Sanctuary for All: An Interfaith Day of Prophetic Action Standing with Immigrant and Refugee Families

Join faith, community, immigrant and civil rights, worker and labor leaders on Passover and Maundy Thursday--a special and holy time of year for many people--as we gather in sacred resistance to tell ICE to stop tearing families apart. 

Immigrant and refugee in Southern California are experiencing heightened anxiety, fear, and suffering. Locally, families like the Avelica-Gonzalez’s have reluctantly entered into the national spotlight after witnessing their father/husband Romulo’s detention en route to school. Due to both rhetoric and now enacted immigration enforcement practices under the current administration, many other families have experienced separation from their loved ones, or fear that it may come at any moment.

In the midst of this climate of uncertainty and fear, our faith traditions compel us to see, pray, and act to challenge injustice and suffering. We are entering the season of liberation which will culminate with the holidays of Passover and Easter. At the Passover seder liturgy it is traditional to recall that we were liberated from slavery in Egypt by a God who despised oppression. We learn anew every year that as we were liberated, so too others can be liberated. Moreover, our redemption is dependent on their redemption. For Jews, this Season of our Freedom demands that we seek the Freedom of those not yet Free. For Christians, Maundy Thursday, just a few days before Easter, is a call to action in troubling times. 

We will not be idle in the face of increased, aggressive ICE enforcement wreaking havoc in our congregations, and impacting our friends, families, and neighbors. We call upon ICE to exercise their prosecutorial discretion to immediately provide relief and due process to local immigrant families affected by our current immigration system. We call on DHS and our government leaders at the highest levels of office to put a halt to the increased immigration enforcement--detentions, raids and deportations--that is creating fear and undermining public safety in our communities. We call on elected officials to work swiftly and cooperatively to enact comprehensive immigration reform, and not to divert much needed funds from communities to building a wall and creating a deportation force. At the state level, we call on the passage of critical pieces of legislation -- SB 54 (The California Values Act) and SB 6 (The Due Process for All Act) -- so that California will continue to lead the way in creating sanctuary for all -- ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all California families regardless of immigration status.

We call on all people of goodwill to create sanctuary spaces wherever possible, and to provide radical hospitality to the immigrant and refugee community. This event is being planned in partnership with Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, the Episcopal Sanctuary Task Force of the Diocese of Los Angeles, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, IKAR, and others.

Location information: We will gather at 10 AM at La Placita Olivera. We will march to another location for an interfaith ritual action in observance of the traditions of Passover, Maundy Thursday, and other participating faiths.

April 13, 2017 at 10am - 12pm
La Placita Olivera
125 Paseo de la Plz
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States
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Rabbi Aryeh Cohen ·

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