Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Where: Meet in Love Park at the LOVE statue at 3 pm
View Walk A Mile In Our Shoes March Route in a larger map
Sunday, August 7, 2011
FEDERAL SOLUTIONS Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries—not Pennsylvania and other countries. We urge Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to ensure smart and effective enforcement of federal laws that protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Pennsylvania.
LAW ENFORCEMENT We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.
FAMILIES Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Pennsylvania residents.
ECONOMY Pennsylvania is best served by a well balanced free market that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Pennsylvania has the third oldest population in the nation and many young immigrant families have replenished our workforce and have acted as caretakers for our elderly and children. Pennsylvania’s immigration policies must be fair and friendly both to businesses and workers who choose to establish themselves here, in order to strengthen our economic role nationally and globally.
A FREE AND WELCOMING SOCIETY The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has attracted diverse groups of people from many nations and various walks of life, all seeking liberty and prosperity. It was in this spirit that the United States of America was founded – in Pennsylvania. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion—as envisioned by our founder William Penn. The way that we treat newcomers sends a message about our state to the rest of the world.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Bad news -- So what does that really mean? If you're from Mexico, it will be about an 18 year long wait. From the Phillipines, 15 years. Other countries, maybe 7 years.
Check out this article and the accompanying graphic for a breakdown of the current wait times for family-sponsored visas and employment-based visas.
It’s no secret that applying for residence in the United States can be a complicated process. Even when all the paperwork is in, there’s still a long wait involved, a wait that is determined by a complicated equation that balances the demand and supply of employment and family-unification visas the U.S. grants. As a result, some applicants have been waiting in line for more than 10 years, others for more than 20 years, according to the State Department’s most recent count.
Read entire article at http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/07/visa.html
Friday, July 8, 2011
Inch by inch. Row by row. Someone bless these seeds I sow!
- Wear your NSM t-shirt for this event! If you still need to buy one, you can purchase t-shirts on-line at www.sanctuaryphiladelphia.org.
- Bring garden tools (rake, hoe, shovel, watering can) to carry in the procession! We want to show Philadelphia we're counting on a harvest of justice.
- Bring your personal letters for the District Attorney and the Mayor on July 12th if you haven't already turned those in. For more information about the letter writing campaign and how you can participate, email NSM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
From the Center for American Progress -- A great summary of costs of the E-Verify program, the government’s Internet-based work authorization system. The graphic highlights the system’s known costs, such as lost tax revenue and monetary burdens on small businesses, and estimates the costs of additional fiscal burdens—to individuals verified through the system, to employers utilizing the system, and to the federal government in running the system—absent from much of the dialogue. E-Verify expands the size of government while decreasing revenue, places a crushing burden on small businesses, and imposes a “jobs tax” on ordinary Americans.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Four students from Philadelphia will receive a Freedom of Fear award for organizing against the violence at South Philadelphia High School where many immigrant students were harassed and terrorized. By standing up for their human right for a safe and non-violent place to learn, they brought the community and the Philadelphia School District to account.
Other awardees include several Dream Activists, the founders of No More Deaths, and the former Phoenix police chief
Thursday, June 9, 2011
It is uncertain, if the state can even opt out of the program. “States like New York signed contracts with the Department of Homeland Security to enter Secure Communities, and now the administration insists that they must participate.” The need for real immigration reform is evident.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
- Discuss tools for building a campaign, focusing on information gathering strategies, from public records requests to documentation of violations and abuses. Presenters will outline different methods advocates can use to map the particulars of ICE’s presence in an individual community, describe typical obstacles to the data collection process, and suggest ways to overcome those obstacles.
- How to use the information gathered through the tactics described in Part One to mount impactful campaigns against ICE ACCESS programs. Presenters will describe strategies in policy, legislation, litigation, and messaging, and offer examples of ways that other communities have combined these strategies to target particular audiences in particular political climates.
According to ICE, this national program targets dangerous criminals who pose a threat to public safety. The reality on the ground is the opposite. Based on statistics from ICE:
- Philadelphia is 5th in the nation for “non-criminal” deportations of immigrants
- 61% of all immigrants deported from Philadelphia are deported prior to any charges being brought or without any criminal conviction
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
--- Excerpt from "Immigration - The Next Prison Boom?" article
Take 2 minutes right now to watch this new video about the US detention system and connections to private -- for profit -- prisons. Then check out the website immigrantsforsale.org for more information.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
• Governor Quinn sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security announcing the state’s withdrawal from Secure Communities stating that, although the purpose of the program is the deportation of immigrants "convicted of serious criminal offenses …, by ICE's own measure, less than 20% of those who have been deported from Illinois under the program have ever been convicted of a serious crime."
• The Illinois State Senate passed a local Dream Act bill that will allow for management of privately funded scholarships and other financial aid to help support Dreamers attend college.
From the Chicago Tribune
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
- The worship service will be in Spanish and English -- songs/prayers/sermon/
communion. Various members of our CBC Immigration Justice Group will be worship leaders.
- Our guest preacher for the day is Rev. Doug Avilesbernal, from Calvary Baptist Church in Norristown, one of our sister congregations. Doug is a wonderfully warm and wise person. He is Mexican, but grew up in El Salvador. In Norristown, Doug is personally and pastorally involved with the Mexican immigrant community.
- The service will include communion, which at CBC is always open, with everyone invited to take part in sharing the common bread and the cup as an expression of God's radical welcome.
- To close the worship time, a Mexican folkloric dance group from Norristown will perform "Las Chiapanecas" -- a folk dance from the State of Chiapas, Mexico.
- We'll have some time after the service for conversation and refreshments.
We're hoping this will be a good way to continue to reflect on immigration justice following the New Sanctuary Movement retreat hosted at Mishkan Shalom on Saturday, April 30th. Remember, too, that the New Sanctuary retreat will begin with participating in Mishkan's Shabbat service at 10am. Let me know if you need details about the retreat plans.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
In addition, many Tunisian refugees fleeing turmoil in their country are hoping to settle in Europe.
Italy is the point of entrance, but many migrants, especially the French speaking, want to continue on to France. The Italian govenment is both trying to limit access to their ports and to argue that this is a European problem, not an Italian problem. France is acting to tighten their borders with Italy.
This is both a humanitarian and a political crisis. How can Europe support protest in Northern Africa and refuse to accept refugees created by the turmoil? How can Europe claim to be a Union and not share the burden of migration? Read on.
The website for the International Organization for Migration (http://www.iom.int/), currently running rescue boats out of Misrata, has constant updates.
The New York Times is staying current as well. On April 13 they published an article -- "Fears about Immigrants Deepen Divisions in Europe" -- recording divisions in the European Union over the flood of immigrants feeling the unrest in North Africa. Read the article.
They followed this with an article on April 15 -- "Libyan Port City Brims with Migrants Desperate to Flee Seige" -- narrating the story of hundreds of migrant workers clustered at the port of Misrata awaiting rescue. Read the article.
An article on April 20 -- "On Journey to New Lives, Young Tunisians Need Only a Final Destination" -- concentrates on Tunisian refugees seeking to settle in France, but being caught in the political struggle over immigration between Italy and France. Read the article.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Rarely has one person done so much to structure a major cause, or done it so far from the public eye. Dr. Tanton has raised millions of dollars, groomed protégés and bequeathed institutions, all while running an ophthalmology practice nearly 800 miles from Capitol Hill.
“He is the most influential unknown man in America,” said Linda Chavez, a former aide to President Ronald Reagan, who once led a Tanton group that promoted English-only laws.
While Dr. Tanton’s influence has been extraordinary, so has his evolution — from apostle of centrist restraint to ally of angry populists and a man who increasingly saw immigration through a racial lens.
Read full article here
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
1. Immigrants are called 'criminal aliens' even though immigrant crime rates are lower then non-immigrant crime rates. In the early 1900’s, Jewish immigrants were also scapegoated for urban crime.
2. The 1996 immigration laws cut off pathways to legalize for vast numbers of immigrants. Many hard working people want to legalize but have NO options to do so. Deportations have skyrocketed – 400,000 people were deported in 2009 alone.
3. Arizona-style immigration legislation is being introduced in Pennsylvania to encourage reporting 'reasonably suspected' individuals. 'Love your neighbor' is being changed to report on your neighbor.
4. Many refugees in life-threatening danger cannot get refugee status, because they cannot prove they were personally singled out for persecution according to the details of these restrictive laws.
5. Immigration policies are ripping apart families. Undocumented parents who are picked up for minor infractions or 'caught working' are getting deported forcing some to abandon their children.
6. Undocumented immigrants fear deportation and become vulnerable to hate crimes and other crimes because they won’t go to the police.
7. There are no exceptions for those brought here as children. Even if the United States is the only country they know, because the DREAM Act failed, they are just as vulnerable to deportation.
8. A politically charged initiative is developing that would hurt children by attempting to deny citizenship to those born in the U.S.A. to undocumented parents.
9. Immigrants are subject to economic exploitation and marginalization. Employers pay low wages and even legal immigrants are not eligible for food stamps and other safety-net benefits.
10. Undocumented immigrants are called 'illegals' or 'alien invaders.' This language disregards the Torah’s teaching that there is a Divine spark in each person and we are all made b’tzelem Elo-him, in God’s image."
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
April 7th, Vigil for Maria Marroquin, Activist from Pennsylvania,
and 6 Other Undocumented Youth Arrested in Georgia
WHAT: – DreamActivist Pennsylvania will hold a vigil in solidarity with 7 undocumented youth arrested in Atlanta, Georgia on April 7th, 2011. Maria Marroquin, co-founder of DreamActivist Pennsylvania and DreamActivist.org, was one of the seven arrested after participating in civil disobedience action. Undocumented youth and allies will pray and speak in support of Maria’s release from jail. Maria, along with the 6 other youth, may be turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We will light a candle in solidarity with the youth that were arrested by fighting for equality and justice.
WHO: Immigrant youth, educators, and community members will come together in unity and declare which side they fall on. Prior to her arrest, Maria Marroquin stated that “We need to come out and we need to show this nation that we are undocumented and unafraid and will accept nothing less than equality
Today, I will be participating in a sit-in action. I will most likely be arrested and placed into deportation proceedings. I am willing to risk all of this because my current situation is unbearable. It took me nearly five years to graduate with a two-year degree paying out-of-state tuition. I don't complain about it; however, I can't stand by knowing that my little brother and sister will have to follow the same path.”
WHERE: Pennsylvania Senator Toomey’s Office, 1628 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA.
WHEN: Thursday, April 7th at 5PM
WHY: Undocumented youth will no longer remain in the shadows. They decided it’s the right time to come out as unafraid and through that empower other youth to take action in Pennsylvania. Maria Marroquin and other undocumented youth are asking the American public and Presidents of Universities to choose a side. The bans on education are spreading across the country, and we will not allow for Pennsylvania to follow Georgia’s path of banning undocumented students from their universities.
Please join us as we show our support for the 7 undocumented youth that put their bodies on the line. They risked it all for other undocumented youth, let's show which side we are on by coming together at the vigil Tomorrow, April 7th at 5PM
Please feel welcome to contact us with any questions or concerns: email@example.com
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Broad Street Ministries
315 S. Broad Street (across from Kimmel Center)
Debaters will discuss the impact of local policies on the relationships between immigrant communities, citizen communities and the city government.
Topics will include:
1. city security policies that encourage or prevent racial profiling; 2. police response to domestic violence situations;
3. language access in linguistically diverse neighborhoods;
4. immigrant-friendly schools; and, especially, the pros and cons of the current information-sharing agreement between the Philadelphia Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security's office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Pro: Sarah Paoletti, JD Practice Associate Professor of
Law, University of Pennsylvania Director, Transnational Legal
Clinic, Advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and protection of human rights for all immigrants.
Con: Stu Bykofsky
Sut Bykofsky columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News since 1987, Member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and Philadelphia's Pen and Pencil Club. He is a strong proponent of legal immigration and specifically opposes illegal immigration, as he opposes illegality in general.
First District and At Large Candidates for City Council will be asked to state their position on these important issues following the debate.
Co-sponsors of this event: New Sanctuary Movement, JUNTOS, Broad Street Ministries, Central Baptist Church Immigration Justice Group (Wayne, PA), HIAS Migration and Council, Friends of Farmworkers, Arch St. United Methodist Church, Institute for Community Justice, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Philly Childcare Collective, Rights Working Group, Democracia Ahora PA, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Congressman John Lewis -- Civil Rights leader and chairman of SNCC -- at immigration justice rally in Georgia on March 24th -- "If any of you get arrested & go to jail, I'm prepared to get arrested & go to jail with you. If any of us are arrested, are put in jail, then we all should be put in jail. The jails of Georgia, the jails of America aren't large enough to hold all of us! So get out there! Make some noise! Work hard & we will get justice here in the state of GA & all around America. Speak up, speak out & organize!"
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate (Sorens and Hwang)
Listen to the Children / Escuchemos a los ninos (Conde-Frazer ), in both English and Spanish, that outlines issues faced by immigrant families in a non-proselytizing biblical framework.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
|Marta DeAngulo and Eastern University students at the Dream Act rally|
Here's info about an opportunity to support young people from Pennsylvania who will be traveling to Georgia for a national DreamActivist training in early April.
FROM DREAMACTIVIST PENNSYLVANIA:
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS --
UNDOCUMENTED / UNAFRAID / UNAPOLOGETIC
1pm to 3pm Saturday, March 19th, at Independence Mall (next to Independence Visitor Center)
March 14 - 21 has been declared National Coming Out Week, the time when undocumented youth break the silence and tell a friend, teacher, facebook, or others of their immigration status. March 19th, 2011, the undocumented youth of Pennsylvania will come out of the shadows. We will declare ourselves undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic to our community. Now is the time to fight back and make sure that everyone know that we are still not afraid and will not be silenced! Rally with us and our allies! Out of the shadows and into the streets!
Accompaniment - Betsy Morgan
Education - Linda Houser
Arts - Yatz Marcano
Political Action - Ryan Paetzold
Worship - Joe Leonard
Networking - Caroline Cargo