Opportunities to speak out for immigration justice

January 05, 2017

National Justice for Our Neighbors has shared the following opportunities for those who want to take action on immigration issues.
NEUMC events/resources
Day-long workshop 

“Standing Together: Justice for and with our Immigrant Neighbors” is a day-long series of workshops and information sessions for immigrants and their allies who want to engage in immigration justice. The event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Woburn UMC. Learn more

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Sign letters on Cabinet nominees

Church World Service is calling on faith leaders to sign on to letters to elected representatives about the following:
Congress will consider nominations for leaders of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). President-elect Trump has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Major General John Kelly for DHS Secretary. Before they can enter office, the U.S. Senate must consider whether the nominees meet the high standards to fulfill their responsibilities and reflect the values our nation stands for.
We are asking faith leaders to stand in solidarity with refugees and immigrants by signing two faith leader letters to ensure our leaders enshrine our values of welcome, compassion, and hospitality.
  • Click here to oppose Sen. Sessions' appointment as Attorney General. Sen. Sessions has built a career grounded in xenophobic, racist rhetoric that has served only to galvanize acts of hate. The U.S. Senate has already rejected Sen. Sessions' candidacy for political appointment before for his racist statements. Sen. Sessions has not changed and has strong ties to anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim extremist groups. 
  • Click here to express concern over General Kelly's appointment to DHS Secretary and reject any appointment of Kris Kobach. As the nominee for DHS Secretary, many are concerned that General Kelly's background overseeing U.S. military operations will lead to the militarization of immigration enforcement. The President-elect is also considering nominating Kris Kobach for political appointment to DHS. Mr. Kobach is a longstanding dangerous and divisive voice that has cultivated white supremacists around the country. He has authored racially-motivated, unconstitutional, and hateful legislation that would have discriminated against our immigrant neighbors.

Help create video supporting refugees

Refugee resettlement agencies are asking refugees, volunteers, and community supporters to write letters to President-elect Trump about what the refugee resettlement program means to them. They are also encouraging communities to send copies of family photographs, draw pictures, and share any other creative ideas to create a video that sends a powerful message asking Trump to welcome refugees. Please share this initiative with your community partners, but please do not post materials on social media or on your websites, as they want to compile all of the letters, drawings, photos, etc. and strategically unveil them all together. 
Please mail material to Meredith Owen, 110 Maryland Ave., NE, Suite 110, Washington, DC 20002, by Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

Join strategy webinar 

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition is hosting a webinar from 4-6 p.m. EST on Jan. 9, 2017. Participants passionate about immigration advocacy can meet together regionally by teams to strategize. The first part of the call will be updates and opportunities to engage in advocacy, followed by conversations between you and other folks in your state to discuss what makes the most sense for your specific context and policy makers. 
Please RSVP. To join the webinar, go to http://join.me/faith4immigration and follow the directions for audio and visual. For audio only call, dial +1.202.602.1295, Access Code: 354-977-836#.