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Immigrant Justice

"When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall do him no wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33).

Brit OlamThis is the most-repeated commandment in all of Torah. With the Board of Directors' action, Temple Beth Am joins a growing cohort of Reform congregations that have signed on to the Religious Action Center's Brit Olam (Covenant with our World) and who have declared themselves to be Immigrant Justice Congregations. Further, we unite with a host of faith communities of all denominations across our region under the auspices of the Church Council of Greater Seattle (CCGS) who have pledged in various ways to support immigrants at risk of deportation. Go here to read the Board's Sanctuary Resolution.

Contact Susan Schulkin to find out how you can get involved. Here are examples of the range of volunteer activities for Immigrant Justice Action Team members:

  • Hands-on: Volunteers with expertise and availability may be able to help with a long list of tasks, such as running errands, shopping for food and supplies, translating, tutoring, providing mental health counseling, medical and dental care, legal advice, financial support, and offering companionship and moral support to immigrants hosted by sanctuary congregations.
  • Accompaniment: Volunteers will be needed to accompany undocumented individuals and their families to immigration check-ins and hearings. There is currently a high level of anxiety among non-citizens when they go for periodic ICE check-ins and having the support of compassionate lay people can make a difference. CCGS is preparing training materials and establishing a list of volunteers.
  • Solidarity training: Watch here and in eHappenings for information about Know Your Rights training and Bystander Intervention training.
  • Advocacy: Writing letters and emails, phoning, and attending rallies to support legislation or advocate on behalf of a particular individual may be solicited in partnership with other organizations. For more information on immigration issues and to keep updated on action steps and local opportunities for demonstrating solidarity, here are resources from four organizations we’re partnering with:

Upcoming Events:

David W. Lynch – Before the Border
Sunday, September 15, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
University Congregational Church

Temple Beth Am’s Immigrant Justice Action Team, along with the U-District Immigrant Justice Hub and the Church Council of Greater Seattle, invite you to join them for a program featuring documentary photographer David W. Lynch. Lynch will share photographs and stories from his travels to Central America and on the road with the northbound caravans. His photos vividly tell the personal stories of Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan families risking everything to escape poverty and violence. This event will include a display of selected photographs from Lynch’s four trips to border towns. Books and prints will be available for sale, and Lynch will be available to sign purchases at the end of the event. Click here to RSVP and share information with friends via Facebook.

Advocacy:

After over a year in sanctuary at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, José Robles has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) and taken to the NW Detention Center in north Tacoma. This is devastating, and we need to say #DontDeportJose.

  • SIGN and SHARE a follow-up petition this week: www.ActionNetwork.org/petitions/freejose. To ensure that José is not deported, we need to keep José’s story alive.
  • CALL or EMAIL Timothy Black, Supervisory Detention Deportation Officer at 206-277-7378 or timothy.a.black@ice.dhs.gov. Ask that José Robles’ U-Visa be expedited. Ask that his 9th Circuit judicial stay be respected (the stay does not shield him from detention, but it does shield him from deportation).
  • DONATE to  José Robles’s legal fund: www.gofundme.com/jose-robles-legal-support-fund. His legal fees will be mounting with this setback.
  • WRITE a LETTER of support or send a card to José Robles, c/o Colectiva Legal, 201 SW 153rd St, Burien WA 98166.
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