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: firstname.lastname@example.org