The members of Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC) have been working hard on several fronts to advance the cause of immigration justice in Pennsylvania. In addition to assuming leadership roles within Unitarian Universalist organizations dedicated to effecting legislative change in Harrisburg, the church has also partnered with the Philadelphia-based non-profit Vamos Juntos (We Go Together).
Rev. Morgan McLean, Associate Minister of MLUC, recently visited the South Philadelphia offices of Vamos Juntos to meet with Executive Director Erika Almiron and Lead Organizer Jasmine Rivera. Along with church members Pax Riddle and Hiro Nishikawa, she presented Juntos with a donation of $1,889 on behalf of the church’s Offering Outreach program, which each month selects a different non-profit to support, based on an organization’s demonstration of Unitarian Universalist values.
Almiron is the daughter of Paraguayan immigrants, and has personally witnessed what the U.S. immigration system can do to families and communities. She has worked in a variety of organizations to help change and improve that system.
“We’re so happy to have the support of Main Line Unitarian Church,” Almiron stated. “This donation will help to build our organization as we plan to move our offices to the 9th Street corridor in order to be more visible to Latino businesses.”
Almiron and Juntos were instrumental in achieving a major victory for immigration rights in Philadelphia this year, as Mayor Michael Nutter recently signed into law one of the nation’s most progressive pieces of legislation regarding “ICE holds,” effectively barring the city’s police or prisons from handing over detained individuals to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
To learn more about and make a donation to Vamos Juntos, visit them online at www.vamosjuntos.org.
Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church (right) presents a donation of $1,889 to Vamos Juntos, a Philadelphia non-profit dedicated to immigration justice. Also pictured (from left): lead organizer Jasmine Rivera, executive director Erika Almiron, and church member Pax Riddle.