,900 pages 87 through 89 of the program, which 319 00:44:44,900 --> 00:44:46,630 is the final agenda. 320 00:44:46,630 --> 00:44:49,320 It looks like this. 321 00:44:49,320 --> 00:44:52,210 These rules will govern our consideration of and voting 322 00:44:52,210 --> 00:44:55,090 upon the business items that will come before us during our 323 00:44:55,090 --> 00:44:57,010 plenary sessions. 324 00:44:57,010 --> 00:45:00,290 The rules are largely the same as in previous years, and 325 00:45:00,290 --> 00:45:02,040 there are a couple of-- let me ask. 326 00:45:02,040 --> 00:45:05,280 How many of you have never been here before though? 327 00:45:05,280 --> 00:45:12,300 All right, so all these rules might be new to you. 328 00:45:12,300 --> 00:45:14,190 And there are a couple of rules I want to draw 329 00:45:14,190 --> 00:45:16,050 everyone's attention to. 330 00:45:16,050 --> 00:45:19,350 Please note that rule five provides that no amendments to 331 00:45:19,350 --> 00:45:22,490 a business resolution, bylaw change, or rule change will be 332 00:45:22,490 --> 00:45:25,940 in order unless submitted for consideration at the 333 00:45:25,940 --> 00:45:29,070 mini-assembly for that item. 334 00:45:29,070 --> 00:45:32,590 Also please note that rule two provides that unless the 335 00:45:32,590 --> 00:45:37,770 association's bylaws otherwise require, actions on all our 336 00:45:37,770 --> 00:45:41,475 matters together will be decided by an uncounted show 337 00:45:41,475 --> 00:45:46,400 of voting cards or by an uncounted standing vote, which 338 00:45:46,400 --> 00:45:49,130 is far less likely in my opinion. 339 00:45:49,130 --> 00:45:52,390 A vote will be counted in only two instances. 340 00:45:52,390 --> 00:45:55,760 If there is doubt about the outcome of a vote, I will call 341 00:45:55,760 --> 00:45:57,260 for a count. 342 00:45:57,260 --> 00:46:00,760 But a count will also be taken if so requested by a delegate 343 00:46:00,760 --> 00:46:04,090 and 99 other delegates join their request. 344 00:46:04,090 --> 00:46:07,410 In either instance the count will be made by the tellers 345 00:46:07,410 --> 00:46:10,080 who are present on the floor of the assembly. 346 00:46:10,080 --> 00:46:14,050 They are wearing GA T-shirts and striped vests. 347 00:46:14,050 --> 00:46:15,260 Let's hear it for the tellers. 348 00:46:15,260 --> 00:46:16,333 Where are they? 349 00:46:16,333 --> 00:46:22,990 [APPLAUSE] 350 00:46:22,990 --> 00:46:25,240 They are volunteers just like you and me. 351 00:46:25,240 --> 00:46:28,120 So please treat them with great kindness throughout the 352 00:46:28,120 --> 00:46:30,490 General Assembly. 353 00:46:30,490 --> 00:46:35,000 In addition, rule seven provides that separate 354 00:46:35,000 --> 00:46:39,720 microphones will be designated as Pro and Con for discussion 355 00:46:39,720 --> 00:46:43,820 of proposed bylaw amendments, rules, resolutions or actions. 356 00:46:43,820 --> 00:46:49,080 The Pro microphone is up front over here. 357 00:46:49,080 --> 00:46:54,790 The Con microphone is on the opposite side to aisles over. 358 00:46:54,790 --> 00:46:57,800 We also have a Procedural microphone, which is 359 00:46:57,800 --> 00:47:00,180 immediately in front of me, and an Amendment microphone 360 00:47:00,180 --> 00:47:02,510 over to the side. 361 00:47:02,510 --> 00:47:05,680 Please note that points of personal privilege and points 362 00:47:05,680 --> 00:47:07,730 of information must be made from the Procedural 363 00:47:07,730 --> 00:47:11,390 microphone, not from the Pro or Con mikes or the Amendment 364 00:47:11,390 --> 00:47:13,440 microphone. 365 00:47:13,440 --> 00:47:15,960 By the way, only delegates may speak from any of these 366 00:47:15,960 --> 00:47:19,290 microphones except by express permission of the moderator. 367 00:47:19,290 --> 00:47:21,600 That would be me. 368 00:47:21,600 --> 00:47:24,180 I strongly urge those of you who are attending General 369 00:47:24,180 --> 00:47:27,150 Assembly for the first time to read the rules of procedure. 370 00:47:27,150 --> 00:47:28,850 They're not that long. 371 00:47:28,850 --> 00:47:32,330 Particularly look at rule six on page eight-seven of the 372 00:47:32,330 --> 00:47:35,550 rules so that you understand the time limits in effect. 373 00:47:35,550 --> 00:47:37,430 No person may speak on any motion for 374 00:47:37,430 --> 00:47:38,960 more than two minutes. 375 00:47:38,960 --> 00:47:42,050 Thirty minutes is the time allowed for discussion of any 376 00:47:42,050 --> 00:47:45,860 proposed bylaw amendment rule change, resolution, or action 377 00:47:45,860 --> 00:47:50,980 on a report that is on or admitted to the final agenda. 378 00:47:50,980 --> 00:47:54,010 Also, a reminder that based on a vote taken at a prior 379 00:47:54,010 --> 00:47:56,380 General Assembly there will be no actions of immediate 380 00:47:56,380 --> 00:47:58,820 witness this year. 381 00:47:58,820 --> 00:48:01,640 Before proceeding with our business I need to introduce 382 00:48:01,640 --> 00:48:05,100 you to a couple of gentleman who will be helping us with 383 00:48:05,100 --> 00:48:05,980 our proceedings. 384 00:48:05,980 --> 00:48:07,350 There they are. 385 00:48:07,350 --> 00:48:08,380 I knew they were somewhere. 386 00:48:08,380 --> 00:48:17,640 First, let me introduce Tom Bean, our legal counsel. 387 00:48:17,640 --> 00:48:19,580 Thank you, Tom. 388 00:48:19,580 --> 00:48:23,050 And now, please say hello to a gentleman appearing in a 389 00:48:23,050 --> 00:48:26,720 mystery guest role, Massachusetts superior court 390 00:48:26,720 --> 00:48:29,740 judge and our formal legal counsel, Ned Liebensperger, 391 00:48:29,740 --> 00:48:31,780 who will serve as our parliamentarian. 392 00:48:31,780 --> 00:48:42,007 [APPLAUSE] 393 00:48:42,007 --> 00:48:44,610 How excellent this all is. 394 00:48:44,610 --> 00:48:48,190 So we're going to need a motion from the First Vice 395 00:48:48,190 --> 00:48:51,870 Moderator of the UUA Board of Trustees, who will be coming 396 00:48:51,870 --> 00:48:54,510 up to make a motion with respect to 397 00:48:54,510 --> 00:48:56,270 these rules of procedure. 398 00:48:56,270 --> 00:48:59,220 This is a great time for you to scan them if you have not 399 00:48:59,220 --> 00:49:01,430 done so already. 400 00:49:01,430 --> 00:49:07,520 Your First Vice Moderator, Jackie Shanti. 401 00:49:07,520 --> 00:49:11,070 JACKI SHANTI: Moved that the rules of procedure of this 402 00:49:11,070 --> 00:49:16,730 General Assembly as set forth in full on pages 87 through 89 403 00:49:16,730 --> 00:49:22,840 of the final agenda be adopted. 404 00:49:22,840 --> 00:49:26,040 GINI COURTER: Discussion. 405 00:49:26,040 --> 00:49:26,430 OK. 406 00:49:26,430 --> 00:49:27,770 Find your voting card. 407 00:49:27,770 --> 00:49:29,660 You know what they look like, right? 408 00:49:29,660 --> 00:49:35,110 If you have a sample, hold one up so others can find them. 409 00:49:35,110 --> 00:49:41,170 Now put them down so we're not confused. 410 00:49:41,170 --> 00:49:44,050 There be no discussion of the rules of procedure. 411 00:49:44,050 --> 00:49:46,870 Discussion is now closed and a vote is in order. 412 00:49:46,870 --> 00:49:49,650 All those in favor of adopting the rules of procedure, please 413 00:49:49,650 --> 00:49:55,100 do so by raising your voting cards. 414 00:49:55,100 --> 00:49:56,780 Thank you. 415 00:49:56,780 --> 00:50:00,100 All those opposed. 416 00:50:00,100 --> 00:50:00,590 Thank you. 417 00:50:00,590 --> 00:50:04,710 The motion clearly carries. 418 00:50:04,710 --> 00:50:06,710 Please welcome back-- so we have rules. 419 00:50:06,710 --> 00:50:10,940 Now we can do things. 420 00:50:10,940 --> 00:50:13,120 And the offline vote was pretty good too. 421 00:50:13,120 --> 00:50:15,510 We have offline delegates. 422 00:50:15,510 --> 00:50:17,400 Actually, online off site. 423 00:50:17,400 --> 00:50:19,190 I got that wrong last year too. 424 00:50:19,190 --> 00:50:21,740 We saw some of their banners earlier on the screen. 425 00:50:21,740 --> 00:50:23,920 You might have wondered, who are those banners from? 426 00:50:23,920 --> 00:50:26,230 Folks who are participating who aren't here in 427 00:50:26,230 --> 00:50:26,790 the hall with us. 428 00:50:26,790 --> 00:50:29,020 Why don't you all yell hello to them? 429 00:50:29,020 --> 00:50:31,970 AUDIENCE: Hello. 430 00:50:31,970 --> 00:50:32,540 GINI COURTER: OK. 431 00:50:32,540 --> 00:50:35,910 K Please welcome back the trustee from the Clara Barton 432 00:50:35,910 --> 00:50:38,600 district and First Vice Moderator of your UUA Board of 433 00:50:38,600 --> 00:50:45,520 Trustees, Jackie Shanti. 434 00:50:45,520 --> 00:50:48,110 JACKI SHANTI: Thank you Madame Moderator. 435 00:50:48,110 --> 00:50:52,310 One of the most rewarding experiences each year at GA is 436 00:50:52,310 --> 00:50:57,530 welcoming new congregations into our UUA family. 437 00:50:57,530 --> 00:51:02,490 Starting a new congregation is an extraordinary piece of work 438 00:51:02,490 --> 00:51:05,910 and an astounding active of faith. 439 00:51:05,910 --> 00:51:12,390 It takes vision, courage, leadership, patience, 440 00:51:12,390 --> 00:51:15,590 bureaucratic brilliance, jumping over hurdles and 441 00:51:15,590 --> 00:51:16,880 through hoops. 442 00:51:16,880 --> 00:51:20,970 But most of all, it takes love. 443 00:51:20,970 --> 00:51:24,370 The leaders you will meet in a moment have given all of this 444 00:51:24,370 --> 00:51:28,280 and more to their dream of a Unitarian Universalist 445 00:51:28,280 --> 00:51:32,640 congregation serving their communities. 446 00:51:32,640 --> 00:51:37,230 New congregations come into being because local UUs work 447 00:51:37,230 --> 00:51:41,780 closely with district staff and district presidents. 448 00:51:41,780 --> 00:51:45,620 And so it is my pleasure tonight to ask three district 449 00:51:45,620 --> 00:51:50,210 presidents to introduce to you people of vision and faith in 450 00:51:50,210 --> 00:51:55,720 their districts who have planted and nurtured three new 451 00:51:55,720 --> 00:51:57,720 congregations. 452 00:51:57,720 --> 00:52:00,960 I will ask President Peter Morales and Moderator Gini 453 00:52:00,960 --> 00:52:04,900 Courter to join me in greeting our newest UU member 454 00:52:04,900 --> 00:52:09,140 congregations and ask you to welcome them with hearty 455 00:52:09,140 --> 00:52:13,560 applause as they are introduced. 456 00:52:13,560 --> 00:52:26,380 From the Heartland District, District President Amy Taylor. 457 00:52:26,380 --> 00:52:29,540 AMY TAYLOR: Please welcome Leisa Huyck interim minister 458 00:52:29,540 --> 00:52:33,800 of the UU congregation of Traverse City, Michigan here 459 00:52:33,800 --> 00:52:36,260 on behalf of the UU congregation 460 00:52:36,260 --> 00:52:38,229 of Petoskey, Michigan. 461 00:52:38,229 --> 00:52:54,720 [APPLAUSE] 462 00:52:54,720 --> 00:52:57,810 JACKI SHANTI: From the Pacific Southwest District, District 463 00:52:57,810 --> 00:53:07,000 President Michael Sallwasser lost it 464 00:53:07,000 --> 00:53:10,260 MICHAEL SALLWASSER: Please welcome Vice President 465 00:53:10,260 --> 00:53:12,000 [? Barbara Wellington ?] 466 00:53:12,000 --> 00:53:17,316 of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Cambria. 467 00:53:17,316 --> 00:53:36,660 [APPLAUSE] 468 00:53:36,660 --> 00:53:38,970 JACKI SHANTI: From the St. Lawrence District, please 469 00:53:38,970 --> 00:53:48,520 welcome Connie Goodbread. 470 00:53:48,520 --> 00:53:50,440 CONNIE GOODBREAD: From the St. Lawrence District, please 471 00:53:50,440 --> 00:53:54,760 welcome Karen and Bernie LoBracco, representing the 472 00:53:54,760 --> 00:53:57,830 Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 473 00:53:57,830 --> 00:54:13,830 [APPLUASE] 474 00:54:13,830 --> 00:54:17,110 JACKI SHANTI: Friends, members of this great UU family, let 475 00:54:17,110 --> 00:54:20,280 us once again welcome these three spectacular new 476 00:54:20,280 --> 00:54:24,380 congregations to our association with hopes that 477 00:54:24,380 --> 00:54:28,940 they will be as enriched by their association with us as 478 00:54:28,940 --> 00:54:32,384 we are by their presence among us. 479 00:54:32,384 --> 00:54:56,590 [APPLAUSE] 480 00:54:56,590 --> 00:54:58,960 GINI COURTER: I call on the deans of this year's youth 481 00:54:58,960 --> 00:55:03,650 caucus, Sara Surface and Asha Arora and Co-Moderators of the 482 00:55:03,650 --> 00:55:15,940 Young Adult Caucus, Laura Gilmore and Ellen Zemlin. 483 00:55:15,940 --> 00:55:21,640 SARA SURFACE: Hello everyone. 484 00:55:21,640 --> 00:55:24,260 ASHA ARORA: My name is Asha Arora and I am from the 485 00:55:24,260 --> 00:55:33,250 Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix. 486 00:55:33,250 --> 00:55:35,600 SARA SURFACE: And my name is Sarah Surface, and I am from 487 00:55:35,600 --> 00:55:38,630 the First Unitarian Universalist Church of 488 00:55:38,630 --> 00:55:44,710 Richmond, Virginia. 489 00:55:44,710 --> 00:55:50,700 We are the co-deans of the Youth Caucus at Justice GA. 490 00:55:50,700 --> 00:55:54,650 This here we have around 300 youth registrants. 491 00:55:54,650 --> 00:56:04,630 [APPLAUSE] 492 00:56:04,630 --> 00:56:08,240 We could not be happier to be here standing on the side of 493 00:56:08,240 --> 00:56:11,260 love with you all. 494 00:56:11,260 --> 00:56:14,660 ASHA ARORA: We would like to formally invite everyone of 495 00:56:14,660 --> 00:56:21,120 all ages to share our space in room 222 in the 496 00:56:21,120 --> 00:56:23,250 Youth Caucus room. 497 00:56:23,250 --> 00:56:26,710 Youth Caucus staff will be carrying pink bandannas like 498 00:56:26,710 --> 00:56:29,340 this one around GA. 499 00:56:29,340 --> 00:56:30,740 Don't be shy. 500 00:56:30,740 --> 00:56:33,610 We want to say hello to you. 501 00:56:33,610 --> 00:56:36,290 So stop and get to know us. 502 00:56:36,290 --> 00:56:39,150 SARA SURFACE: When Asha and I came together last year, we 503 00:56:39,150 --> 00:56:42,360 brought vision statements that have guided us through the 504 00:56:42,360 --> 00:56:44,560 process of leading Youth Caucus. 505 00:56:44,560 --> 00:56:48,880 And we would like to share them all with you in the hopes 506 00:56:48,880 --> 00:56:53,620 that they also guide you through your GA experience. 507 00:56:53,620 --> 00:56:58,160 ASHA ARORA: I envision Youth Caucus as being an integral 508 00:56:58,160 --> 00:57:03,160 and interactive part of GA that educates and encourages 509 00:57:03,160 --> 00:57:05,830 acts of justice from youth. 510 00:57:05,830 --> 00:57:09,420 SARA SURFACE: I envision a GA of healing. 511 00:57:09,420 --> 00:57:13,670 I envision a GA where we come together with our partners and 512 00:57:13,670 --> 00:57:17,830 inspire change, not just in their community but in our 513 00:57:17,830 --> 00:57:20,760 communities and in our hearts. 514 00:57:20,760 --> 00:57:23,740 ASHA ARORA: We are very excited to bring these visions 515 00:57:23,740 --> 00:57:28,510 of reality with you this GA in the spirit of justice. 516 00:57:28,510 --> 00:57:30,042 SARA SURFACE: Thank you. 517 00:57:30,042 --> 00:57:41,150 [APPLAUSE] 518 00:57:41,150 --> 00:57:43,880 LAURA GILMORE: Good evening. 519 00:57:43,880 --> 00:57:47,460 My name is Laura Gilmore and I'm from the First Parish in 520 00:57:47,460 --> 00:57:52,660 Cambridge, Massachusetts. 521 00:57:52,660 --> 00:57:54,840 ELLEN ZEMLIN: And I am Ellen Zemlin from Indianapolis, 522 00:57:54,840 --> 00:58:02,430 Indiana and the Church of the Younger Fellowship. 523 00:58:02,430 --> 00:58:04,050 LAURA GILMORE: And we're the Young Adult Caucus 524 00:58:04,050 --> 00:58:05,780 Co-Moderators. 525 00:58:05,780 --> 00:58:09,480 Our other staff members this year are Emrys Staton, our 526 00:58:09,480 --> 00:58:13,640 Justice Liaison, as well as Lane Campbell and Jennifer 527 00:58:13,640 --> 00:58:21,190 Chanin, who are our Young Adult Caucus Chaplains. 528 00:58:21,190 --> 00:58:22,600 ELLEN ZEMLIN: If you're looking for us in Plenary 529 00:58:22,600 --> 00:58:30,240 Hall, the Young Adult Caucus is sitting over there. 530 00:58:30,240 --> 00:58:32,840 This year, you can pick young adults out of the crowd by the 531 00:58:32,840 --> 00:58:34,870 ocean blue ribbons on our name tags. 532 00:58:34,870 --> 00:58:37,970 And Young Adult Caucus staff are also wearing ocean blue 533 00:58:37,970 --> 00:58:40,530 bandanas somewhere on themselves. 534 00:58:40,530 --> 00:58:45,050 We can be found in room 222A. 535 00:58:45,050 --> 00:58:48,010 LAURA GILMORE: This Justice General Assembly, the Young 536 00:58:48,010 --> 00:58:51,710 Adult Caucus is excited to join with the rest of you in 537 00:58:51,710 --> 00:58:55,810 multi-generational and multi-cultural community to 538 00:58:55,810 --> 00:59:00,390 learn, build relationships, and work for change. 539 00:59:00,390 --> 00:59:01,860 ELLEN ZEMLIN: We have some programming that we would like 540 00:59:01,860 --> 00:59:04,250 to bring your attention to this year. 541 00:59:04,250 --> 00:59:07,700 Look for specific details in your program book. 542 00:59:07,700 --> 00:59:10,370 LAURA GILMORE: Join us for a contemporary joint worship 543 00:59:10,370 --> 00:59:16,390 with the youth on Friday evening. 544 00:59:16,390 --> 00:59:19,690 We also invite you to join us at the multi-generational 545 00:59:19,690 --> 00:59:23,070 synergy worship tomorrow night, where we will welcome 546 00:59:23,070 --> 00:59:31,520 our bridging youth into the Young Adult community. 547 00:59:31,520 --> 00:59:33,750 ELLEN ZEMLIN: Learn about young adults in congregational 548 00:59:33,750 --> 00:59:35,350 social justice ministries at our 549 00:59:35,350 --> 00:59:37,570 workshop on Friday afternoon. 550 00:59:37,570 --> 00:59:39,880 Additionally, we will be having a young adult focus 551 00:59:39,880 --> 00:59:43,410 introduction to justice work tomorrow morning. 552 00:59:43,410 --> 00:59:45,690 LAURA GILMORE: And finally, we hope that everyone will make 553 00:59:45,690 --> 00:59:48,040 wonderful connections at this historic 554 00:59:48,040 --> 00:59:51,010 Justice General Assembly. 555 00:59:51,010 --> 01:00:01,920 Have a great GA. 556 01:00:01,920 --> 01:00:04,100 GINI COURTER: I call on the Reverend Michael Tino from the 557 01:00:04,100 --> 01:00:12,480 Unitarian-Universalist Association Board of Trustees. 558 01:00:12,480 --> 01:00:13,470 MICHAEL TINO: Good evening. 559 01:00:13,470 --> 01:00:17,040 I am Michael Tino and I'm honored to serve as minister 560 01:00:17,040 --> 01:00:19,750 of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern 561 01:00:19,750 --> 01:00:24,120 Westchester in Mount Kisco, New York, as the UUA Trustee 562 01:00:24,120 --> 01:00:27,300 from the metro New York District, and as President of 563 01:00:27,300 --> 01:00:30,600 UU Allies for Racial Equity. 564 01:00:30,600 --> 01:00:35,050 In 2010, the General Assembly instructed our Board of 565 01:00:35,050 --> 01:00:41,090 Trustees to create a different sort of GA in 2012. 566 01:00:41,090 --> 01:00:44,600 Specifically, the board was asked to make sure that this 567 01:00:44,600 --> 01:00:48,750 GA was planned in accountable relationship with partner 568 01:00:48,750 --> 01:00:53,790 organizations here in Arizona, who had invited us to Phoenix, 569 01:00:53,790 --> 01:00:58,020 as well as to UUs whose identities marginalize them in 570 01:00:58,020 --> 01:01:00,080 our society. 571 01:01:00,080 --> 01:01:04,880 At the time, we thought we knew what that meant. 572 01:01:04,880 --> 01:01:08,640 We would arrive here ready to witness for human rights. 573 01:01:08,640 --> 01:01:10,960 We would participate in service. 574 01:01:10,960 --> 01:01:13,000 And we would do no more business than 575 01:01:13,000 --> 01:01:16,930 was absolutely necessary. 576 01:01:16,930 --> 01:01:18,380 One of the first lessons of 577 01:01:18,380 --> 01:01:21,680 accountability, however, is humility. 578 01:01:21,680 --> 01:01:25,440 And we were surprised when the first request to come from our 579 01:01:25,440 --> 01:01:28,380 partners was for a piece of business to 580 01:01:28,380 --> 01:01:31,220 be put on our agenda. 581 01:01:31,220 --> 01:01:34,830 Our partners in Tonatierra asked that we take up a 582 01:01:34,830 --> 01:01:39,080 resolution repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery and 583 01:01:39,080 --> 01:01:41,150 asking the United States government-- 584 01:01:41,150 --> 01:01:52,120 [APPLAUSE] 585 01:01:52,120 --> 01:01:56,040 --and asking the United States government to fully implement 586 01:01:56,040 --> 01:01:58,650 the United Nations declaration on the Rights 587 01:01:58,650 --> 01:01:59,980 of indigenous peoples. 588 01:01:59,980 --> 01:02:07,560 [APPLAUSE] 589 01:02:07,560 --> 01:02:10,730 Further, they asked us to provide ways for our 590 01:02:10,730 --> 01:02:14,470 congregations and delegates to educate ourselves about the 591 01:02:14,470 --> 01:02:19,410 doctrine, its history, and its persistence in US law and 592 01:02:19,410 --> 01:02:23,880 practice as the basis for the abuse and marginalization of 593 01:02:23,880 --> 01:02:27,460 the indigenous peoples of this continent. 594 01:02:27,460 --> 01:02:29,990 Given our mandate from the General Assembly to be 595 01:02:29,990 --> 01:02:34,310 accountable, your board set out to study this issue and 596 01:02:34,310 --> 01:02:37,660 agreed to put forward a resolution addressing it in 597 01:02:37,660 --> 01:02:41,950 the only way that it was admissible to the agenda. 598 01:02:41,950 --> 01:02:46,080 What we found in our study was shocking and saddening. 599 01:02:46,080 --> 01:02:50,280 It was clear to us that the Doctrine of Discovery could in 600 01:02:50,280 --> 01:02:54,050 no way be reconciled with Unitarian Universalist 601 01:02:54,050 --> 01:03:03,730 theology and principles. 602 01:03:03,730 --> 01:03:06,530 We hope that you will listen with open minds and 603 01:03:06,530 --> 01:03:09,660 compassionate hearts to the presentations we've brought 604 01:03:09,660 --> 01:03:13,450 for you tonight and throughout this GA. 605 01:03:13,450 --> 01:03:17,080 We hope that you will bring what you learn home using the 606 01:03:17,080 --> 01:03:20,980 resources collected and developed by our UUA staff to 607 01:03:20,980 --> 01:03:23,290 study this issue. 608 01:03:23,290 --> 01:03:26,470 Later this week, you will have the opportunity to vote on the 609 01:03:26,470 --> 01:03:29,320 resolution your board has brought forth. 610 01:03:29,320 --> 01:03:33,700 And between now and then, the opportunity to discuss debate 611 01:03:33,700 --> 01:03:35,310 and amend it. 612 01:03:35,310 --> 01:03:38,850 Thank you for being here and for your participation in this 613 01:03:38,850 --> 01:03:42,100 historic General Assembly. 614 01:03:42,100 --> 01:03:45,790 I now welcome the Reverend Doctor Ken Brown, District 615 01:03:45,790 --> 01:03:57,480 Executive of this, the Pacific Southwest District. 616 01:03:57,480 --> 01:03:57,548 REV. 617 01:03:57,548 --> 01:03:57,616 DR. 618 01:03:57,616 --> 01:03:59,740 KEN BROWN: It is my distinct honor to 619 01:03:59,740 --> 01:04:02,600 introduce Steven T. Newcomb. 620 01:04:02,600 --> 01:04:06,010 Mr. Newcomb is Shawnee-Lenape. 621 01:04:06,010 --> 01:04:10,380 He is the indigenous and Kumeyaay research coordinator 622 01:04:10,380 --> 01:04:14,670 for the Sycuan of Kumeyaay Nation in the traditional 623 01:04:14,670 --> 01:04:19,780 Kumeyaay territory now commonly known as San Diego. 624 01:04:19,780 --> 01:04:22,650 He is co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous 625 01:04:22,650 --> 01:04:26,540 Law Institute, a columnist with the paper, Indian Country 626 01:04:26,540 --> 01:04:28,920 Today media network. 627 01:04:28,920 --> 01:04:32,410 His book, Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding The 628 01:04:32,410 --> 01:04:35,960 Doctrine of Christian Discovery has been a major 629 01:04:35,960 --> 01:04:39,220 resource for these discussions. 630 01:04:39,220 --> 01:04:42,430 Mr. Newcomb has dedicated last 30 years researching the 631 01:04:42,430 --> 01:04:45,360 origins of the United States federal Indian law and 632 01:04:45,360 --> 01:04:48,920 international law and has worked as an advocate for 633 01:04:48,920 --> 01:04:52,160 indigenous nations and peoples. 634 01:04:52,160 --> 01:04:58,730 In 1992, along with Birgil Kills Straight, Oglala Lakota 635 01:04:58,730 --> 01:05:02,120 Nation, founded the Indigenous Law Institute and began a 636 01:05:02,120 --> 01:05:05,930 global campaign to challenge the Doctrine of Christian 637 01:05:05,930 --> 01:05:10,468 Discovery by calling on Pope John Paul II to final revoke 638 01:05:10,468 --> 01:05:17,050 the Terra Papal Bull of May 4, 1493. 639 01:05:17,050 --> 01:05:19,940 That document called for the domination of all barbarous 640 01:05:19,940 --> 01:05:22,380 nations and for the propagation of 641 01:05:22,380 --> 01:05:24,780 the Christian empire. 642 01:05:24,780 --> 01:05:28,580 This year, as a result of the longstanding efforts of the 643 01:05:28,580 --> 01:05:32,345 Indigenous Law Institute, the [INAUDIBLE] 644 01:05:32,345 --> 01:05:35,150 Shawnee, particularly the chief Oren Lyons' Onondaga 645 01:05:35,150 --> 01:05:38,390 Nation, and the American Indian Law Alliance, 646 01:05:38,390 --> 01:05:42,550 particularly Tonya Gonnella Frichner, the Doctrine of 647 01:05:42,550 --> 01:05:45,420 Christian Discovery was the theme of this year's 11th 648 01:05:45,420 --> 01:05:48,440 session of the United Nations permanent forum 649 01:05:48,440 --> 01:05:51,590 on indigenous issues. 650 01:05:51,590 --> 01:05:54,590 After our energetic singing, Steve will 651 01:05:54,590 --> 01:06:09,120 share with us his remarks. 652 01:06:09,120 --> 01:06:12,430 SPEAKER 8: Please rise in body or in spirit and join in 653 01:06:12,430 --> 01:06:16,010 singing with me Unidos en el misterio. 654 01:06:16,010 --> 01:06:18,670 It's the Spanish version of Gathered Here. 655 01:06:18,670 --> 01:06:26,260 Please rise in body or spirit. 656 01:06:26,260 --> 01:07:43,890 [SINGING] 657 01:07:43,890 --> 01:07:52,460 STEVEN NEWCOMB: Good evening. 658 01:07:52,460 --> 01:08:11,340 [SPEAKING LENAPE] 659 01:08:11,340 --> 01:08:16,760 That's just a brief prayer in our Lenape language. 660 01:08:16,760 --> 01:08:22,100 And I'm honored and humbled to stand before you this evening 661 01:08:22,100 --> 01:08:25,130 in the traditional territory of the [INAUDIBLE] 662 01:08:25,130 --> 01:08:28,740 O'otham Nation. 663 01:08:28,740 --> 01:08:34,670 This evening I'll be talking about the resolution regarding 664 01:08:34,670 --> 01:08:37,800 the repudiation of the Doctrine of Christian 665 01:08:37,800 --> 01:08:44,120 Discovery and, what I call, the Doctrine of Discovery And 666 01:08:44,120 --> 01:08:47,109 Domination. 667 01:08:47,109 --> 01:08:50,910 I first want to acknowledge my wife Page. 668 01:08:50,910 --> 01:08:57,500 And to say that her selfless support, her joyous 669 01:08:57,500 --> 01:09:01,859 personality, and her intelligence have been crucial 670 01:09:01,859 --> 01:09:04,310 to my healing and fundamentally 671 01:09:04,310 --> 01:09:06,229 important to my work. 672 01:09:06,229 --> 01:09:09,460 I also want to acknowledge my friend and colleague and 673 01:09:09,460 --> 01:09:14,950 mentor, Birgil Kill Straight from the Oglala Lakota Nation, 674 01:09:14,950 --> 01:09:20,800 who took me under his wing in 1992 when we began a campaign 675 01:09:20,800 --> 01:09:25,180 to call upon Pope John Paul II to formally revoke the 676 01:09:25,180 --> 01:09:29,149 interests of Terra Papal Bull of 1493. 677 01:09:29,149 --> 01:09:34,450 And I'll speak more about that document shortly. 678 01:09:34,450 --> 01:09:42,000 I also want to mention that in 1992 I attended a traditional 679 01:09:42,000 --> 01:09:45,050 circle of elders and youth gathering and presented 680 01:09:45,050 --> 01:09:47,510 information to the elders there about 681 01:09:47,510 --> 01:09:50,290 the Doctrine of Discovery. 682 01:09:50,290 --> 01:09:54,550 And I wanted to commend Chief Oren Lyons, faith keeper of 683 01:09:54,550 --> 01:10:00,750 the Onondaga Nation for having carried forward that message 684 01:10:00,750 --> 01:10:05,360 so earnestly since that time in 1992. 685 01:10:05,360 --> 01:10:09,660 I want to thank you for humanizing me by allowing me 686 01:10:09,660 --> 01:10:17,770 to speak before you in this forum this evening. 687 01:10:17,770 --> 01:10:20,150 One of the things that's critically important to 688 01:10:20,150 --> 01:10:28,430 acknowledge but usually is never understood is that we as 689 01:10:28,430 --> 01:10:35,200 the original peoples of this land, from this continent, we 690 01:10:35,200 --> 01:10:38,660 are the original free and independent nations and 691 01:10:38,660 --> 01:10:41,670 peoples of this turtle Island. 692 01:10:41,670 --> 01:10:44,440 By originally free and independent, I mean free and 693 01:10:44,440 --> 01:10:48,940 independent of domination and dehumanization as brought from 694 01:10:48,940 --> 01:10:56,080 Western Christendom all those centuries ago, I want to give 695 01:10:56,080 --> 01:10:59,770 a brief account of what I mean by that. 696 01:10:59,770 --> 01:11:03,840 This is from a London Times article written by Norman 697 01:11:03,840 --> 01:11:06,640 Lewis in 1969. 698 01:11:06,640 --> 01:11:10,060 "By the descriptions of all who had seen them, there were 699 01:11:10,060 --> 01:11:13,010 no more inoffensive and charming human beings on the 700 01:11:13,010 --> 01:11:16,860 planet then the forest Indians of Brazil. 701 01:11:16,860 --> 01:11:19,690 And brusquely we were told they had been rushed to the 702 01:11:19,690 --> 01:11:21,480 verge of extinction. 703 01:11:21,480 --> 01:11:25,030 The tragedy of the Indian and the USA in the last century 704 01:11:25,030 --> 01:11:27,040 was being repeated. 705 01:11:27,040 --> 01:11:30,750 But it was being compressed into a shorter time. 706 01:11:30,750 --> 01:11:34,040 The official report said pioneer's leagued with corrupt 707 01:11:34,040 --> 01:11:37,620 politicians had continually usurped Indian lands, 708 01:11:37,620 --> 01:11:40,980 destroyed whole tribes in which bacteriological warfare 709 01:11:40,980 --> 01:11:44,480 had been employed by issuing clothing impregnated with a 710 01:11:44,480 --> 01:11:49,650 virus of smallpox and by poisoned food supplies. 711 01:11:49,650 --> 01:11:53,570 Children had been abducted and mass murder gone unpunished. 712 01:11:53,570 --> 01:11:56,760 The government itself was blamed to some extent for the 713 01:11:56,760 --> 01:11:59,820 Indian protective services increasing starvation of 714 01:11:59,820 --> 01:12:02,980 resources over a period of 30 years. 715 01:12:02,980 --> 01:12:06,710 The service had also had to face the disastrous impact of 716 01:12:06,710 --> 01:12:12,400 missionary activity." That's a direct quote. 717 01:12:12,400 --> 01:12:18,600 What these symptoms are really describing are the effects of 718 01:12:18,600 --> 01:12:22,330 domination and dehumanization. 719 01:12:22,330 --> 01:12:26,030 By that, I mean treating human beings as if they are less 720 01:12:26,030 --> 01:12:27,690 than human beings. 721 01:12:27,690 --> 01:12:31,450 Treating them as if they don't deserve compassion or pity or 722 01:12:31,450 --> 01:12:35,290 human dignity. 723 01:12:35,290 --> 01:12:38,420 These patterns of domination are evident in wording from 724 01:12:38,420 --> 01:12:43,000 the Papal Bull of 1493 in Latin. 725 01:12:43,000 --> 01:12:44,080 That wording reads-- 726 01:12:44,080 --> 01:12:55,770 [SPEAKING LATIN]. 727 01:12:55,770 --> 01:12:58,470 Those words mean, "Not under the domination of any 728 01:12:58,470 --> 01:13:03,710 Christian dominator." So meaning the voyagers from 729 01:13:03,710 --> 01:13:07,520 Christendom sail forth to non-Christian lands, to lands 730 01:13:07,520 --> 01:13:08,610 where people's-- 731 01:13:08,610 --> 01:13:12,000 our original Nations and peoples-- were not baptized, 732 01:13:12,000 --> 01:13:15,400 they believed that they had the right to claim a right of 733 01:13:15,400 --> 01:13:18,680 dominion or domination over those lands. 734 01:13:18,680 --> 01:13:21,450 There's an additional sentence in that document that reads, 735 01:13:21,450 --> 01:13:22,970 we trust in him-- 736 01:13:22,970 --> 01:13:24,890 with a capital H on Him-- 737 01:13:24,890 --> 01:13:28,260 from whom empires and dominations and all good 738 01:13:28,260 --> 01:13:32,700 things proceed. 739 01:13:32,700 --> 01:13:39,730 When they asked the Buddha are you a god, he said I'm awake. 740 01:13:39,730 --> 01:13:42,490 One of the things we need to do in this English language is 741 01:13:42,490 --> 01:13:45,990 to awaken to the hidden meanings and to the deeper 742 01:13:45,990 --> 01:13:48,080 understandings that are buried within it that 743 01:13:48,080 --> 01:13:49,750 we don't even notice. 744 01:13:49,750 --> 01:13:52,620 Take as an example, the word mortgage. 745 01:13:52,620 --> 01:13:56,140 It's a combination of the Latin word marked for death 746 01:13:56,140 --> 01:14:01,990 and gage for grip. 747 01:14:01,990 --> 01:14:05,530 If we said, I have to pay my death grip this month but I 748 01:14:05,530 --> 01:14:08,540 don't know where I'm going to come up with the money, we'd 749 01:14:08,540 --> 01:14:10,490 have a different understanding of what's 750 01:14:10,490 --> 01:14:15,410 contained in that word. 751 01:14:15,410 --> 01:14:16,390 We can all laugh. 752 01:14:16,390 --> 01:14:19,640 But there's a deeper truth within that. 753 01:14:19,640 --> 01:14:23,260 The idea Christians had the right to take over the 754 01:14:23,260 --> 01:14:27,880 continent and dominate our unbaptized ancestors gave rise 755 01:14:27,880 --> 01:14:31,190 to the notion of manifest destiny. 756 01:14:31,190 --> 01:14:35,000 The American empire's expansion was a manifestation 757 01:14:35,000 --> 01:14:39,720 of the religious claim that Christian people were assigned 758 01:14:39,720 --> 01:14:43,760 the task by their deity to forcibly take all the lands of 759 01:14:43,760 --> 01:14:47,620 this continent as a providential empire. 760 01:14:47,620 --> 01:14:50,370 In the context of this powerful and religiously 761 01:14:50,370 --> 01:14:53,620 premised myth, the United States is portrayed as an 762 01:14:53,620 --> 01:14:55,420 empire of liberty. 763 01:14:55,420 --> 01:14:59,410 And the American people are portrayed as following the 764 01:14:59,410 --> 01:15:02,940 model of the chosen people in the promised land. 765 01:15:02,940 --> 01:15:06,500 This narrative was lifted from the Old Testament context and 766 01:15:06,500 --> 01:15:11,390 transplanted centuries ago to this continent and hemisphere. 767 01:15:11,390 --> 01:15:15,350 It has become the backdrop of the US Supreme Court ruling 768 01:15:15,350 --> 01:15:18,940 that I will mention further in a moment. 769 01:15:18,940 --> 01:15:21,870 The Old Testament narrative of domination resulted in a 770 01:15:21,870 --> 01:15:25,610 national credo that serves as a backdrop to the history of 771 01:15:25,610 --> 01:15:26,800 the United States. 772 01:15:26,800 --> 01:15:31,480 By any means necessary go forth and discover the lands 773 01:15:31,480 --> 01:15:34,860 of unbaptized peoples wherever they may exist. 774 01:15:34,860 --> 01:15:37,620 And take all that belongs to those non-Christian Nations 775 01:15:37,620 --> 01:15:41,000 and peoples by asserting a dominating and judgmental 776 01:15:41,000 --> 01:15:44,880 authority over them because I, the lord your God, have 777 01:15:44,880 --> 01:15:48,840 promised you all their lands, territories, and resources. 778 01:15:48,840 --> 01:15:53,010 In Psalms 2 verse 8, for example, the deity of the Old 779 01:15:53,010 --> 01:15:59,780 Testament is said to state to King David, "ask of me, and I 780 01:15:59,780 --> 01:16:03,980 shall give you the heathen for your inheritance and the 781 01:16:03,980 --> 01:16:08,300 uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." The 782 01:16:08,300 --> 01:16:11,110 belief that the Old Testament deity had given his chosen 783 01:16:11,110 --> 01:16:15,950 people all the parts of the earth was behind the so-called 784 01:16:15,950 --> 01:16:20,260 claim of Christendom traveling forth to look for 785 01:16:20,260 --> 01:16:24,060 non-Christian lands and engage in domination and 786 01:16:24,060 --> 01:16:25,310 subordination. 787 01:16:25,310 --> 01:16:29,190 The Latin terms for that are reducere, meaning to reduce, 788 01:16:29,190 --> 01:16:33,190 and [SPEAKING LATIN], meaning to press down, to weigh down, 789 01:16:33,190 --> 01:16:37,190 to hold down, and so forth. 790 01:16:37,190 --> 01:16:42,250 When Christian vessels arrived to our shores, they planted 791 01:16:42,250 --> 01:16:45,300 standards, a royal standard, in the soil. 792 01:16:45,300 --> 01:16:48,000 And that word standard is a double meaning. 793 01:16:48,000 --> 01:16:49,980 It's double entendre. 794 01:16:49,980 --> 01:16:54,530 It means the flag, but it also means the standard of judgment 795 01:16:54,530 --> 01:16:59,330 against our Nations and peoples. 796 01:16:59,330 --> 01:17:03,330 In 1823 the US Supreme Court used that backdrop of 797 01:17:03,330 --> 01:17:06,270 Christian discovery and domination to say that the 798 01:17:06,270 --> 01:17:08,240 first, "Christian people"-- 799 01:17:08,240 --> 01:17:09,890 that's a direct quote with italics 800 01:17:09,890 --> 01:17:11,370 on "Christian people"-- 801 01:17:11,370 --> 01:17:16,870 to discover lands inhabited by natives who are heathens, had 802 01:17:16,870 --> 01:17:20,340 the right or did assert the ultimate dominion to be in 803 01:17:20,340 --> 01:17:21,650 themselves. 804 01:17:21,650 --> 01:17:24,740 And exercised, as a consequence of that ultimate 805 01:17:24,740 --> 01:17:28,680 dominion, the power to grant the soil while yet in 806 01:17:28,680 --> 01:17:31,980 possession of the natives. 807 01:17:31,980 --> 01:17:37,110 That exercise is still being exerted to this day. 808 01:17:37,110 --> 01:17:40,050 "However extravagant the pretension," said John 809 01:17:40,050 --> 01:17:44,220 Marshall in that decision, "of converting the discovery of an 810 01:17:44,220 --> 01:17:47,940 inhabited country into conquest may appear, if the 811 01:17:47,940 --> 01:17:51,480 principal has been asserted in the first instance and 812 01:17:51,480 --> 01:17:55,030 afterwards sustained, if a country has been acquired and 813 01:17:55,030 --> 01:17:58,490 held under it, if the property of the great mass of the 814 01:17:58,490 --> 01:18:02,450 community originates in it, it becomes the law of the land 815 01:18:02,450 --> 01:18:05,670 and cannot be questioned." But it can certainly be questioned 816 01:18:05,670 --> 01:18:10,110 by us as the original Nations and peoples of this continent 817 01:18:10,110 --> 01:18:11,290 and this hemisphere. 818 01:18:11,290 --> 01:18:19,270 [APPLAUSE] 819 01:18:19,270 --> 01:18:23,390 He went on to say that if it be indispensable to that 820 01:18:23,390 --> 01:18:26,860 system under which the country has been settled, it may 821 01:18:26,860 --> 01:18:30,510 perhaps be supported by reason and certainly cannot be 822 01:18:30,510 --> 01:18:33,450 rejected by courts of justice. 823 01:18:33,450 --> 01:18:36,590 In other words, according to the court, a manifest 824 01:18:36,590 --> 01:18:41,260 injustice cannot be rejected by courts of justice. 825 01:18:41,260 --> 01:18:46,520 In 1975 the late Vine Deloria, Jr used the expression, 826 01:18:46,520 --> 01:18:49,790 because Indians were not Christians, to explain the 827 01:18:49,790 --> 01:18:57,960 main rationale behind US Federal Indian law and policy. 828 01:18:57,960 --> 01:19:01,700 One of the things that Joseph Story said, who was also on 829 01:19:01,700 --> 01:19:04,710 the Supreme Court at the time that the Johnson decision was 830 01:19:04,710 --> 01:19:10,750 handed down, he said of the Indian people, as infidels, 831 01:19:10,750 --> 01:19:14,660 heathens, and savages they were not allowed to possess 832 01:19:14,660 --> 01:19:17,850 the prerogatives belonging to absolute sovereign and 833 01:19:17,850 --> 01:19:20,510 independent Nations. 834 01:19:20,510 --> 01:19:25,080 And so there's that same idea, because they were not 835 01:19:25,080 --> 01:19:27,210 Christians. 836 01:19:27,210 --> 01:19:30,190 It is a little known fact that domination is actually an 837 01:19:30,190 --> 01:19:31,970 American value. 838 01:19:31,970 --> 01:19:35,890 We might call it the first covert American value heard in 839 01:19:35,890 --> 01:19:38,910 the refrain, we're number one. 840 01:19:38,910 --> 01:19:41,610 It is the desire to always be on top in 841 01:19:41,610 --> 01:19:43,580 the dog-eat-dog world. 842 01:19:43,580 --> 01:19:47,160 To dominate the other team in sports, for example. 843 01:19:47,160 --> 01:19:51,500 Or is it is now being expressed in the US military's 844 01:19:51,500 --> 01:19:55,710 program, "a full spectrum dominance 2020," which is the 845 01:19:55,710 --> 01:20:00,580 target date for achieving global supremacy in a military 846 01:20:00,580 --> 01:20:03,400 sense over the entire world. 847 01:20:03,400 --> 01:20:06,220 And we also have, as an example, the National Defense 848 01:20:06,220 --> 01:20:13,430 Authorization Act of 2012 signed into law by President 849 01:20:13,430 --> 01:20:18,320 Barack Obama on December 31, 2011. 850 01:20:18,320 --> 01:20:21,460 It authorized the US government to detain US 851 01:20:21,460 --> 01:20:26,680 citizens and lawful residents indefinitely until the end of 852 01:20:26,680 --> 01:20:30,670 hostilities in a time of endless war. 853 01:20:30,670 --> 01:20:33,740 What I'm attempting to bring to your attention this evening 854 01:20:33,740 --> 01:20:35,870 is that the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and 855 01:20:35,870 --> 01:20:41,620 Domination is not something relegated to the past. 856 01:20:41,620 --> 01:20:45,770 It's actually very much present, these patterns of 857 01:20:45,770 --> 01:20:47,620 domination. 858 01:20:47,620 --> 01:20:50,600 And they endanger us all. 859 01:20:50,600 --> 01:20:55,320 Now, according to Defense Department documents than just 860 01:20:55,320 --> 01:20:59,300 recently come to light, in the next 10 years there is a plan 861 01:20:59,300 --> 01:21:04,900 to have 30,000 drones flying above the 862 01:21:04,900 --> 01:21:07,500 skies of United States. 863 01:21:07,500 --> 01:21:12,010 Does that suggest a society that is more free or one that 864 01:21:12,010 --> 01:21:16,910 is more and more under the domination of 865 01:21:16,910 --> 01:21:21,430 governmental officials? 866 01:21:21,430 --> 01:21:25,960 Despite all this evidence of domination and dehumanization 867 01:21:25,960 --> 01:21:30,300 it is strange isn't it, that we hardly ever hear of these 868 01:21:30,300 --> 01:21:35,580 two words being used as something that afflicts the 869 01:21:35,580 --> 01:21:37,410 human race? 870 01:21:37,410 --> 01:21:41,270 Because what I have noticed in all of my decades of research 871 01:21:41,270 --> 01:21:44,830 are these very same ideas. 872 01:21:44,830 --> 01:21:48,400 That's what I keep seeing over and over again. 873 01:21:48,400 --> 01:21:52,170 But we cannot simply talk about what we're against. 874 01:21:52,170 --> 01:21:57,240 We also have to speak very plainly and clearly about what 875 01:21:57,240 --> 01:22:04,450 we're in favor of. 876 01:22:04,450 --> 01:22:06,970 What is the opposite of domination? 877 01:22:06,970 --> 01:22:09,160 It is spirit. 878 01:22:09,160 --> 01:22:12,330 It is to be found, for example, in the seven laws of 879 01:22:12,330 --> 01:22:15,830 the Oglala Lakota Nation, the seven laws of the Anishinaabe 880 01:22:15,830 --> 01:22:20,730 Nation, just to provide two examples. 881 01:22:20,730 --> 01:22:25,700 The laws of the Oglala Lakota people are stated as follows: 882 01:22:25,700 --> 01:22:31,340 "honor and respect, compassion and pity, sharing and caring, 883 01:22:31,340 --> 01:22:34,610 to carry the welfare of the people in your heart, patience 884 01:22:34,610 --> 01:22:38,410 and fortitude, bravery and courage, humbleness and 885 01:22:38,410 --> 01:22:43,030 humility, seeking wisdom and seeking understanding." 886 01:22:43,030 --> 01:22:46,620 And from the teachings of the Anishinaabe people we also 887 01:22:46,620 --> 01:22:51,150 learn to uphold the value of kindness and love. 888 01:22:51,150 --> 01:22:56,140 For a traditional Anishinaabe man the highest form of 889 01:22:56,140 --> 01:22:58,450 behavior is to be kind. 890 01:22:58,450 --> 01:23:02,460 Think of how different society would be if we evaluated 891 01:23:02,460 --> 01:23:08,660 ourselves and the leadership in terms of how compassionate 892 01:23:08,660 --> 01:23:13,460 we are or how compassionate and kind they are. 893 01:23:13,460 --> 01:23:17,840 When we take all those laws together holistically, we come 894 01:23:17,840 --> 01:23:19,690 up with a paradigm of a completely 895 01:23:19,690 --> 01:23:20,740 different way of life. 896 01:23:20,740 --> 01:23:27,230 When those Europeans came here so many centuries ago, they 897 01:23:27,230 --> 01:23:29,880 didn't discover anything really. 898 01:23:29,880 --> 01:23:33,980 But they didn't discover a new world for sure. 899 01:23:33,980 --> 01:23:38,080 They discovered an old world, thousands and thousands of 900 01:23:38,080 --> 01:23:41,320 years of existence, accumulated knowledge and 901 01:23:41,320 --> 01:23:45,580 wisdom and understanding of how to interact properly with 902 01:23:45,580 --> 01:23:47,550 all of the forms of life. 903 01:23:47,550 --> 01:23:50,270 John Collier was Commissioner of Indian Affairs 904 01:23:50,270 --> 01:23:53,250 from 1933 to 1945. 905 01:23:53,250 --> 01:23:58,530 As a result of his experiences with Indian leadership, 906 01:23:58,530 --> 01:24:01,740 spiritual leaders in particular, particularly the 907 01:24:01,740 --> 01:24:06,220 Taos Pueblo people, in his book Indians of The Americas 908 01:24:06,220 --> 01:24:09,780 he wrote, "they had what the world has lost. 909 01:24:09,780 --> 01:24:11,440 They have it now. 910 01:24:11,440 --> 01:24:13,670 What the world has lost the world must have 911 01:24:13,670 --> 01:24:15,790 again lest it die. 912 01:24:15,790 --> 01:24:20,310 Not many years are left to have or have not, to recapture 913 01:24:20,310 --> 01:24:25,220 the lost ingredient." He wrote this in 1945 by the way. 914 01:24:25,220 --> 01:24:27,800 This is not merely a passing reference-- 915 01:24:27,800 --> 01:24:29,610 excuse me, 1949. 916 01:24:29,610 --> 01:24:32,490 This is not merely a passing reference to World War III or 917 01:24:32,490 --> 01:24:35,960 the atom bomb, although the reference include these ways 918 01:24:35,960 --> 01:24:37,390 of death to. 919 01:24:37,390 --> 01:24:39,290 Think of Fukushima. 920 01:24:39,290 --> 01:24:41,680 These deaths will mean the end if they come-- 921 01:24:41,680 --> 01:24:44,120 racial death, self-inflicted-- 922 01:24:44,120 --> 01:24:48,150 because we have lost the way and the power to live is dead. 923 01:24:48,150 --> 01:24:51,030 What in our human world is this power? 924 01:24:51,030 --> 01:24:54,260 It is the ancient lost reverence and passion for 925 01:24:54,260 --> 01:24:58,690 human personality joined with the ancient lost reverence and 926 01:24:58,690 --> 01:25:01,880 passion for the earth and its web of life. 927 01:25:01,880 --> 01:25:05,630 They had and have this power for living, which our modern 928 01:25:05,630 --> 01:25:07,170 world has lost. 929 01:25:07,170 --> 01:25:11,080 If our modern world should be able to recapture this power, 930 01:25:11,080 --> 01:25:14,670 the earth's natural resources and web of life would not be 931 01:25:14,670 --> 01:25:18,460 irrevocably wasted within the 20th century, which is the 932 01:25:18,460 --> 01:25:20,300 prospect now. 933 01:25:20,300 --> 01:25:23,860 True democracy founded in neighborhoods and reaching 934 01:25:23,860 --> 01:25:26,510 over the world would then become the realized heaven on 935 01:25:26,510 --> 01:25:29,140 earth, and living peace-- 936 01:25:29,140 --> 01:25:31,780 not just an interlude between wars-- 937 01:25:31,780 --> 01:25:37,130 would be born and would last through the ages. 938 01:25:37,130 --> 01:25:41,670 There's a recent event that I attended with the Anishinaabe 939 01:25:41,670 --> 01:25:43,390 spiritual leaders, particularly 940 01:25:43,390 --> 01:25:45,420 [? Dave Krushain. ?] 941 01:25:45,420 --> 01:25:49,110 It was called a gathering of indigenous wisdom keepers. 942 01:25:49,110 --> 01:25:54,830 And out of that event came a declaration of spirit. 943 01:25:54,830 --> 01:25:58,230 And I'll just read a few lines from this. 944 01:25:58,230 --> 01:26:01,270 "We are the original free and independent peoples of Turtle 945 01:26:01,270 --> 01:26:05,200 Island extending back to the beginning of time and spirit. 946 01:26:05,200 --> 01:26:08,400 In keeping with our original instructions given to us by 947 01:26:08,400 --> 01:26:12,030 the creator, we have a sacred responsibility to our 948 01:26:12,030 --> 01:26:15,640 ancestors and our future generations. 949 01:26:15,640 --> 01:26:19,150 We also have a ceremonial responsibility to the waters 950 01:26:19,150 --> 01:26:22,480 and to our traditional lands and territories for the sake 951 01:26:22,480 --> 01:26:25,400 of Mother Earth and all living things. 952 01:26:25,400 --> 01:26:27,830 Everything has a spirit. 953 01:26:27,830 --> 01:26:29,980 Spirit is the life force of every human 954 01:26:29,980 --> 01:26:32,210 being and lasts forever. 955 01:26:32,210 --> 01:26:36,140 When we rise in the morning, we acknowledge the sun as a 956 01:26:36,140 --> 01:26:38,480 way of honoring and celebrating the 957 01:26:38,480 --> 01:26:41,010 spirit of life itself. 958 01:26:41,010 --> 01:26:44,080 Our spirituality is our life. 959 01:26:44,080 --> 01:26:47,030 Our traditions contain the knowledge and wisdom 960 01:26:47,030 --> 01:26:49,420 accumulated by our ancestors and 961 01:26:49,420 --> 01:26:51,870 contained in our languages. 962 01:26:51,870 --> 01:26:54,710 It is one of our teachings that the beauty of nature is 963 01:26:54,710 --> 01:26:58,100 the face of the creator and results in our deep and 964 01:26:58,100 --> 01:27:00,950 abiding love for the land and water. 965 01:27:00,950 --> 01:27:02,590 Water is life. 966 01:27:02,590 --> 01:27:06,120 As humans we are born through the water of our mother. 967 01:27:06,120 --> 01:27:08,520 And the women are responsible for the 968 01:27:08,520 --> 01:27:10,600 waters of Mother Earth. 969 01:27:10,600 --> 01:27:13,900 And acknowledgement of the sacred feminine is critical to 970 01:27:13,900 --> 01:27:17,400 the transformation needed at this time. 971 01:27:17,400 --> 01:27:21,420 It is one means of ending the epidemic of violence by men 972 01:27:21,420 --> 01:27:25,830 against women and the neglect and abuse of children, which 973 01:27:25,830 --> 01:27:29,210 is destructive to our families, our communities, our 974 01:27:29,210 --> 01:27:33,290 nations, and detrimental to our future generations. 975 01:27:33,290 --> 01:27:36,540 These symptoms are a result of a human spiritual 976 01:27:36,540 --> 01:27:39,930 disconnection from the land and from the healing comfort 977 01:27:39,930 --> 01:27:42,440 and beauty of Mother Earth. 978 01:27:42,440 --> 01:27:46,000 Now is the time to come to the understanding that we cannot 979 01:27:46,000 --> 01:27:49,160 respect the future without respecting what makes the 980 01:27:49,160 --> 01:27:53,670 future and what makes the future possible, specifically 981 01:27:53,670 --> 01:27:56,200 our women and children. 982 01:27:56,200 --> 01:27:56,800 Our-- 983 01:27:56,800 --> 01:28:05,410 [APPLAUSE] 984 01:28:05,410 --> 01:28:08,270 Our healing wisdom and traditions continue to live 985 01:28:08,270 --> 01:28:14,070 on, carried and taught by our elders who are precious to us. 986 01:28:14,070 --> 01:28:17,250 Without the kindness and compassion of our elders, we 987 01:28:17,250 --> 01:28:20,750 would not be able to carry on our spiritual way of life and 988 01:28:20,750 --> 01:28:26,240 our ceremonies to which body, mind, spirit, and heart are 989 01:28:26,240 --> 01:28:31,380 more fully connected to our ceremonies and songs, sacred 990 01:28:31,380 --> 01:28:35,720 fires, our prayers and prayer bundles, and original 991 01:28:35,720 --> 01:28:38,810 instructions of our sacred laws. 992 01:28:38,810 --> 01:28:41,880 We are continually reminded that all life is 993 01:28:41,880 --> 01:28:46,010 interconnected and that all the colors of the human family 994 01:28:46,010 --> 01:28:51,660 and all forms of life are relations or relatives." A 995 01:28:51,660 --> 01:28:55,520 young Anishinaabe teenager put it very succinctly and 996 01:28:55,520 --> 01:29:07,960 brilliantly: "we are all the same differently." 997 01:29:07,960 --> 01:29:15,660 One of the things that always strikes me is how so much of 998 01:29:15,660 --> 01:29:18,850 our languages and cultures and traditions have been destroyed 999 01:29:18,850 --> 01:29:23,660 by the destructive policies of the United States government 1000 01:29:23,660 --> 01:29:27,580 in an effort to make us into Christians and Americans. 1001 01:29:27,580 --> 01:29:30,600 My own grandfather and great grandfather went through 1002 01:29:30,600 --> 01:29:33,900 Haskell Boarding School. 1003 01:29:33,900 --> 01:29:38,970 And our language among our people, the last of our elders 1004 01:29:38,970 --> 01:29:41,590 and our Lenape people in our particular community in 1005 01:29:41,590 --> 01:29:46,130 Bartlesville has passed away. 1006 01:29:46,130 --> 01:29:48,100 So now we have no more elders that were 1007 01:29:48,100 --> 01:29:49,370 born into our language. 1008 01:29:49,370 --> 01:29:53,200 That's called linguicide, the intentional killing of 1009 01:29:53,200 --> 01:29:54,900 indigenous languages. 1010 01:29:54,900 --> 01:29:57,930 Some people say, we lost our language. 1011 01:29:57,930 --> 01:30:00,120 But I said, that's not correct. 1012 01:30:00,120 --> 01:30:03,960 There's a book that just came out about the history of 1013 01:30:03,960 --> 01:30:05,980 California. 1014 01:30:05,980 --> 01:30:08,850 And it's called Murder State. 1015 01:30:08,850 --> 01:30:14,150 And it documents, according to the UN convention on genocide, 1016 01:30:14,150 --> 01:30:16,120 that the history of California really 1017 01:30:16,120 --> 01:30:19,680 was a genocidal history. 1018 01:30:19,680 --> 01:30:26,950 And it was implicitly just allowed to happen by those who 1019 01:30:26,950 --> 01:30:30,280 didn't participate directly but are the beneficiaries or 1020 01:30:30,280 --> 01:30:31,280 were the beneficiaries. 1021 01:30:31,280 --> 01:30:35,420 And the generation today is the beneficiary of that. 1022 01:30:35,420 --> 01:30:38,760 But then there were those who were complicit, who actually 1023 01:30:38,760 --> 01:30:41,840 engaged in those atrocious acts. 1024 01:30:41,840 --> 01:30:44,230 What are we to do with that history? 1025 01:30:44,230 --> 01:30:46,440 Are we to acknowledge it? 1026 01:30:46,440 --> 01:30:48,625 Or are we to shy away from it and pretend 1027 01:30:48,625 --> 01:30:50,630 that it never happened? 1028 01:30:50,630 --> 01:30:55,140 The thing is that there's actually so much history that 1029 01:30:55,140 --> 01:30:58,970 could be recounted here. 1030 01:30:58,970 --> 01:31:01,500 There's something that was called the Indian System 1031 01:31:01,500 --> 01:31:04,290 written about in an amazing book called Lincoln and the 1032 01:31:04,290 --> 01:31:10,430 Indians by David A. Nichols published in 1978. 1033 01:31:10,430 --> 01:31:13,630 It had to do with what resulted in the hanging of the 1034 01:31:13,630 --> 01:31:20,890 38 Dakota Indians in Minnesota at the end of the war of 1862. 1035 01:31:20,890 --> 01:31:24,810 And Mr. Nichols creates the context to understand how that 1036 01:31:24,810 --> 01:31:26,210 war happen. 1037 01:31:26,210 --> 01:31:29,510 When you take this particular paragraph that I'm about to 1038 01:31:29,510 --> 01:31:33,850 read to you and you extend that throughout the whole 1039 01:31:33,850 --> 01:31:36,010 United States, you get a picture. 1040 01:31:36,010 --> 01:31:37,720 And then you could extend it throughout the whole 1041 01:31:37,720 --> 01:31:38,790 hemisphere. 1042 01:31:38,790 --> 01:31:41,580 You get an understanding of the domination and 1043 01:31:41,580 --> 01:31:45,650 dehumanization that's contained in the Doctrine of 1044 01:31:45,650 --> 01:31:52,260 Discovery because this Indian System I'm about to read about 1045 01:31:52,260 --> 01:31:54,530 is a direct outgrowth of that 1046 01:31:54,530 --> 01:31:57,530 so-called Doctrine of Discovery. 1047 01:31:57,530 --> 01:32:00,020 "The Indian system revolved around the efforts of 1048 01:32:00,020 --> 01:32:02,690 rapacious white men to commandeer these treaty 1049 01:32:02,690 --> 01:32:04,050 annuity monies. 1050 01:32:04,050 --> 01:32:07,370 Again and again tribes were moved to barren country where 1051 01:32:07,370 --> 01:32:10,310 they could not sustain themselves either by hunting 1052 01:32:10,310 --> 01:32:11,530 or farming. 1053 01:32:11,530 --> 01:32:14,870 That opened the monetary floodgates, creating a demand 1054 01:32:14,870 --> 01:32:18,610 for contractors and traders to provide provisions with 1055 01:32:18,610 --> 01:32:21,610 payment overseen by the Indian agent. 1056 01:32:21,610 --> 01:32:25,540 The system featured every conceivable kind of financial 1057 01:32:25,540 --> 01:32:31,220 corruption, kickbacks, inflated prices, false claims, 1058 01:32:31,220 --> 01:32:33,370 and payments for goods and services 1059 01:32:33,370 --> 01:32:36,090 never actually delivered. 1060 01:32:36,090 --> 01:32:39,260 Most of this money never trickled down to the natives. 1061 01:32:39,260 --> 01:32:42,970 Starving Indians became commonplace in the West. 1062 01:32:42,970 --> 01:32:46,550 Such starvation was precisely what touched off the Indian 1063 01:32:46,550 --> 01:32:50,860 War in Minnesota in 1862. 1064 01:32:50,860 --> 01:32:54,850 As one example, the Winnebagos were removed from Minnesota 1065 01:32:54,850 --> 01:32:58,240 even though they had nothing to do with that war. 1066 01:32:58,240 --> 01:33:01,120 There were 1,300 Indians-- 1067 01:33:01,120 --> 01:33:03,510 meaning the Winnebagos-- 1068 01:33:03,510 --> 01:33:08,500 only 116 of whom were males 15 years of age or older. 1069 01:33:08,500 --> 01:33:14,140 Camped around the Winnebagos were 600 white people. 1070 01:33:14,140 --> 01:33:16,350 And what were they doing there? 1071 01:33:16,350 --> 01:33:19,630 They all lived in one way or another from the government 1072 01:33:19,630 --> 01:33:23,010 appointments was the answer." 1073 01:33:23,010 --> 01:33:28,930 I could have ended my talk this evening by using the 1074 01:33:28,930 --> 01:33:33,200 words of the wisdom keepers, the Anishinaabe people. 1075 01:33:33,200 --> 01:33:35,970 And that would have been good to do. 1076 01:33:35,970 --> 01:33:38,380 But for some reason I kept going a little bit 1077 01:33:38,380 --> 01:33:40,280 further than that. 1078 01:33:40,280 --> 01:33:43,530 I wanted you to have an understanding that there's so 1079 01:33:43,530 --> 01:33:45,570 much to be learned from indigenous 1080 01:33:45,570 --> 01:33:47,430 knowledge and wisdom. 1081 01:33:47,430 --> 01:33:50,290 And that one of the things that has happened is through 1082 01:33:50,290 --> 01:33:55,930 the domination dehumanization process is that the 1083 01:33:55,930 --> 01:33:59,300 non-indigenous peoples have deprived themselves from so 1084 01:33:59,300 --> 01:34:02,380 many of the things that could be learned. 1085 01:34:02,380 --> 01:34:08,190 In the wonderful book 1491 by Charles C. Mann-- 1086 01:34:08,190 --> 01:34:09,600 he also wrote another book called 1087 01:34:09,600 --> 01:34:12,350 1493, recently published. 1088 01:34:12,350 --> 01:34:17,320 But in 1491 he explains that the Amazon-- 1089 01:34:17,320 --> 01:34:20,730 which are Amazon forest, which is considered to be the lungs 1090 01:34:20,730 --> 01:34:21,910 of the earth-- 1091 01:34:21,910 --> 01:34:24,440 were actually intentionally planted by 1092 01:34:24,440 --> 01:34:25,700 the indigenous peoples. 1093 01:34:25,700 --> 01:34:30,180 There's strong scientific evidence to demonstrate that. 1094 01:34:30,180 --> 01:34:32,260 Think about that for a moment. 1095 01:34:32,260 --> 01:34:35,060 When they did cross cutting of the soil all the way down to 1096 01:34:35,060 --> 01:34:37,800 the bottom, there was charcoal and pottery 1097 01:34:37,800 --> 01:34:39,970 shards all the way up. 1098 01:34:39,970 --> 01:34:44,390 And this tells you about the incredible responsibility that 1099 01:34:44,390 --> 01:34:49,490 those people's understood in their relationship their 1100 01:34:49,490 --> 01:34:52,030 sacred relationship to the earth. 1101 01:34:52,030 --> 01:34:55,430 Think of how wonderfully we could make life on this 1102 01:34:55,430 --> 01:34:59,400 planet, if that was our understanding. 1103 01:34:59,400 --> 01:35:02,910 Not just in terms of our rights, but what are our 1104 01:35:02,910 --> 01:35:09,480 sacred responsibilities to the earth? 1105 01:35:09,480 --> 01:35:18,170 So I invite you to walk with us on the sacred path of life 1106 01:35:18,170 --> 01:35:22,620 in keeping with the first indigenous law, respect the 1107 01:35:22,620 --> 01:35:26,360 earth as our mother and have a sacred regard 1108 01:35:26,360 --> 01:35:27,690 for all living things. 1109 01:35:27,690 --> 01:35:28,510 Wanishi. 1110 01:35:28,510 --> 01:35:29,478 Thank you. 1111 01:35:29,478 --> 01:36:11,840 [APPLAUSE] 1112 01:36:11,840 --> 01:36:14,140 SPEAKER 8: The Pacific Southwest District choir will 1113 01:36:14,140 --> 01:36:18,310 now sing Ella's Song written by Bernice Johnson Reagon of 1114 01:36:18,310 --> 01:36:21,820 the vocal ensemble Sweet Honey and the Rock, based on the 1115 01:36:21,820 --> 01:36:27,290 words of Ella Baker who said, "until the killing of black 1116 01:36:27,290 --> 01:36:31,520 men, black mother's sons, is as important as the killing of 1117 01:36:31,520 --> 01:36:35,520 white men, white mother's sons, we who believe in 1118 01:36:35,520 --> 01:36:39,580 freedom cannot rest until this happens." 1119 01:36:39,580 --> 01:36:42,150 I invite you all to sing with us whenever we come to the 1120 01:36:42,150 --> 01:36:44,490 chorus which is, "we who believe in 1121 01:36:44,490 --> 01:36:47,650 freedom cannot rest. 1122 01:36:47,650 --> 01:36:51,640 We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes." 1123 01:36:51,640 --> 01:36:54,330 I'll have you remain seated for the beginning part. 1124 01:36:54,330 --> 01:36:56,020 I'll turn and let you know when to start 1125 01:36:56,020 --> 01:36:57,670 singing your part. 1126 01:36:57,670 --> 01:37:01,050 Maybe halfway through if you want to rise in body or 1127 01:37:01,050 --> 01:37:20,914 spirit, feel free. 1128 01:37:20,914 --> 01:41:49,958 [SINGING] 1129 01:41:49,958 --> 01:42:01,430 [APPLAUSE] 1130 01:42:01,430 --> 01:42:04,600 GINI COURTER: Please welcome Pablo Alvarado, the Executive 1131 01:42:04,600 --> 01:42:08,350 Director of the National Day Laborer's organizing network 1132 01:42:08,350 --> 01:42:11,020 and UUA President, the Reverend Peter Morales. 1133 01:42:11,020 --> 01:42:27,410 [APPLAUSE] 1134 01:42:27,410 --> 01:42:30,220 PABLO ALVARADO: Buenas noches. 1135 01:42:30,220 --> 01:42:30,850 I can't hear that. 1136 01:42:30,850 --> 01:42:34,560 Arpaio has to hear at least. 1137 01:42:34,560 --> 01:42:35,725 Buenas noches! 1138 01:42:35,725 --> 01:42:37,820 AUDIENCE: Buenas noches! 1139 01:42:37,820 --> 01:42:45,230 PABLO ALVARADO: [SPEAKING SPANISH]. 1140 01:42:45,230 --> 01:42:50,260 Thank you for inviting me. 1141 01:42:50,260 --> 01:42:54,170 And I am very proud and honored and humbled to be here 1142 01:42:54,170 --> 01:42:56,120 with you today. 1143 01:42:56,120 --> 01:43:00,790 I am grateful for the relationship that we've built 1144 01:43:00,790 --> 01:43:05,810 together here in Arizona for the last years. 1145 01:43:05,810 --> 01:43:13,170 Two years ago, we locked arms in the streets of this city to 1146 01:43:13,170 --> 01:43:16,310 stop a great injustice. 1147 01:43:16,310 --> 01:43:27,830 And we succeeded for a day. 1148 01:43:27,830 --> 01:43:36,760 The day that SB 1070 went into effect, Reverend Peter Morales 1149 01:43:36,760 --> 01:43:41,360 and Reverend Susan Frederick-Grey and many, many 1150 01:43:41,360 --> 01:43:48,020 of you set an example for the entire country of what true 1151 01:43:48,020 --> 01:43:52,160 solidarity really is. 1152 01:43:52,160 --> 01:43:56,630 They stood alongside the community and answered it's 1153 01:43:56,630 --> 01:44:03,620 call to action, and responded by saying, "you will not 1154 01:44:03,620 --> 01:44:06,390 suffer this alone. 1155 01:44:06,390 --> 01:44:17,860 I too will not comply." 1156 01:44:17,860 --> 01:44:20,740 Thank you Reverend Peter. 1157 01:44:20,740 --> 01:44:25,370 Reverend Susan and Reverend Peter, thank you so much. 1158 01:44:25,370 --> 01:44:30,110 Since that time yellow shirts have brightened immigration 1159 01:44:30,110 --> 01:44:31,552 rallies across the country. 1160 01:44:31,552 --> 01:44:38,990 [APPLAUSE] 1161 01:44:38,990 --> 01:44:44,580 And Arizona has set an example that had to spread and left no 1162 01:44:44,580 --> 01:44:53,830 corner in this country untouched. 1163 01:44:53,830 --> 01:44:59,220 It is in that moment, literally, when we locked arms 1164 01:44:59,220 --> 01:45:02,650 together in struggle, that we invited 1165 01:45:02,650 --> 01:45:05,670 you to come to Phoenix. 1166 01:45:05,670 --> 01:45:10,130 And at that time, when the boycott of the state was our 1167 01:45:10,130 --> 01:45:14,970 strongest weapon and our greatest defense, we asked you 1168 01:45:14,970 --> 01:45:18,060 to come to Arizona anyways. 1169 01:45:18,060 --> 01:45:21,570 Why? 1170 01:45:21,570 --> 01:45:27,190 Because we hoped that you would do more than strike a 1171 01:45:27,190 --> 01:45:33,700 one blow to Arizonification We believe you will fully join us 1172 01:45:33,700 --> 01:45:36,560 in a longer battle. 1173 01:45:36,560 --> 01:45:41,700 There were those who said that it was a mistake. 1174 01:45:41,700 --> 01:45:46,220 Those who even claimed that this assembly would hurt the 1175 01:45:46,220 --> 01:45:48,830 movement in Arizona. 1176 01:45:48,830 --> 01:45:55,250 And frankly, it is up to you, up to all of us here to prove 1177 01:45:55,250 --> 01:46:05,230 them wrong. 1178 01:46:05,230 --> 01:46:08,950 So what will you do while you're here? 1179 01:46:08,950 --> 01:46:14,790 What will you do when you go back home? 1180 01:46:14,790 --> 01:46:23,020 What will you do that will be a larger blow against the 1181 01:46:23,020 --> 01:46:27,480 forces of hate in Arizona than the economic impact that 1182 01:46:27,480 --> 01:46:32,350 canceling this assembly would have had? 1183 01:46:32,350 --> 01:46:36,210 What will you do to advance human rights, to support the 1184 01:46:36,210 --> 01:46:41,710 front lines of defending and expanding our rights? 1185 01:46:41,710 --> 01:46:44,500 Yes, Arizona is the epicenter. 1186 01:46:44,500 --> 01:46:49,600 But is not a rogue state. 1187 01:46:49,600 --> 01:46:51,860 Do not allow the [INAUDIBLE] 1188 01:46:51,860 --> 01:46:57,940 of Arizona example to keep you from seeing the Arpaios in 1189 01:46:57,940 --> 01:47:09,410 your own backyard. 1190 01:47:09,410 --> 01:47:15,880 In Los Angeles where I live with my family, with my wife 1191 01:47:15,880 --> 01:47:22,506 and my beautiful two children who are with us here tonight, 1192 01:47:22,506 --> 01:47:28,040 and where my organization is based, we have the majority of 1193 01:47:28,040 --> 01:47:29,540 democratic leadership. 1194 01:47:29,540 --> 01:47:33,470 We have a Latino mayor. 1195 01:47:33,470 --> 01:47:37,220 And we are the second in deportations just behind high 1196 01:47:37,220 --> 01:47:40,210 Maricopa County. 1197 01:47:40,210 --> 01:47:43,060 Do not be fooled by professions of those who 1198 01:47:43,060 --> 01:47:47,500 charge, whether it is the President's claim to feel our 1199 01:47:47,500 --> 01:47:54,970 pain, or your governor's claim to not be able to help to 1200 01:47:54,970 --> 01:47:58,900 alleviate the suffering caused by today's misguided 1201 01:47:58,900 --> 01:48:03,140 immigration policies. 1202 01:48:03,140 --> 01:48:06,080 Not only is it possible for every one of us to do 1203 01:48:06,080 --> 01:48:12,970 something to improve our front in our own backyards, it is 1204 01:48:12,970 --> 01:48:23,740 our moral obligation to do so. 1205 01:48:23,740 --> 01:48:29,740 Every one of us has a role to play in turning the tide from 1206 01:48:29,740 --> 01:48:34,640 hate to human rights. 1207 01:48:34,640 --> 01:48:40,810 If we do not, the extreme, systematic persecution of 1208 01:48:40,810 --> 01:48:45,090 migrants, communities of color and poor people in this state 1209 01:48:45,090 --> 01:48:50,220 will be the future of your state. 1210 01:48:50,220 --> 01:48:54,390 Arizona was born from policies that 1211 01:48:54,390 --> 01:48:58,550 criminalize instead of legalize. 1212 01:48:58,550 --> 01:49:03,690 And it has festered in a country that demands, that 1213 01:49:03,690 --> 01:49:07,820 enjoys the benefits the fruits of migrant's labors but 1214 01:49:07,820 --> 01:49:20,020 refuses to accept our humanity. 1215 01:49:20,020 --> 01:49:27,440 But luckily for all of us, also born in Arizona is one of 1216 01:49:27,440 --> 01:49:32,810 the most vibrant community led movements that we've seen. 1217 01:49:32,810 --> 01:49:36,745 A movement led by humble people, by domestic workers, 1218 01:49:36,745 --> 01:49:40,400 by housekeepers, by day laborers, by farm workers, 1219 01:49:40,400 --> 01:49:44,740 factory workers and their families, who are defending 1220 01:49:44,740 --> 01:49:50,930 and advancing the rights for all of us. 1221 01:49:50,930 --> 01:49:54,360 We have not invited you here because we're looking for 1222 01:49:54,360 --> 01:49:58,340 saviors of any sort. 1223 01:49:58,340 --> 01:50:02,130 In fact, it is likely that the people in Arizona 1224 01:50:02,130 --> 01:50:04,600 will save us all. 1225 01:50:04,600 --> 01:50:09,480 We owe them a great deal of thanks to those who have stood 1226 01:50:09,480 --> 01:50:13,439 in these front lines and who have not backed down. 1227 01:50:13,439 --> 01:50:23,420 [APPLAUSE] 1228 01:50:23,420 --> 01:50:26,810 And I would like to ask those of you who are from Arizona, 1229 01:50:26,810 --> 01:50:31,170 especially the members of the Barrio Defence Committees, 1230 01:50:31,170 --> 01:50:34,070 from Tonatierra from Puente, from Somos 1231 01:50:34,070 --> 01:50:36,960 America, to please stand-- 1232 01:50:36,960 --> 01:50:40,440 those of Arizona, [INAUDIBLE]. 1233 01:50:40,440 --> 01:50:44,210 People from Arizona. 1234 01:50:44,210 --> 01:50:44,693 There you go. 1235 01:50:44,693 --> 01:50:46,146 You have them around. 1236 01:50:46,146 --> 01:50:49,548 [APPLAUSE] 1237 01:50:49,548 --> 01:50:57,830 There they are. 1238 01:50:57,830 --> 01:51:00,780 We owe them a great deal of thanks. 1239 01:51:00,780 --> 01:51:06,010 And we all have a great deal to learn from all of you. 1240 01:51:06,010 --> 01:51:09,250 So let us spend this week together, finding the new 1241 01:51:09,250 --> 01:51:14,110 meaning in the term of justice. 1242 01:51:14,110 --> 01:51:18,760 And with a new commitment to see and realize here in 1243 01:51:18,760 --> 01:51:21,490 Arizona and beyond. 1244 01:51:21,490 --> 01:51:24,794 [SPEAKING SPANISH]. 1245 01:51:24,794 --> 01:51:43,360 [APPLAUSE] 1246 01:51:43,360 --> 01:51:43,380 REV. 1247 01:51:43,380 --> 01:51:47,245 PETER MORALES: Gracias, Pablo. 1248 01:51:47,245 --> 01:51:53,861 You look beautiful out there. 1249 01:51:53,861 --> 01:51:57,570 This has been a long time coming. 1250 01:51:57,570 --> 01:52:02,220 More than two years ago, Unitarian Universalists were 1251 01:52:02,220 --> 01:52:05,160 called to Phoenix by our Arizona 1252 01:52:05,160 --> 01:52:08,030 congregations and our partners. 1253 01:52:08,030 --> 01:52:12,840 We were called to stand on the side of love, on the side of 1254 01:52:12,840 --> 01:52:17,040 human dignity, on the side of compassion, 1255 01:52:17,040 --> 01:52:19,920 on the side of justice. 1256 01:52:19,920 --> 01:52:24,410 Hundreds of us from all across the nation came, many of us 1257 01:52:24,410 --> 01:52:28,550 wearing our bright yellow t-shirts. 1258 01:52:28,550 --> 01:52:32,620 A few months later when SB 1070 was to be implemented and 1259 01:52:32,620 --> 01:52:36,910 Sheriff Joe Arpaio threatened one of his illegal sweeps in 1260 01:52:36,910 --> 01:52:40,550 the barrios we came again. 1261 01:52:40,550 --> 01:52:44,680 Some of us were arrested alongside our partners. 1262 01:52:44,680 --> 01:52:49,030 Once again, we stood on the side of love. 1263 01:52:49,030 --> 01:52:51,940 Last July the first, I returned and stood trial with 1264 01:52:51,940 --> 01:52:57,470 Susan Frederick-Grey, Sal Reza, and others. 1265 01:52:57,470 --> 01:53:10,440 Well Amigos in Arizona, we're back. 1266 01:53:10,440 --> 01:53:11,960 And this time, we brought several 1267 01:53:11,960 --> 01:53:13,950 thousand of our good friends. 1268 01:53:13,950 --> 01:53:24,550 [APPLAUSE] 1269 01:53:24,550 --> 01:53:30,120 We are back because we are a religious people. 1270 01:53:30,120 --> 01:53:32,790 We're back because we are committed to building what 1271 01:53:32,790 --> 01:53:35,800 Jesus called the Kingdom of God and what Martin Luther 1272 01:53:35,800 --> 01:53:40,040 King Junior called the beloved community. 1273 01:53:40,040 --> 01:53:44,240 We're back because to stand on the side of love means to 1274 01:53:44,240 --> 01:53:54,690 stand for justice, equity, and compassion. 1275 01:53:54,690 --> 01:53:59,740 We are back because we realize that todos somos Arizona. 1276 01:53:59,740 --> 01:54:08,500 We are all Arizona. 1277 01:54:08,500 --> 01:54:11,520 We're back because of this is who we Unitarian 1278 01:54:11,520 --> 01:54:13,010 Universalists are. 1279 01:54:13,010 --> 01:54:16,430 We're here because we are a people who cannot turn our 1280 01:54:16,430 --> 01:54:22,300 backs when our neighbors are brutalized and marginalized. 1281 01:54:22,300 --> 01:54:25,490 We especially cannot turn our backs on our partners and 1282 01:54:25,490 --> 01:54:28,990 neighbors who've asked for our support. 1283 01:54:28,990 --> 01:54:30,950 Look at our history. 1284 01:54:30,950 --> 01:54:34,510 We stood on the side of love against slavery. 1285 01:54:34,510 --> 01:54:38,550 We stood on the side of quality for rights for women. 1286 01:54:38,550 --> 01:54:42,020 We stood for justice during the Civil Rights era. 1287 01:54:42,020 --> 01:54:45,770 We are standing for equal treatment for our LGBT 1288 01:54:45,770 --> 01:54:47,160 brothers and sisters. 1289 01:54:47,160 --> 01:54:50,520 And isn't it wonderful that are President has finally, 1290 01:54:50,520 --> 01:54:53,286 finally taken a stand for marriage equality? 1291 01:54:53,286 --> 01:55:04,060 [APPLAUSE] 1292 01:55:04,060 --> 01:55:08,340 We come to stand once more on the side of love. 1293 01:55:08,340 --> 01:55:14,320 Because love cannot keep silent, we will bear witness. 1294 01:55:14,320 --> 01:55:17,240 Because love reaches out, we will join 1295 01:55:17,240 --> 01:55:19,560 hands with our partners. 1296 01:55:19,560 --> 01:55:22,700 We will learn from one another. 1297 01:55:22,700 --> 01:55:27,410 Because love is sacred, we will worship together. 1298 01:55:27,410 --> 01:55:29,460 We will be inspired. 1299 01:55:29,460 --> 01:55:31,860 We will sing. 1300 01:55:31,860 --> 01:55:34,790 Because love delights in friendship, we 1301 01:55:34,790 --> 01:55:37,520 will celebrate together. 1302 01:55:37,520 --> 01:55:40,530 Because love opens us at the core of our 1303 01:55:40,530 --> 01:55:43,370 being, we will learn. 1304 01:55:43,370 --> 01:55:45,350 We will be moved. 1305 01:55:45,350 --> 01:55:48,120 We will be changed. 1306 01:55:48,120 --> 01:56:00,950 Because love is strong, we will prevail. 1307 01:56:00,950 --> 01:56:05,560 Not today, maybe not next week or next month, we're in this 1308 01:56:05,560 --> 01:56:07,400 for the long haul. 1309 01:56:07,400 --> 01:56:09,960 Ending slavery took a great struggle. 1310 01:56:09,960 --> 01:56:12,830 It took generations to get the vote for women. 1311 01:56:12,830 --> 01:56:16,180 Susan B. Anthony, the great Unitarian advocate for women's 1312 01:56:16,180 --> 01:56:19,420 suffrage never voted. 1313 01:56:19,420 --> 01:56:24,190 The civil rights movement was a great struggle and racism 1314 01:56:24,190 --> 01:56:26,730 still infects America. 1315 01:56:26,730 --> 01:56:31,150 We continue in the midst of a long struggle for rights for 1316 01:56:31,150 --> 01:56:34,980 LGBT people and for environmental justice. 1317 01:56:34,980 --> 01:56:39,460 But love is stronger than fear. 1318 01:56:39,460 --> 01:56:43,090 Love is stronger than hate. 1319 01:56:43,090 --> 01:56:46,210 Make no mistake. 1320 01:56:46,210 --> 01:56:58,070 We will prevail. 1321 01:56:58,070 --> 01:57:00,230 Love is not afraid. 1322 01:57:00,230 --> 01:57:02,170 Love is tough. 1323 01:57:02,170 --> 01:57:05,265 Love endures. 1324 01:57:05,265 --> 01:57:07,970 We will prevail. 1325 01:57:07,970 --> 01:57:11,970 Come, let us stand on the side of love together. 1326 01:57:11,970 --> 01:57:19,350 Come hand in hand, mano en mano, let us create a historic 1327 01:57:19,350 --> 01:57:22,030 Justice General Assembly. 1328 01:57:22,030 --> 01:57:23,100 So may it be. 1329 01:57:23,100 --> 01:57:39,300 [APPLAUSE] 1330 01:57:39,300 --> 01:57:42,880 SPEAKER 8: Esto Les Digo is a Spanish chorals piece with 1331 01:57:42,880 --> 01:57:48,110 text based on Matthew 18 verses 19 and 20, "where two 1332 01:57:48,110 --> 01:57:52,810 or three are gathered in my name, there will I be also." 1333 01:57:52,810 --> 01:57:57,110 As the sounds of the music and this beautiful text wash over 1334 01:57:57,110 --> 01:58:00,760 you, may we all be reminded that when we join together to 1335 01:58:00,760 --> 01:58:04,320 work for a more just world something greater than 1336 01:58:04,320 --> 01:58:30,903 ourselves enters in. 1337 01:58:30,903 --> 02:02:05,810 [SINGING] 1338 02:02:05,810 --> 02:02:19,670 [APPLAUSE] 1339 02:02:19,670 --> 02:02:22,600 GINI COURTER: Please welcome the Reverend Patricia Jimenez, 1340 02:02:22,600 --> 02:02:26,210 chair of the General Assembly Chaplains and Tomoko Takano 1341 02:02:26,210 --> 02:02:29,320 and the Reverend Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, co-chairs of 1342 02:02:29,320 --> 02:02:39,660 this year's Right Relationship team. 1343 02:02:39,660 --> 02:02:39,702 REV. 1344 02:02:39,702 --> 02:02:42,510 PATRICIA JIMENEZ: We have gathered this week to be part 1345 02:02:42,510 --> 02:02:45,250 of a journey of discovery. 1346 02:02:45,250 --> 02:02:47,630 And our work together will challenge us 1347 02:02:47,630 --> 02:02:50,640 to stretch and grow. 1348 02:02:50,640 --> 02:02:56,410 And at times that might feel uncomfortable. 1349 02:02:56,410 --> 02:03:00,080 Tonight, we invite you to lean into any 1350 02:03:00,080 --> 02:03:04,090 discomfort you might feel. 1351 02:03:04,090 --> 02:03:08,930 Embrace it as an opportunity for spiritual growth and 1352 02:03:08,930 --> 02:03:13,040 movement towards wholeness. 1353 02:03:13,040 --> 02:03:16,090 There is much for us to discover together when we keep 1354 02:03:16,090 --> 02:03:18,740 our hearts and minds open. 1355 02:03:18,740 --> 02:03:23,030 And through your reflection groups and informal exchanges, 1356 02:03:23,030 --> 02:03:26,720 we hope you will support and encourage one another to be 1357 02:03:26,720 --> 02:03:33,320 present, engaged, and open to this unique experience. 1358 02:03:33,320 --> 02:03:40,080 And I invite every single one of you to also reach out to 1359 02:03:40,080 --> 02:03:45,960 one another to engage in conversation, remembering that 1360 02:03:45,960 --> 02:03:52,880 not everybody you may speak to will be a UU. 1361 02:03:52,880 --> 02:03:59,270 It's our job, part of our call this week, to 1362 02:03:59,270 --> 02:04:03,520 find our higher selves. 1363 02:04:03,520 --> 02:04:09,950 As chaplains we want to ask you, invite you to come see 1364 02:04:09,950 --> 02:04:16,160 us, to speak to us, to reach out to us if you find that you 1365 02:04:16,160 --> 02:04:19,400 need additional support. 1366 02:04:19,400 --> 02:04:22,940 Look for those of us who are wearing this blue t-shirt. 1367 02:04:22,940 --> 02:04:25,200 It says Chaplain on the front. 1368 02:04:25,200 --> 02:04:30,200 You might find them out in the audience right now. 1369 02:04:30,200 --> 02:04:34,120 We're here to provide spiritual care for our 1370 02:04:34,120 --> 02:04:37,130 community that we are creating. 1371 02:04:37,130 --> 02:04:41,810 Our mission is to offer an attentive ministry of presence 1372 02:04:41,810 --> 02:04:47,110 to you so that you can make the most of this experience. 1373 02:04:47,110 --> 02:04:52,590 If you need us, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. 1374 02:04:52,590 --> 02:04:58,690 We're here for you. 1375 02:04:58,690 --> 02:05:01,060 TOMOKO TAKANO: We are here for you too. 1376 02:05:01,060 --> 02:05:05,870 The Right Relationship Team exists to listen to and engage 1377 02:05:05,870 --> 02:05:11,290 with people who experience any form of oppression or identity 1378 02:05:11,290 --> 02:05:16,790 based marginalization while at General Assembly. 1379 02:05:16,790 --> 02:05:22,870 No one is perfect and we are going to make mistakes. 1380 02:05:22,870 --> 02:05:27,670 Though it might happen in good faith, hurtful assumptions, 1381 02:05:27,670 --> 02:05:31,030 painful words, and inconsiderate actions are 1382 02:05:31,030 --> 02:05:34,620 going to be part of this experience. 1383 02:05:34,620 --> 02:05:38,230 We know that we are not immune to racism, sexism, 1384 02:05:38,230 --> 02:05:44,350 heterosexism, ableism, ageism, and other poisons that pervade 1385 02:05:44,350 --> 02:05:48,060 our society. 1386 02:05:48,060 --> 02:05:51,630 When hurt happens, we hope that you'll consider how you 1387 02:05:51,630 --> 02:05:55,830 individually, as well as General Assembly as a whole, 1388 02:05:55,830 --> 02:05:59,740 is called to work towards right relationship. 1389 02:05:59,740 --> 02:06:03,360 If you're not sure what next step right relationship 1390 02:06:03,360 --> 02:06:07,460 requires, or if you need support to process your 1391 02:06:07,460 --> 02:06:12,220 experience, please seek us out. 1392 02:06:12,220 --> 02:06:16,650 Our mission is to hear, note, and if possible respond to 1393 02:06:16,650 --> 02:06:19,490 incidents of racism, oppression that 1394 02:06:19,490 --> 02:06:22,500 occur in this gathering. 1395 02:06:22,500 --> 02:06:27,960 We will use our daily reports to plenary to share with you 1396 02:06:27,960 --> 02:06:30,900 some of the experiences that are brought to our attention 1397 02:06:30,900 --> 02:06:33,800 so that we can learn together from our 1398 02:06:33,800 --> 02:06:41,270 missteps and our successes. 1399 02:06:41,270 --> 02:06:43,390 We all make assumptions. 1400 02:06:43,390 --> 02:06:46,150 That's part of human nature. 1401 02:06:46,150 --> 02:06:50,250 For example, as Patricia pointed out, most years we 1402 02:06:50,250 --> 02:06:53,410 assume that everyone at General Assembly is a 1403 02:06:53,410 --> 02:06:55,880 Unitarian Universalist. 1404 02:06:55,880 --> 02:06:58,210 That is not the case this year. 1405 02:06:58,210 --> 02:07:03,450 And this presents us with opportunity and challenge. 1406 02:07:03,450 --> 02:07:07,440 We have the opportunity this week to engage with partners 1407 02:07:07,440 --> 02:07:10,020 in the work of justice. 1408 02:07:10,020 --> 02:07:12,270 Many of our partners are committed to their own 1409 02:07:12,270 --> 02:07:14,220 religious traditions. 1410 02:07:14,220 --> 02:07:18,670 In our midst are Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, 1411 02:07:18,670 --> 02:07:22,990 members of the United Church of Christ, and others. 1412 02:07:22,990 --> 02:07:25,890 Religiously and in many other ways, we 1413 02:07:25,890 --> 02:07:29,220 are a diverse gathering. 1414 02:07:29,220 --> 02:07:33,310 Our challenge this week is to check our assumptions before 1415 02:07:33,310 --> 02:07:36,960 they lead us to inaccurate conclusions. 1416 02:07:36,960 --> 02:07:41,240 For example, some among us are Latino, Latina, and/or of 1417 02:07:41,240 --> 02:07:46,120 native descent, do not speak English, and are Unitarian 1418 02:07:46,120 --> 02:07:48,210 Universalists. 1419 02:07:48,210 --> 02:07:52,250 Others among us are white and English speaking and here with 1420 02:07:52,250 --> 02:07:54,750 one of our partner groups. 1421 02:07:54,750 --> 02:07:58,990 Assumptions won't tell us anything true or important 1422 02:07:58,990 --> 02:08:01,100 about one another. 1423 02:08:01,100 --> 02:08:06,130 So today we ask everyone to be together in this space as 1424 02:08:06,130 --> 02:08:08,350 fellow human beings. 1425 02:08:08,350 --> 02:08:12,030 To let go of some of the barriers of fear and privilege 1426 02:08:12,030 --> 02:08:15,200 that often inform our assumptions and travel 1427 02:08:15,200 --> 02:08:20,150 alongside each other in our common humanity humbly, yet 1428 02:08:20,150 --> 02:08:37,380 determined, as we are, to create a just world. 1429 02:08:37,380 --> 02:08:39,660 GINI COURTER: The times for the daily office hours and 1430 02:08:39,660 --> 02:08:43,250 24-hour emergency number for the chaplains are listed in 1431 02:08:43,250 --> 02:08:45,750 your program book under Chaplains. 1432 02:08:45,750 --> 02:08:48,450 The same information for the Right Relation Team is listed 1433 02:08:48,450 --> 02:08:52,340 in your program book under Right Relation Team. 1434 02:08:52,340 --> 02:08:57,840 If you begin to discern a pattern, you are fortunate. 1435 02:08:57,840 --> 02:09:02,290 We do have one announcement this evening. 1436 02:09:02,290 --> 02:09:04,770 In the interest of keeping us all safe while here in 1437 02:09:04,770 --> 02:09:07,730 Phoenix, I'd like to pass along some information from 1438 02:09:07,730 --> 02:09:10,210 the Phoenix police department. 1439 02:09:10,210 --> 02:09:15,700 Over the course of 10 days in mid-May, three yellow lantern 1440 02:09:15,700 --> 02:09:16,730 style flashlights-- 1441 02:09:16,730 --> 02:09:19,790 like camping flashlights with a button on the top-- 1442 02:09:19,790 --> 02:09:22,810 containing a small amount of explosive material were found 1443 02:09:22,810 --> 02:09:25,820 in random locations around the city. 1444 02:09:25,820 --> 02:09:28,140 When folks who found the flashlights tried to turn them 1445 02:09:28,140 --> 02:09:32,040 on, the flashlights exploded causing minor injuries. 1446 02:09:32,040 --> 02:09:34,720 And as of today, the police have not arrested anyone for 1447 02:09:34,720 --> 02:09:36,510 these incidents. 1448 02:09:36,510 --> 02:09:40,780 No specific group was targeted and there's been no incident 1449 02:09:40,780 --> 02:09:42,730 since May 24th. 1450 02:09:42,730 --> 02:09:47,970 But if you see a yellow flashlight on the ground, do 1451 02:09:47,970 --> 02:09:49,950 not touch it. 1452 02:09:49,950 --> 02:09:55,030 And please notify the police right away. 1453 02:09:55,030 --> 02:09:57,685 There being no further business to come before us and 1454 02:09:57,685 --> 02:09:59,950 in accordance with the schedule set forth in your 1455 02:09:59,950 --> 02:10:03,260 program book, I declare that this plenary session of the 1456 02:10:03,260 --> 02:10:07,650 General Assembly shall stand in recess until 7:45 AM on 1457 02:10:07,650 --> 02:10:09,600 Thursday, June 21st. 1458 02:10:09,600 --> 02:10:12,720 But it's not time to leave quite yet. 1459 02:10:12,720 --> 02:10:15,940 Please welcome Sandy Weir from the Arizona Immigration 1460 02:10:15,940 --> 02:10:31,990 Ministry and Tupac Enrique Acosta of Tonatierra. 1461 02:10:31,990 --> 02:10:36,680 SANDY WEIR: We are gathered here in the cool, in safety, 1462 02:10:36,680 --> 02:10:39,970 in inquiry, and in community. 1463 02:10:39,970 --> 02:10:44,390 TUPAC ENRIQUE ACOSTA: But we have a restless spirit. 1464 02:10:44,390 --> 02:10:49,540 We are called talk to go to the earth, to the desert, 1465 02:10:49,540 --> 02:10:52,570 under the sky with the darkness. 1466 02:10:52,570 --> 02:10:59,200 We will gather there in the struggle and with the power. 1467 02:10:59,200 --> 02:11:03,290 SANDY WEIR: We will journey together on the street as we 1468 02:11:03,290 --> 02:11:08,710 have done many times to call for justice. 1469 02:11:08,710 --> 02:11:13,620 As we went to the state capital, to the Department of 1470 02:11:13,620 --> 02:11:20,700 Education, to the baseball field, and to the jails. 1471 02:11:20,700 --> 02:11:24,050 TUPAC ENRIQUE ACOSTA: We will journey together as human 1472 02:11:24,050 --> 02:11:30,060 beings with equal rights of self identification and self 1473 02:11:30,060 --> 02:11:35,140 determination as peoples of the nations and pueblos of 1474 02:11:35,140 --> 02:11:38,000 Mother Earth. 1475 02:11:38,000 --> 02:11:40,850 SANDY WEIR: We will speak our truth this evening and in the 1476 02:11:40,850 --> 02:11:46,560 days to come in these halls and on the streets. 1477 02:11:46,560 --> 02:11:50,280 TUPAC ENRIQUE ACOSTA: We invite you to join us. 1478 02:11:50,280 --> 02:11:54,060 Join us for our witness about turning the tide from fear to 1479 02:11:54,060 --> 02:11:55,940 human rights. 1480 02:11:55,940 --> 02:12:02,040 After our final song here, we will sing as we go out down 1481 02:12:02,040 --> 02:12:06,890 the escalators out to fifth street and cross to heritage 1482 02:12:06,890 --> 02:12:10,340 square one short block away. 1483 02:12:10,340 --> 02:12:13,680 Follow us. 1484 02:12:13,680 --> 02:12:16,340 SANDY WEIR: We will recess to our closing 1485 02:12:16,340 --> 02:12:20,150 song, Freedom is Coming. 1486 02:12:20,150 --> 02:12:23,940 We invite everyone to keep singing as we exit. 1487 02:12:23,940 --> 02:12:29,180 For those who need to use an elevator please come forward 1488 02:12:29,180 --> 02:12:35,620 to the front left corner of the hall as we begin singing. 1489 02:12:35,620 --> 02:12:40,030 Ushers will lead you to the elevator behind the stage, 1490 02:12:40,030 --> 02:12:44,320 which descends directly to the fifth street exit. 1491 02:12:44,320 --> 02:12:47,980 Everyone else is invited to exit after we have sung 1492 02:12:47,980 --> 02:12:51,250 Freedom is Coming twice through. 1493 02:12:51,250 --> 02:12:55,380 Follow Tupac and me and the Witness Team down the 1494 02:12:55,380 --> 02:12:58,600 escalators to the witness event. 1495 02:12:58,600 --> 02:13:01,390 Tonight's witness will be brief. 1496 02:13:01,390 --> 02:13:03,320 And then you will go from heritage 1497 02:13:03,320 --> 02:13:09,200 square to your lodging. 1498 02:13:09,200 --> 02:13:11,680 SPEAKER 8: As Sandy said, our closing song is Freedom is 1499 02:13:11,680 --> 02:13:15,060 Coming, which comes to us from the brave people in 20th 1500 02:13:15,060 --> 02:13:18,510 century South Africa who never gave up their dream of 1501 02:13:18,510 --> 02:13:22,220 creating a more just society. 1502 02:13:22,220 --> 02:13:26,740 May this call be ours today as we encounter the injustices 1503 02:13:26,740 --> 02:13:29,920 here in my home state of Arizona and wherever we 1504 02:13:29,920 --> 02:13:31,710 encounter them. 1505 02:13:31,710 --> 02:13:34,510 I'll sing the song through first acapella from the 1506 02:13:34,510 --> 02:13:36,325 tradition it comes from. 1507 02:13:36,325 --> 02:13:39,400 And then I'll invite you to sing with me and then start to 1508 02:13:39,400 --> 02:13:40,770 exit the hall. 1509 02:13:40,770 --> 02:13:43,300 We will keep leading, singing the music from the 1510 02:13:43,300 --> 02:13:49,360 stage as you exit. 1511 02:13:49,360 --> 02:14:58,370 [SINGING] 1512 02:14:58,370 --> 02:15:23,947