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Casey works on the banner for the art build.
Hello friends,

Here's an update about what we've been fondly calling "The Bird Project," aka our Endangered Species Art Project.

Based in methodologies of popular education and arts-organizing, using collective learning and creativity as a vehicle for community building and social change, the project culminated with events at General Assembly. (Held in Portland, OR, this year from June 22-26, GA is where Unitarian Universalists from all over the country get together to share in the business of our national organization, learn from each other, and get teaching and inspiration for the justice work our values call us to engage in).

Our 7th principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part," almost literally comes alive in the Procession of Species event at GA. There is an art build workshop beforehand, wherein UUs put together their inspired creations for the procession.

Thanks to your efforts, we had plenty of birds to work with in building Arizona's entry in the procession!
 
The completed art build: birds, butterflies, "Sin Fronteras" (without borders), and "Migration is Beautiful" tell about the intersection of migrant & climate justice.

This year's UU Ministry For the Earth art build was held at First Unitarian Portland. During the build, UUJAZ climate justice organizer Casey Clowes was able to share the story of the intersections of migrant justice and climate justice with UUs from across the country. She explained how the border wall negatively impacts the habitat of humans and animals alike, including the yellow-billed cuckoo we chose for our Arizona art build.

Casey and Thoi carry the bird project at the Synergy Bridging Service.
 

We are grateful for the activism of Tricia, a UU in Southern Arizona, around the San Pedro River and the wildlife that rely on it. It was thanks to her efforts that we chose to highlight the yellow-billed cuckoo for this intergenerational eco-art project. The yellow-billed cuckoo is designated under the Endangered Species Act and is one of 93 endangered and threatened species impacted by the border wall.

Arizona UUs participated enthusiastically in the project, giving us so many wonderful paper birds to include in the exhibit!

Arizonans made 128 yellow-billed cuckoos that were on display in the Exhibit Hall and were part of the Synergy Service and the Procession of Species. 

Casey and Thoi carry the bird project at the Procession of Species.

Thank you so very much for your part in making this project a success! We were delighted with the high level of participation from Arizona UUs in the project. It was fun, communal, and creative - but more importantly, it provided a crucial opportunity to tell the story of the negative impacts of the border wall on humans and animals alike. 

You can help us keep teaching about this critical justice issue by continuing to share our video about the project. Thank you!
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