(Boston, MA) The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), was convicted August 5, 2011, on misdemeanor charges stemming from his nonviolent civil disobedience in Phoenix, Ariz., in July 2010. He was arrested while protesting Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation, SB 1070.
Upon learning of his conviction, Rev. Morales released the following statement:
“My decision to engage in civil disobedience last July was rooted in my profound opposition to Arizona's SB 1070 and to the inhumane practices of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“My conviction as a result of that civil disobedience in no way alters my commitment to opposing this legislation that targets and dehumanizes some of the most vulnerable among us.
“We Unitarian Universalists will continue to stand on the side of love against this draconian legislation and the racism and anti-immigrant sentiment it represents, and we look forward to bringing our public witness to Phoenix in 2012 at our Justice General Assembly.”
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Daisy Kincaid, Public Relations Directordkincaid @ uua.org or (617) 948-4386
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