Participants bring a moral voice to shift the immigration debate as they publicly share their stories of the impact of deportations on their own lives to say “Not One More” and demand the President suspend the deportations as Congress seeks immigration reform.
With more than 1,100 people deported each day, deportations are causing a crisis with families and children separated from their loved ones at the center. We ask President Obama to use his executive power to suspend deportation as Congress seeks a just immigration reform.
For immigration reform to be considered comprehensive it must protect workers’ rights and civil rights, reject militarization, and eliminate the barriers to the path to citizenship so it is inclusive of all those who call the US home and are awaiting legalization.
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia is an interfaith, multicultural immigrant rights coalition. We believe immigrant communities should lead the movement for immigrant justice while allies support and stand in solidarity with them.
From June 22 to July 31, New Sanctuary Movement is holding 40 Days of Action, Fasting, and Prayer for Immigrant Justice to demand that the City of Philadelphia end all collaboration with ICE , which has resulted in mass deportations; and that Pennsylvania elected representatives vote YES for just and humane federal immigration reform. Over 70 individuals and 13 faith communities are fasting and praying for immigration justice with NSM. We will break our 40 day fast with a community meal on July 31. We invite Senator Toomey, Mayor Nutter, District Attorney Williams, and President Judge Neifield to join us and pledge their support for just immigration policies on July 31st.
While we go without food for 40 days, millions of immigrants are separated from their families for indefinite periods of time because of unjust immigration policy. At this critical time, we draw upon our powerful faith traditions and the legacy of social movements to call for 40 days of:
-Public demonstrations, rallies, and vigils
-Fasting by immigrants, allies, and faith leaders
-Prayerful events in Philadelphia-area faith communities
-Meetings with public officials
-Workshops on spiritual non-violence and immigrant justice
-Public testimonies by immigrant families facing deportation
Schedule of 40 Days events:
Sunday, June 30: Worship service at Philadelphia Praise Center
Members of the Praise Center will hold a rolling fast from June 29 – July 5.
Wednesday, July 3: A non eating Un-Barbecue Party at the Liberty Bell to demand that Philadelphia extend liberty to immigrant members of our community by ending police/ice collaboration
Sunday, July 7: Worship service at Central Baptist Church of Wayne
Members of Central Baptist Church will hold a rolling fast from July 6 – July 12.
Friday, July 12: Central Baptist Church of Wayne holds a break-the-fast celebration to end their week of fasting.
Saturday, July 13: Members of Mishkan Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue will will hold a rolling fast from July 13 – July 19.
Sunday, July 14: Worship service at Tabernacle Church in honor of NSM’s campaign
Monday, July 15: Vigil outside of York County Detention Facility and visit inside to people in deportation proceedings.
Sunday, July 20: Worship service at Visitation BVM Church
Members of Visitation will hold a rolling fast between Saturday, July 19 – 26.
Monday, July 29: Interfaith worship service at Calvary Center for Culture and Community with West Philly Mennonite, Calvary United Methodist Church, and Kol Tzedek synagogue.
Sunday, July 27: Worship service at St. Vincent de Paul Church
Members of St. Vincent’s will hold a rolling fast between July 27 – 31.
Wednesday, July 31: Public action to break the fast with all NSM members and supporters at Arch St UMC’s Nicholls Hall from 6pm – 8pm. We invite all NSM members, supporters, sponsoring organizations, and elected officials to attend this community meal to show their support for just and humane immigration policies locally.
We also invite you to our community forum on comprehensive immigration reform if you have been directly affected by the lack of a reform policy. This forum will be in Spanish. We will learn in detail what the specifics are around the proposed bill proposed in Congress so that we can clarify the confusion in our community and move forward with concrete action steps for each of us to participate in this critical conversation. The forum will also take place in the Community Center at St. Andrew’s Church located at 806 NE Alberta St Portland, OR 97211.
NotOneMoreDeportation.com is a project of NDLON meant to foster collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
As the immigration debate continues, #Not1More enters the discussion from the place that touches people in concrete ways and can offer tangible relief. By collectively challenging unfair deportations and inequality through organizing, art, legislation, and action, we aim to reverse criminalization, build migrant power, and create immigration policies based on principles of inclusion.
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