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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