How We Organize

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Through grassroots organizing led by affected immigrants, we fight and win immigrant justice campaigns with our members across nationality, faith, class, and immigration status. Our community organizing builds power in immigrant communities to alter the power imbalance, organizes direct action campaigns, builds the individual and collective capacity of the immigrant community and brings immigrant and ally communities together in solidarity to work for change.

We have immigrant justice teams in each of our member congregations, led by two to three Key Congregational Leaders and supported by New Sanctuary organizers. These teams meet monthly in their congregations to implement campaign tactics, develop critical organizing skills, analyze immigration issues, support healing as a community, and/or support the Accompaniment program. Every two months, we held General Assemblies, where congregants at all member congregations are invited to develop campaign strategy and tactics, as well as build our interfaith, multicultural community.

We hold regular strategy retreats with immigrant leaders to map out vision and strategy for our campaigns. Many of these leaders have been through our rigorous leadership development program and have been organizing successful campaigns with us for years.

Click here to see our Work Plan 2016, a vision of what we are doing this year.

Our campaign work is supported by ongoing programs that cultivate an organized and educated community. The Accompaniment Program pairs our members facing deportation with an ally congregation to develop long-term relationships and solidarity in order to beat the deportation. Through Know Your Rights workshops and the annual New Leadership School, NSM leaders are develop critical skills in leadership, community organizing, and political analysis, and are supported on their healing journeys.