Against ICE Holds

Members visit City Council to win support before hearings

In anticipation of the City Council public hearing on ICE holds, NSM members and clergy visit almost all members of City Council to educate them about the realities of deportation and ask for their support. This results in growing buzz within City Hall about the critical importance of ending all ICE holds, builds support for our movement, and gives …

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City Council unanimously votes to hold public hearing on police-ICE collaboration

Philadelphia, PA—November 21, 2013 — For the first time in Philadelphia’s history, City Council voted unanimously to hold public hearings on the collaboration between the Philadelphia Police Department and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). The resolution calling for the hearings was introduced by Councilmember Kenney and approved by all members.  Also, on the same morning, Councilmember Quinones-Sanchez introduced a bill that would supply …

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Public action to end 40 days of fasting, action, and prayer

At the end of the 40 days of action, fasting, and prayer, we held a public action and “break the fast” at member congregation Arch St UMC. The 125 people who fasted, and many more supporters, came together to eat, pray, share stories, and renew our commitment to the continued fight for immigrant justice. As …

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40 Days Action: Bread delivery to Mayor, Senator

As an action for the “40 Days of Action, Fasting, and Prayer campaign,” we held actions at Philadelphia City Hall and at the office of Senator Toomey. We delivered bread made by undocumented workers in Philadelphia to demonstrate how much immigrants contribute to our city and country; demand that Toomey support immigration reform; and demand …

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40 Days Action: Independence Day “Un-barbecue”

As a part of the “40 Days of Action, Fasting, and Prayer” campaign, we held an “un-barbecue” action on Independence Mall on July 3. Standing in front of the Liberty Bell and the building where the Constitution was signed, we called attention to the lack of liberty and justice for immigrants in the  U.S. because …

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Launch: 40 Days of Fasting, Action, and Prayer

As immigration reform is debated in Washington DC, hundreds of immigrants are deported out of Philadelphia because Mayor Nutter, District Attorney Williams, and President Judge Neifield give federal immigration officials a license to access to the Philadelphia Police Department’s database. This summer, we hold 40 days of action, fasting, and prayer to demand that: The …

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Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) coalition forms

Sensing momentum across the country and within Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) coalition is formed. PFUN members include 1 Love Movement, Juntos, New Sanctuary Movement, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia. Many of these organizations had already worked together in previous coalitions around this issue as well as …

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Re-launch of campaign against local deportations

After months of building and political education, we re-launch our organizing efforts to end Philadelphia’s collaboration with ICE on local deportations. At a public forum with immigrants, allies, and press, our immigrant leaders announced campaign strategy to stop ICE’s access to the Philadelphia policing database and the police handing over immigrants to ICE voluntarily.