2/22/15: Sanctuary tour in Denver

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Angela, her husband Manrique, and New Sanctuary Movement organizer Nicole arrived in Denver, Colorado late Friday night in the first leg of our three-city Sanctuary tour. After Angela stopped her final order of deportation after 58 days in a public Sanctuary campaign, we decided to go visit the other three people still fighting their cases in Sanctuary churches. The first step is Denver, where Arturo Hernandez has been in Sanctuary for 4 months.

During our first day of the tour, at First Unitarian Church of Denver with Arturo and the Metro Denver Sanctuary coalition, we had the opportunity to meet Arturo and his wife Ana and others organizing alongside them. After a welcome lunch, we had a workshop to share ideas about Arturo’s campaign and discuss New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. Angela and Manrique talked about their successful Sanctuary campaign and the key ingredients it took to win. In the evening, we continued talking campaign strategy, prayed together, and enjoyed some karaoke!

Today, Sunday February 22, we attended the First Unitarian service alongside Ana and Arturo, and Angela had the opportunity to speak to the congregation. After the unitarian service, Manrique, Angela, Arturo, and Ana prayed together in their Catholic tradition and continued brainstorming to help Arturo win his case as soon as possible.

Angela says, “I feel very happy to have met Ana and Arturo and we’ve shared some beautiful moments with them. I hope that they feel good about our visit and now have a little more hope and spirit.”

Arturo shares that, “I’m happy. I’m really pleased that they’ve come here. I like the ideas about how to work on the campaign and learning about Angela’s experience in Sanctuary. I’m very happy to a have met you all.”

We are so grateful to Arturo, Ana, the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, and the First Unitarian Society of Denver for showing us beautiful hospitality during our first leg of the Sanctuary tour as well as for their bold action in support of immigrant families. We’re going to keep supporting Arturo until he wins!

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Angela, su marido Manrique, y organizadora del Nuevo Movimiento Santuario Nicole llegaron a Denver, Colorado la noche del viernes en la primera etapa de nuestro tour de Santuario. Después de Angela detuvo su orden final de deportación después de 58 días en una campaña pública Santuario, decidimos ir a visitar las otras tres personas todavía luchan sus casos en las iglesias de Santuario. La primera ciudad es Denver, todo esta Arturo Hernández quien ha estado en Santuario por 4 meses.

Durante nuestro primer día de la gira, en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de Denver con Arturo y la coalición Metro Denver Sanctuary, tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer a Arturo y su esposa Ana y otros que organizan junto a ellos. Después de un almuerzo de bienvenida, tuvimos un taller para compartir ideas acerca de la campaña de Arturo y discutir Nuevo Movimiento Santuario de Filadelfia. Angela y Manrique hablaron de su campaña Santuario éxito y los ingredientes clave que se tardó en ganar. Por la tarde, continuamos hablando estrategia de campaña, oramos juntos, y disfrutamos un poco de karaoke!

Hoy, domingo 22 de febrero, asistió a la Primera servicio Unitaria junto Ana y Arturo, y Angela tenido la oportunidad de hablar a la congregación. Después del servicio unitario, Manrique, Angela, Arturo, y Ana oraron juntos en su tradición católica y continuaron la lluvia de ideas para ayudar a Arturo ganar su caso tan pronto como sea posible.

Angela dice, “Me siento muy contenta de haber conocerlos y compartir algunos momentos muy lindos con ellos. Espero que se sintieran bien con nuestra visita y que se sientancon un poco mas de esperanza y de animo.”

Arturo comparte que “Estoy contento. Me da un gusto que hayan venido. Me gustan las ideas que tienen de como trabajar y escuchar como fue su experiencia de Angela en Santuario. Muy contentos de haberles conocidos a uds.”
Manrique, el esposo de Angela, dice que “Soy feliz de haber venido aqui. Aunque no vivimos en la misma ciudad, como Catolicos somos hermanos. Es una amistad nueva y que sea una amistad que siga.”
Estamos muy agradecidos a Arturo, Ana, la Coalición Santuario metropolitana de Denver, y la Primera Sociedad Unitaria de Denver por mostrarnos hermoso hospitalidad durante nuestra primera etapa de la gira Santuario, así como por su acción audaz en apoyo de las familias inmigrantes. Vamos a mantener el apoyo a Arturo hasta que gane!
Ana, la esposa de Arturo
A mi me encanta el apoyo el apoyo espiritual que nos han dado, y como canta Angela.
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