New Sanctuary

275+ Pennsylvania clergy sign letter against Obama’s raids!

On January 2, 2016, the Obama Administration began a series of deportation raids targeting Central American refugee families who fled their countries in fear for their lives. The raids could come at any moment to Pennsylvania. New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, an interfaith immigration justice organization, has an open sign-on letter (below) from clergy, faith […]

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We Win Phila City Council Resolution to #StopTheRaids

Philadelphia – On Thursday, January 28, Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution condemning the Obama Administration’s recent deportation raids focused on Central American refugees. The resolution was sponsored by Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez with Councilwoman Helen Gym as the co-sponsor. The resolution passed 16-1, with only Councilman Brian O’Neil voting against. Councilmembers Quinones Sanchez, Gym,

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Know Your Rights trainings in immigrant congregations

To help our immigrant members fight back against the raids, we’re holding a series of Know Your Rights trainings in our immigrant member congregations. We’ve held trainings in Spanish at Holy Innocents Parish, Santa Juana de Arco, and Annunciation BVM Parish (for congregants of Annunciation and St Thomas Aquinas), and in Indonesian at St Thomas

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Legal Report on Live Stop from Sheller Center at Temple Law

We are happy to have worked with the Sheller Center for Social Justice at the Temple University Beasley School of Law on a report about this devastating law entitled “Live Stop: A Law of Unintended Consequences.” As a result of months of legal research, the Sheller Center’s research clearly demonstrates that the Philadelphia Police Department

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Victory! Mayor Kenney ends all police-ICE collaboration on his first day in office!

Philadelphia Mayor Kenney fulfills his promise to the immigrant community and signs an Executive Order on his very first day in office, stopping all collaboration between Philadelphia Police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Less than two weeks after Mayor Nutter changed the anti-deportation policy for political gain, Mayor Kenney’s action returns the city’s policy to

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Hand-delivering bread made by undocumented workers on Kenney’s first day as mayor

On Monday, January 4, 2016, Mayor Kenney’s first day in office, we hand-delivered him bread made by undocumented workers immediately following his inauguration. NSM leader Gerardo handed the bread to Mayor Kenney, who told us “This isn’t over!” We hope Mayor Kenney follows through with his promise to re-instate the Executive Order ending all police-ICE

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