Hi Rev Deb, (and IM4HI)
I hope that you are doing well, what a time to be alive, and advocating for the rights of undocumented people! As you are well aware, the ongoing plight of immigrants at the border, especially children is heartbreaking and sickening, and is growing worse. Then there’s also the upcoming ICE raids planned in a few weeks. We want to do something, and wanting to pool together ideas, resources, and responses. You’ve probably seen this: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/24/opinion/border-kids-immigration-help.html
What’s the Center for Human Integrity’s response, and how can we be of support, locally?
(From Rev. Deb)
Hi Rev. Laurie, and Skyline,Here is our eblast where we are trying to direct people to act. It would be good for congregations to get together – hold an event – to discuss and learn more, watch a film. What is happening is not new, but is being exploited to an all new level. Good for people to think about what they can do longterm – like support housing needs, creatively in the parking lot or congregations, or congregation members homes.Also Donations are needed locally- as we are constantly getting requests for new arrivals – and have our emergency housing fund. Once they are able to move out of the terrible camps at the border. They are coming to cities like ours across the country with little or no help and infrastructure.Also we need help with Sergio’s bond fundraiser so he can come home. Follow this link to donate-https://www.gofundme.
‘More on the border issue:
Dear Friends:We are all concerned about the deplorable detention of children, and the President’s threat of immigration raids. Once again, he has created a hostage crisis. Now threatening to resume immigration raids in two weeks unless Congress approves a spending bill of $4.5 billion that would worsen the crisis he has created. The harm is felt across our communities, so we invite you to breathe and remember the power and strength we’ve been building in the local community. This violence is not isolated only to immigrants, but it is also practiced on other communities by recent policies: Muslims, Jews, Women of Color, Transgendered folks, Indigenous, African American, and more.We invite you to join us in acts that lift up our faith values:
- We must practice collective responsibility by addressing the root causes of social problems.
- We are interconnected and accountable for one another.
CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSCongress is in the midst of negotiating the two versions of the spending bill. It is critical that you contact your U.S. Congressperson’s office immediately. Click here to find your congress representative.They need to hear your faith values that upholds the sanctity of all!
- No more funding for ICE, detention, and enforcement.
- Divest from all programs that criminalize and incarcerate immigrants.
- Release all those detained to their families and communities.
- Invest in alternatives that focus on integration of immigrants.
- End contracts with private corporations.
JOIN UPCOMING EVENTS at IM4HIn addition to participating in local actions to express outrage and concern; we invite you to join us over the next few weeks to strengthen your faith, deepen our connection to each other, and mend the past, in order to transform our future!
July 4th Ceremony: Standing on this Land Together: Indigenous, Settlers, and MigrantsJuly 12th, Vigil at ICE: Compassion Has No Walls: Mending the PastAugust 10th, 7pm, Faith Reflection on Reparations: Led by Kehilla Community Synagogue, Chochmat HaLev, and IM4HI. More details to come.
TURNING OUR ANGER AND FEAR INTO ACTIONWith the announcement last week, that several major U.S. cities would be terrorized by the cruel machine known as ICE, our family was once again forced to imagine what it would be like if we were separated and what our plan of action would be if this actually happened. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE