#7 RE UU At Home – April 27th, 2020
As you all know there are many, many, good causes locally and globally that we can support through financial donations, but in fact, you can give support in many different ways including letter writing and signing petitions. Thanks to Ashley and Jack we have an social justice activity everyone in the congregation can do to support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in Massachusetts.
Here are some websites that can give you some background on the Tribe and the latest Federal Decision regarding the Wampanoag Tribe’s land status:
For adults – take a moment to sign onto MoveOn’s petition : Land is Sacred: Stand With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the very tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in the 1600s, is at risk of losing what is left of their homelands due to a determination made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Teach your children how to call their Congress people and government officials.
Children have a powerful voice! If they resonate with this issue, here are some folks they can contact:
- Call Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs at (202) 224-2551 and urge him to support the forward movement of the two bills.
- H.R. 312 / S. 2628 — The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, which effectively reverses the Secretary of the Interior’s termination action.
- H.R. 375 / S. 2808 — An amendment/update to the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, which effectively protects other native nations from similar actions.
- Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Senators (or find your senator here), and urge them to support the above two bills.
- Call Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt at 202-208-3100 x3 and ask him to stop his efforts to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation.
For children – take some time to learn about the Mashpee Wampanoag and draw a picture or write a letter of support.
Look at the websites with an adult. Think about how the UU Principles guide us to respect all people and to take action. Writing letters is effective! Send your letter to your Federal Representatives (look online for their names and addresses) and they will use what you say to guide them in their advocacy work. Below is the letter Jack sent to his elected officials.