Its hitting the UUwire that all GA attendees will have to undergo security checkpoints in order to participate. Heard it from Rob Eller-Isaacs, UUMA President and Manish Mishra, DRUUMM President who both posted letters today. (UUMA letter, DRUUMM letter).
Both are thoughtful responses to an awful situation. In fact, as the partner of an immigrant, who has been subject to security holds before at airports because of the common name and roots in a country with a civil war, it is infuriating and damaging.
Yes a contract was signed. I’m serious about the accountability here. From a justice standpoint. Were the security check points in place at the time the contract was signed? If not, is this change in circumstance enough to get out of the contract? Is this a case where anti-racism analysis and accountability with people of color communities in Unitarian Universalism would have revealed the oppression in this site?
This is a situation where people of color will be disproportionately impacted. Yet again. It is disappointing. Who is responsible? What will we do to prevent this in the future? Has the GA Planning Committee continued to engage with the anti-racism theological and spiritual work called of them and our congregations by the 1997 GA Resolution?
Is it not possible to arrange for another group to take this on?
(total side note – this is also a great opportunity for us to move to GA to a biannual or triennial schedule.)