Defending PPD-ICE Separation

Fighting to Stop PA Anti-Sanctuary Bill, HB 1885

On Monday, Oct 17th, the PA House of Representatives passed HB 1885, the Anti-Sanctuary bill, 136-55.  The following week the bill passed out of the Senate Committee and is expected to come to a full vote on the week of October 24th, the last week of session. This is a very dangerous bill that will have serious consequences

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200+ PA Clergy deliver letter opposing Anti-Sanctuary bill, HB 1885

Members of the Pennsylvania faith community delivered a letter signed more than 200 faith leaders, urging state lawmakers to reject HB 1885, an anti-immigrant piece of legislation that creates an environment of discrimination against all immigrants.  Faith leaders urge the Pennsylvania legislature to recall how important the role of welcoming the immigrants is according the

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Thanking Mayor Kenney for standing strong as a Sanctuary City

After Mayor Kenney yet again re-affirmed Philadelphia’s status as a “Sanctuary City” – that all police and jails will not cooperate with ICE to deport community members out of our city – the Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) coalition delivered him our thank you in City Hall! Latino, Cambodian, and Indonesian immigrants delivered him a

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Philly stands strong as a Sanctuary City

Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson held a meeting with New Sanctuary Movement, the coalition Philadelphia Family Unity Network, Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, Councilwoman Helen Gym, representatives of Mayor Kenney’s office, and others. He came to convince us to give up our Sanctuary City policy and collaborate with ICE again through the Priorities Enforcement Program.

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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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Mayor Nutter re-starts local deportations 8 days before leaving office

Despite repeated and increasing objections from the community, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order re-instating connections between Philadelphia jails and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to use city resources to deport our community members. PFUN members attended the signing and chanted “shame, shame”. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney once again promised to end police-ICE collaboration, and NSM continues

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Reflection: Putting our bodies on the line to stop Nutter’s deportations

On Friday, December 11, 2015 in Philadelphia, eight New Sanctuary Movement members and supporters – undocumented people, clergy and citizens –  sat down at the public entrance and exit of City Hall in a non-violent direct action to protest Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s deportation plan.  Police promptly jumped on the group and pushed, kicked, and dragged the peaceful

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Civil Disobedience at City Hall: We shut it down!

At the 48 hour deadline for the “People’s Executive Order,” New Sanctuary Movement returned en masse to City Hall.  We sent a delegation into City Hall to confer with Mayor Nutter. Nutter’s administration repeated that he still planned to re-start local deportations. Upon hearing that, eight New Sanctuary Movement members (citizens, immigrants, and clergy) choose to

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