Angela Navarro wins Sanctuary

The 11 best moments of 2015

Thanks to our 19 member congregations and hundreds of individual members, this has been the biggest year yet for New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. THANK YOU and here’s to an even bigger 2016 with more justice for all our families, regardless of immigration status.
Gracias a nuestras 19 congregaciones miembros y cientos de miembros individuales, esto ha sido el an~o mas grande por el Nuevo Movimiento Santuario de Philadelphia. GRACIAS, y trabajaremos con mas fuerza en 2016 para ganar justicia para todas nuestras familias, sin importar su estatus migratorio. 

Check out our top 11 moments from the year/Aqui estan los 11 mejores momentos del an~o:

  1. January: Our member Angela, a Honduran mother with two children, beat her final deportation order after living in Sanctuary in West Kensington Ministry for 58 days!
    Enero: Nuestra miembro Angela, una madre hondurena con dos hijos, vencio su orden final de deportacion despues de vivir en Santuario en West Kensington Ministry por 58 dias! 

2. March: We traveled to Denver, Tucson, and Phoenix to provide support for immigrants still fighting their final deportation orders in Sanctuary congregations!
Marzo: Viajamos a Denver, Tucson, y Phoenix para apoyar a los inmigrantes que todavia estaban luchando contra su orden final de deportacion en Santuario! 


3. June: We delivered 3,000 letters by clergy and people of faith in support of driver’s licenses for all to the Chairs of the PA House Transportation Committee, Reps. Taylor and Keller.
Junio: Entregamos 3,000 cartas por cleros y personas de fe en apoyo de licencias para todos a los politicos que lideran el Comite de Transportacion en la Casa de Representantes en Pennsylvania, Representantes Taylor y Keller. 


4. July: Legislation for driver’s licenses for undocumented Pennsylvanians was re-introduced into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. We brought over 100 people together for a press conference and celebration in Harrisburg.
Julio: Se re-introdujo el proyecto de ley por licencias de conducir para los inmigrantes en la Casa de Representantes en Pennsylvania. Llevamos mas de 100 personas a Harrisburg por una conferencia de prensa y celebracion. 


5. August: State-wide retreat for the #PALicenses4All campaign with the Alianza state-wide coalition, bringing together immigrants from Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Chambersburg, York, Reading, and more! We’re so excited to work our coalition partners on this campaign.
Agosto: Retiro estatal por la campana #PALicenciasParaTodos con la coalicion “La Alianza,” y nos reunimos en grupo inmigrantes de varias organizaciones tales como Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Chambersburg, York, Reading, y mas! Estamos muy emocionados de trabajar en coalicion en esta campana. 


6. September: Our member Alejandra calls for immigrant justice on the same stage as Pope Francis in front of a crowd of thousands.
Septiembre: Nuestra miembro Alejandra habla por justicia para los inmigrantes en el mismo escenario del Papa Francisco en frente de miles de personas. 


7. October: This years class of Leadership School graduates, armed with new leadership and organizing skills.
Octubre: La clase de la Escuela de Liderazgo se gradua y han aprendido nuevas habilidades de organizar y liderar. 


8. November: Mayor Nutter announces he wants to rescind major components of Philadelphia’s anti-deportation policy and the Philadelphia Family Unity Network mobilizes hundreds of people and 105 organizations across the country to fight back.
Noviembre: El Alcalde Nutter anuncia que quiere deshacer componentes grandes de la Orden Ejecutiva anti-deportacion de Philadelphia y la coalicion Red de Unidad Familiar de Philadelphia mobiliza cientos de personas y 105 organizaciones a traves del pais para luchar. 

9. DecemberWe attend Mayor Elect Kenney’s townhall forum and our member Estela shares her story of her car being impounded by the police on the way to the forum. Kenney expresses his support and helps her get her car back!
Diciembre: Asistimos al foro del nuevo alcalde Kenney y nuestra miembro Estela comparte que la policia le quito su carro cuando ella estaba rumbo al foro. Kenney expreso su apoyo y le ayudo a recuperar su carro. 


10. December8 New Sanctuary Movement members and supports – undocumented people, clergy, and citizens – risk arrest and shut down City Hall to protest Mayor Nutter’s deportations. We are attacked by the police but stand strong and united against all deportations.
Diciembre: 8 miembros del Nuevo Santuario – gente indocumentada, cleros, y ciudadanos – cierran la Alcaldia para protestar las deportaciones del Alcalde Nutter. Fuimos atacados por la policia pero estamos firmes y unidos contra todas las deportaciones. 

11. Throughout the year: We gained new member congregations and now have 19 official member congregations! Welcome to Santa Juana de Arco, Holy Innocents Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Oxford Circle Mennonite!
Por todo el an~o: Ganamos nuevas congregaciones miembros y ahora tenemos 19 congregaciones oficiales! Damos la bienvenida a Santa Juana de Arco, la Parroquia Santos Inocentes, Santo Tomas de Aquino, y Oxford Circle Mennonite! 


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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.