48-hour deadline for Mayor Nutter to sign the “People’s Executive Order”!

On Wednesday, December 9, the PFUN coalition delivered the “People’s Executive Order” ending all collaboration between police and ICE with a 48-hour deadline to sign it. We will rally on the north east corner of Philadelphia City Hall on Friday, December 11 at 11 am to see if Mayor Nutter supports his constituents or deportations. New Sanctuary Movement leader Estela handed the “People’s Executive Order” to Mayor Nutter’s representative at City Hall.


THE PEOPLE’S EXECUTIVE ORDER:

ENDING COLLABORATION BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA POLICE AND U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT

The Executive Order No. 1-14, “Policy Regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency Detainer Requests,” enacted on April 16, 2014 established Philadelphia as a national leader in the fight against deportations and unjust family separation.

This policy resulted in an increase in public safety, critical trust-building between immigrant communities and the City of Philadelphia, maintained family unity, and saved the City financial resources.

We believe that:

  • All people have the right to remain in their chosen communities, regardless of immigration status, economic status, country of origin, marital status, gender identity and history with the criminal legal system;

  • Deportations violate our moral, ethical, and faith values of honoring the justice and dignity of each individual;

  • Public safety is enhanced with increased trust between the City of Philadelphia and immigrant communities;

  • The City of Philadelphia is dedicated to expanding reentry programs for returning citizens based on values of redemption and second chances;

  • Cooperation with ICE directly facilitates the school to deportation pipeline by turning over juveniles to the criminal and deportation systems;

  • Collaboration between law enforcement and ICE is an issue that does not just affect people in the criminal system, but it affects victims who lose the ability to participate in their cases, families of those who are removed from their homes, employers who lose workers, and communities being devastated by the forced deportation of their leaders and their loved ones;

  • Leadership of immigrants, refugees and survivors of institutional, structural and interpersonal violence must be prioritized;

  • No one should be stigmatized or shamed because they are not deemed to be “deserving” of justice and redemption by a system that our communities did not create.

We, the People of Philadelphia, Resolve That the City Shall:

  1. Maintain Executive Order No. 1-14 in its current form, and no city official will cooperate with deportation requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);

  2. Refuse to hold any citizen or non-citizen under any program without a judicial warrant that complies with due process requirements of the constitution;

  3. Enhance safety and conserve resources in city facilities by prohibiting ICE staff from using city property to detain and interrogate Philadelphia residents, including police stations, prisons and all other city property;

  4. Cease active data sharing with ICE, including ending ICE access to the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS) and rejecting participation in Priorities Enforcement Program (PEP).

We call on Mayor Michael Nutter to fulfill his obligations by following the will of the people and signing The People’s Executive Order: Ending Collaboration Between Philadelphia Police and U.S. Customs and Enforcement.

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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.

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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.