From Faith Action Network: Many of you are already responding with compassion and care for your immigrant neighbors. We are always looking for additional resources to share with our statewide network to maximize the role faith communities can play in response to workplace raids, detentions, and deportations. With El Centro de la Raza and the Anti-Defamation League, FAN is hosting a Sensitive Location Webinar on Thursday, September 5, at noon. Spend your lunchtime with us as we talk about how places of worship are sensitive locations and can protect immigrants. Click here to register. Instructions will be shared for you to join via Zoom web conferencing once you register. We know in Yakima, faith communities have been engaged with the Yakima Immigrant Response Network in witnessing ICE flights and transportation to the Northwest Detention Center. They are hosting an ICE Raid Verifier Training next week, Thursday, August 29, at 6:30 at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima. From the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) there are several calls to action this week: “The core of our Deportation Defense strategy is rapid response teams. These teams work together to verify ICE activity so that we can report back to the community where ICE is operating and whether or not they have detained people. Are you part of a team or know someone who is? Do you want to start a team? Fill out this form and let us know!” Also from WAISN, this week there were reports of ICE action in Ephrata that caused widespread fear in the Grant County Courthouse. Please take action. Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Sanctuary Downtown Seattle supporters gathered this week and continue to support Jose Robles and his family while he is in detention. Contact them to support that effort. We will continue to add resources you can use in your efforts at our NEW ADVOCACY TOOLKIT page, scroll down to immigration resources. Thank you for all you’re doing!
WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 1-3 pm. WHERE: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth St. Bellingham, WA 98225). There will be a Dignity Dialogue the day before the march where we will discuss the new WA State legislation, Keep Washington Working, and what our local government is required to do to guarantee our community is safe. We welcome Eric Gonzalez from the ACLU. As one of the key people in the Legislature leading the advocacy strategy, he will lead us through the legal implications for Whatcom County and all cities.
August 4th, Ferndale/Bellingham, WA Please note – all times are approximate; we will make every effort to stay on time Schedule for the day: 4:00 am - volunteers arrive at 1431 Sunset Ave in Ferndale 4:30 am - public is invited to arrive at 1431 Sunset Ave in Ferndale 4:30 am-5:00 am sign in & buy a commemorative March t-shirt 5:00 am - 6:00 am sunrise ceremony and mistica PARKING NOTE: there is no parking at the detention center. Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to carpool or take a shuttle. There will be a shuttle sign up post coming soon! If you drive to Ferndale for the beginning of the march, please park in the Hardware Sales or Lummi Market parking lot, or make sure that you are not parking somewhere you can be towed. 6:00 am the march begins 7:00 am the march stops at Michael Moore Park in Ferndale, breakfast is served 9:00 am the march arrives at Crystal View for an action 12:30 pm the march arrives at Meridian High School. Water and snacks will be provided 3:00 pm the march arrives at the end point, the Jardîn de Agroecologica, 495 E Bakerview *PLEASE NOTE: the parking at 495 E Bakerview is reserved for church parishioners, and for set up and clean up volunteer crews for the march. Please arrange your carpools from elsewhere. There will be shuttles at the end of the day to get people back to their cars. *FOOD: At the end of the march – TACOS, Tadeo’s will have their food truck set up in addition to the Potluck *POTLUCK - the end of the march has always included a potluck to celebrate community through food. There will be two parking spots reserved for potluck drop off. You can drop your potluck dish at 495 E Bakerview Rd between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Bring Cold salads: such as pasta, vegetable, potato, bean OR desserts Special NOTE: Please bring it in a dish you do not care about getting back or in recyclable dish with recyclable serving utensil, we will dispose left over dishes – we cannot take responsibility for getting it back to you at the end of the day. We do not have storage for potluck dishes. There will be a separate post on our Facebook page with more food and Pot Luck details *WHAT TO BRING TO THE MARCH: Water (please bring a reusable water bottle. There will be water filling stations along the route) sunscreen comfortable shoes hat/bandana/any clothing that you use to keep you protected from the sun Wear white (white C2C t shirts will be available for sale at the march) dress in layers snacks if you need them anything medical or otherwise that you need to take care of yourself. This is a 14 mile march. It is likely to be hot and dusty. Take care of yourself.
On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Check the website here for events throughout the area and find one to participate in!
Faith Action Network supports the ad hoc coalition for a Constellation of Lights for Liberty to organize vigils locally and nationally this week in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. We invite you to hold vigils across the state in your faith communities this coming Friday night, June 12, or join a pre-planned vigil. Please register your vigil and share the Facebook page so people in your community know where to find the vigil closest to them. Consider including an action opportunity as part of the resolve of your vigils -- take up a collection of postcards to your Congresspersons or make time for people to email during the vigil. If you’re nearby, on Saturday June 13 travel to the Northwest Detention Center at 12:30 PM for a family-friendly event to support detained persons and learn how to do more. Join a Close the Camps rally being planned for Seattle and beyond. Let us know your plans at FAN@fanwa.org so we can highlight your place in the constellation.
Go to bottom of the post, Washington state vigils.
MAY 1, 2019 (Bellingham)
In August 2018, 16 workers were detained by ICE in Bellingham while on their way to work. Nearly eight months later, 9 of those workers have been deported and 7 are awaiting hearings to gain visas and work permits. None of the men who were released on bond are allowed to work until those hearings go through. All of the families affected by this raid have been living without an income since the raid happened.
This benefit will honor the workers in our community who are facing detention and deportation everyday. There will be live music, a silent auction, and a panel discussion with the workers whose lives were interrupted by ICE last year. Come stand in solidarity with these families and learn more about the challenges for undocumented workers in Bellingham. 7:00 pm. Appetizers, beer and wine will be provided.
The event will be at Local Group Studio, 221 Prospect Street Bellingham.
Tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4213182
It’s a hopeful sign to see so many people of faith offer their church buildings and other spaces to house people fighting deportation, and we also know that physical sanctuary is often a last resort. That’s why Love Resists is working with partners around the country to create a directory of accompaniment networks that support arriving asylum-seekers and community members facing deportation.
When we expand sanctuary into our communities by participating in accompaniment networks and sponsoring and hosting asylum-seeking families and individuals, we love in concrete ways. In an accompaniment model, there is much more that we can do to support people being criminalized for migrating and those seeking asylum.
Please join the info session on Wednesday, April 10th at 5pm PDT if you want to learn more about accompaniment networks that offer support in many ways—from raising funds for bonds to get out of detention, to obtaining legal counsel, to going to ICE and immigration court hearings, to helping meet the needs of individuals and families—as well as how to sponsor and host asylum-seekers.
Speakers include Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Rev. Dottie Mathews, and other UUs involved on the ground with sponsorship and accompaniment. Get your questions answered and learn the real nuts and bolts of how to provide this kind of community protection and solidarity to our undocumented siblings.
Join the info session Wednesday, April 10 at 5pm PDT. (Even if you're unsure if you can making, by RSVPing, you'll get a note when the webinar is posted online.)
Read a reflection from Rev. Dottie Matthews’ visit to a child detention center in Florida.
Join the accompaniment network directory.
Come with your ideas, your experiences, your questions. Together we are building a movement of resistance, support, solidarity, and love.
The Love Resists Team
Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
An urgent ask from Al Otro Lado: Do you have people in your network who can help companion children who were separated at the border to be reunited? Read more here and fill out this form to express interest in volunteering as a companion.
Ramon Torres, President of Familias Unidas por la Justicia and Rosalinda Guillen, C2C both testified
Support House Bill- 1398 and Senate Bill -5438
You can take action on these bills by clicking on the links above, and then click on "Comment on this Bill." The comment link will take you to a page that requests your address and email information, a button where you can indicate support, oppose or neutral. You need to make a comment but it can be short - "please support the bill."
Concerning the H-2A temporary agricultural program
Please contact and thank the prime sponsors:
Senator John McCoy - (360) 786 - 7674 John.Mccoy@leg.wa.gov
Representative Laurie Dolan - Laurie.Dolan@leg.wa.gov
This bill will begin to provide WA State funds from the AG industry and Employment Security Dept. for oversight and monitoring of the h2a program in our State -
Call the following and tell them take responsible action to protect farm workers from exploitation and ask them to send this bill to the Governor:
Majority Leader: Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov
Chair of Appropriations: Timm.Ormsby@leg.wa.gov
Chair of Labor & Workplace Standards: Mike.Sells@leg.wa.gov
Majority Leader: Andy.Billig@leg.wa.gov
Chair of Ways and Means: Christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov
Chair of Labor and Commerce: Karen.Keiser@leg.wa.gov