International Day of Prayer for Peace -- 2012
This year's observance of the International Day of Prayer for Peace will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday September 23 at the Manassas First A.M.E. Church, 1313 South Grant Street, Manassas, Virginia.  This year's gathering follows close on the heels of violent acts that underscore the necessity for sharing our spiritual convictions in unified prayers for peace.  The gathering is open to everyone in the community.  This is a time for deep understanding, mutual respect and committed involvement.  We especially invite communities of every faith tradition to join us for the profound spiritual experience of shared voices praying for divine guidance in the face of international hostility, political confrontation, local intolerance, domestic abuse, teenage bullying and personal struggle.  Please join with us in praying for peace.

Superintendent of Schools Reception

The City of Manassas holds welcoming reception for Superintendent of Schools Dr. Catherine Magouyrk Tuesday, August 28, 2012. The public is invited.

Silver Lake Park service day

Gainesville Magisterial District & the Prince William County Park Authority invite you to a day of service at Silver Lake Park Saturday, October 13.  Please wear closed toe shoes and clothes that you are not afraid to get dirty. All activities will take place outside. Lunch will be provided.

Help for Undocumented Youth Seeking
Deferred Action Status
There are a lot of questions about the process for undocumented youth to request the temporary status known as deferred action.  Fortunately, there are a number of organizations in our area that are geared up and ready to answer questions to help DREAMers request relief from deportation.  Some of the local organizations that are conducting workshops and informational sessions to assist DREAMers can be found in the attached DREAMERs Guide document.

Evaluation Study of Prince William County's
Illegal Immigration Enforcement Policy

The University of Virginia, Center for Survey Research completed a study of the implementation of Prince William County's immigration enforcement policy. The study, released in November of 2010 draws attention to the uniqueness of Prince William County's controversial policy and enforcement implementation. The report [An] Evalutaion Study of Prince William County's Illegal Immigration Enforcement Policy : FINAL REPORT highlights a number of situations that had an impact on the county's immigrant population. The involvement of many of these economic and administrative situations were determined to be difficult to isolate. Because of the number of socio-economic variables involved the report concludes that the enforcement policy alone may not have been directly related to reductions in the county's resident immigrant population. Jurisdictions that might seek to emulate the county's policy are cautioned that the Prince William experience may have resulted from numerous factors and may not be reproducible in other times and places.

See the Executive Summary here: Evaluation Study : Executive Summary

Unity in the Community announces the release of a new document, Words of Compassion: Supportive Statements on Immigration.  Words of Compassion is a rich compilation of statements from a variety of religious, secular and governmental organizations presented in one document for comparison, review and easy reference.  All entries have been annotated with document source information.  Hot links added to the Table of Contents will move you quickly through the document to the statements you want to review. We are proud to offer this resource to our colleagues and friends.  We hope you will find it useful.

Resources for Diversity Training
. Unity in the Community has complied a list of resources for workplace diversity training. These resources are recognized trainers skilled in professional workplace training environments. As additional resources become known to us we will add them to this listing. Listing of the resources does not constitute an endorsement by Unity in the Community.
The Immigrant Community

Instructions for the immigrant community.
 The Immigration and Human Rights Law Group makes basic rights instructions available to the immigrant community through seminars and free advice. You can view their summary of Basic Constitutional Rights and suggestions for Family Preparedness here.  

Conozcan Sus Derechos
Know Your Rights -- English

Prepárense para una emergencia familiar
Family Preparedness -- English

Unity in the Community announces the adoption of guidelines for its Humanitarian Fund



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P.O. Box 4292
Manassas, VA 20108
Kathy Clark
Vice Chairperson
Lydia Gonzalez
Secretary Recorder
Jim Amaral
Gregg Reynolds
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