Sanctuary in the Streets Update & Save-the-Dates!

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, our Sanctuary in the Streets trainings prepared over 650 people to offer rapid response in the event of ICE raids and mobilized a network of 1800 allies, while our ICE raid hotline numbers (English/Spanish and English/Indonesian) were distributed to thousands of immigrants in Philadelphia. Although further trainings for allies are on hold, we have continued to deepen our raid preparation work by setting up a network of raid confirmers, and by going door to door in immigrant neighborhoods to train folks on how to respond if ICE should come for their neighbors.

We have re-centered immigrant leadership for this work by convening a committee of immigrant members for Sanctuary in the Streets in late spring 2017. Since then the committee has been engaged in research, power-mapping, coalition-building, and long-term strategizing to clarify how ICE operates in Philadelphia, and what we need to do to expand and fortify what sanctuary looks like in our city. Recently, we did a call to action to demand that Mayor Kenney stand strong by our No ICE Holds policy in the face of new rules rolled out by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to punish sanctuary cities.

We are also taking action to create #sanctuaryfromthegroundup by strengthening bonds across communities and our spiritual resilience for the continued fight, not only to end deportations, detentions, and the criminalization of immigrants, but to dismantle institutionalized white supremacy that continues to harm communities of color in multiple ways. We believe that #loveisouronlylaw and we call on you to gather with us on these dates:

AUGUST 25, 6PM-MIDNIGHT (see flyers below)
Northwest Philly: Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave. Hosted by St. Vincent de Paul Society
West Philly: Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S. 48th Street. Hosted by Kol Tzedek Synagogue

SEPTEMBER 22, 6PM-MIDNIGHT
Vigil in South Philly (exact location TBA) hosted by St. Thomas Aquinas
Vigil in North Philly (exact location TBD) hosted by Holy Innocents Paris

OCTOBER 27, 6PM-MIDNIGHT
Vigil in Center City (exact location TBA)
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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.