4 Ways to Fight Trump

NSM launches massive campaign to fight Trump’s extremist anti-immigrant agenda.  Sign up today!

This is terrifying. Trump’s campaign of hate, racism and exclusion took the White House.  The backlash of white voters was harsh and strong, and Trump’s rhetoric now has the power of the White House behind it.
  
Immigrant members respond to the election results:

“I am speechless.  I am in shock.  I am meditating on the Bible verse this morning asking ‘who is our brother and sister?’  My undocumented brother and sister are my family.  I ask God to give me direction to respond to this situation.”
– Rev. Aldo Siahaan of Philadelphia Praise Center

“This is just tragic.  It is incredulous. As an immigrant who knows so many who have struggled, still struggling, I have no words.  I have hope and I am not despairing, but the deeper my resolve is about standing against hatred and oppression.”
– Teresa Leduna of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church

“This hate and racism has always been here in this country –  we live it every day.  Trump’s victory has just brought it to the surface for everyone to see.  Now is our opportunity to fight it head on.”
– Undocumented NSM member

“I have to be strong for my children.  They have a lot of fear that we will be separated, and for this reason, we must keep moving forward and we need to fight until the end.”
– Leticia Melchor of St Joan of Arc Church

As people of faith, in times of hatred and persecution, we respond with fierce love and compassion.  With courage and faith.  With risk and solidarity.  With bold action.

This morning, we find strength in Psalm 46:  “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in distress.  Therefore, we fear not, though the Earth be shaken and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.”

Let us ground ourselves deeply in our traditions and get organized for the struggle ahead.

 

We need a massive escalation of our faith rooted work. Here are four ways you can act:
 

1.  Emergency escalation of Sanctuary in the Streets.  In the next two months, we will be recruiting 1,000 people to disrupt immigration raids.  We will host nonviolent action trainings throughout the next two months to train and prepare.  To sign up, please email maria@www.sanctuaryphiladelphia.org.

2.  Doubling our congregations.  We will need to double our efforts to stop Trump’s mass deportations and anti-immigrant agenda, and this starts with doubling our membership.  Please email peter@www.sanctuaryphiladelphia.org if you have contacts at another congregation that may be interested in joining the movement for immigrant justice.

3.  Building our Staff.  Organizing on this level will require the funds and staff to do so.  We have built a strong and effective community, and now is the time to build on that.  We are launching a campaign to raise $70,000 to hire two more organizers.  Click here to donate today.  

4.  Join us for a member meeting on Thursday, 11/10 at 6pm at Visitation BVM’s cafeteria to debrief the results and lay out next steps.  Visitation is at 300 E. Lehigh Ave.  The cafeteria is in the basement of the school, which is to the left of the church. 

We will also be working with the National Sanctuary Movement, connecting with congregations and organizations across the country to strategize a broad, national faith based movement.

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Immigrant led Community Organizing

Our staff manages our campaigns and programs while our members join our working committees to inform our programming, choose our campaigns, and plan our strategies to win. Through conversation and listening, our members and the community on the ground are the ones directing the organization. When people reach out to NSM, they connect with someone who speaks their language, looks like them, and is committed to empowering immigrant communities because they understand their journey and struggle. At NSM, our communities see their peers guiding our mission, creating trust, and allowing members to recognize NSM as an immigrant-led organization.
NSM works to lift the skills of the affected community and dismantle systems of oppression while promoting systems of mutual support, collective liberation, and respect for all people, which is why we provide interpretation services, respect childcare needs, schedule our sessions during times that work best for members who work multiple jobs or cannot meet in person, and allow members to inform us about their individual needs before meetings.
The community leads our work at every level to eliminate unnecessary barriers and meet the varied needs of our members.

Leadership Development

Our Leadership Development Program is a step in recruiting and training new leaders and training. The program blends the skills and experiences members bring from their home countries with NSM’s signature faith-rooted and anti-racist organizing model.

We have curricula for each level of membership, which includes workshops on the history of detention, community organizing, nonviolent protest, campaign strategy, and ongoing anti-racism training. Our programming encourages immigrant leaders to find their voice, understand the power of collective resistance, and join a community of immigrant leaders fighting for transformational systemic changes rooted in social and economic justice.

Leading this initiative is Bertha Murcia, one of NSM's Community Organizers. She is an alumna of NSM’s Promotoras de Justicia immigrant leadership program and oversees member engagement.

Build Community Power

NSM’s organizing efforts emphasize community building, inviting people to new roles, deepening Black and Brown solidarity, long-term leadership development, and impactful campaigns.

We build a base of people from our 33 congregations and Accompaniment Team and direct that people-power to fight specific campaigns. Staff members work with immigrant members to choose our campaigns, guide our strategies, lead events, and ensure our work is focused on meeting the needs of Philadelphia’s various immigrant communities.

Having a hands-on role in changing policy allows our members to gain a sense of empowerment, confidence, and self-respect. Empowering immigrants of color to organize collectively is part of NSM’s long haul work to create a people-powered movement for immigrant justice.