Thursday, November 18, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
...Art... Books... Locally grown food... More!
We'll be updating the items shown there in the coming days, so check back soon. Remember to buy your tickets in advance via PayPal on the New Sanctuary website at www.sanctuaryphiladelphia.org.
|Papel Amate -- 1980s Nahua painting from Mexico|
|Mill Creek Farm - Honey, T-shirt, and Ticket|
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ana Cruz is nine months pregnant, but her husband, Chally Dang, probably won't be there for the birth.
Dang and several other members of their Philadelphia Cambodian community are being detained at York County Prison for possible deportation as part of a roundup of immigrants with criminal records.
Although Dang, now 28, came legally to the United States from Cambodia as a permanent resident, he was convicted of aggravated assault at age 15 and served time in prison. Under U.S. law, that conviction can affect his immigration status.
But since then he's become a father, a husband and a productive member of society, Cruz said. That's what brought a group of at least 30 members of Dang's community to York County Prison on Friday to protest his detention.
"I'm afraid," Cruz said, one hand resting on her pregnant belly. "Right now, it's just a waiting game. No one tells you how long it's going to take."
Dang and the others detained this week were summoned to the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office for what they believed was a routine visit, said Raymond Ros, one of the protest's organizers. They were shocked to hear that they would be deported, he said.
All of them have served time in prison, Ros said, but those charges were in their youth. With permanent resident status, they all have jobs, take care of families and pay taxes like a citizen, he said. Dang has worked as a truck driver since he was released.
"Basically we're just trying to send a message that this is unlawful and inhumane," Ros said. "We want to ask them to look at the cases individually and look at what these people have been doing."
Mark Medvesky, an ICE spokesman, said the men were detained because either they were seen as "a threat to public safety or they would not leave the country as ordered." Medvesky would not comment on when the men were scheduled to be deported.
Members of the crowd outside the prison drove two hours from Philadelphia to express their support for the detained. Many carried young children, several belonging to the men inside the prison.
Iv was convicted of a crime when he was young, but he owns a barbershop now, Youk said. If he's deported, he will have to leave his 3-month-old child, he said.
"I heard about the United States of America as a place of freedom, democracy, free speech, human rights," he said. "But when they did this to them, it is not democracy. It's not human rights
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
- live musical performances of regional artists including InMotion, one of the hottest Indonesian bands in Philadelphia, and an Ecuadorian dance group
- a fabulous silent auction, including gift certificates to local restaurants, autographed books, handmade items, and special art donations by Philly artists/activists Harvey Finkle, Joe Brenman, and others
- great refreshments!
Pay at the door or purchase tickets in advance via PayPal through the New Sanctuary Movement website www.sanctuaryphiladelphia.org.
Individual tickets are $15. Family tickets (2 parents and children under 16) are $30. Super booster tickets (individual or family) are $50 for those who want to donate more.
More information: call 215-756-6445 or visit www.sanctuaryphiladelphia.org.
Friday, September 17, 2010
by Jim Wallis
Over 500 activists and faith leaders gather in Washington DC to call on Congress to act on immigration reform.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Apply for resources to help your community advocate for immigration reform! CWS is offering local faith communities and service providers across the country the opportunity to apply for Action Grants of up to $1,000 to support events and organizing focused on mobilizing opposition to state anti-immigrant measures and urging members of Congress to take leadership in enacting bipartisan federal immigration reform. Grants are limited so please apply soon.
For more information and to download the grant application form, go to www.supportimmigrationreform.org.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Congratulations! New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia will receive a 2010 Human Rights Award from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations! NSM was nominated for the award by Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert, a Commissioner of the PCHR.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Read the entire editorial here: Immigration Bait and Switch (NYT - Aug 17, 2010)
Brief excerpt below:
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement records show that a vast majority, 79 percent, of people deported under Secure Communities had no criminal records or had been picked up for low-level offenses, like traffic violations and juvenile mischief. Of the approximately 47,000 people deported in that period only about 20 percent had been charged with or convicted of serious “Level 1” crimes, like assault and drug dealing.
The national average of Secure Communities deportees with no criminal records was about 26 percent, but that figure also varied wildly around the country. It was 54 percent in Maricopa County, Ariz., whose sheriff is notorious for staging indiscriminate immigration raids. In Travis County, Tex., it was 82 percent.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Philadelphia to bar immigration agents from arrest data
By Michael Matza
Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia is expected to end the arrangement that permits federal immigration agents to scrutinize the city's computerized list of arrests, including country of origin and other data, Everett Gillison, the deputy mayor for public safety, said Sunday.
Immigrant advocates say the year-old agreement between the city and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, known as ICE, has resulted in deportation proceedings against immigrants arrested on even minor charges. Under the agreement, ICE agents can routinely access the city's Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS). That agreement is up for renewal on Thursday.
"It is the mayor's view that the PARS agreement should not be extended," Gillison said, speaking at a South Philadelphia church meeting attended by more than 300 immigrants and their supporters.
He said there would be a formal announcement of the city's position in the coming week, probably on Friday.
Mayor Nutter has expressed concern about the human rights of all immigrants, regardless of their legal status.
In a directive he issued a year ago, he barred municipal employees on official business from inquiring about the immigration status of any person, including, but not limited to, victims, witnesses, arrestees, and detainees.
Gillison said Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and District Attorney Seth Williams "agree with the mayor" that the ICE-PARS arrangement should be terminated.
His announcement, which followed an hour of public testimony from immigrants about their fears and mistrust of the police, drew chants of Si, se puede! - Yes, we can! - from a mostly Latino audience that also included members of the city's Asian communities and a contingent of suburban supporters from the Central Baptist Church of Wayne.
Organized by a coalition of proimmigrant groups, including Juntos and the New Sanctuary Movement, the standing-room-only meeting took place in the basement of Annunciation Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary on South 10th Street. It was conducted mostly in Spanish, with electronic headsets available to permit simultaneous translation into English.
In addition to Gillison, officials in attendance included City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez; Police Capt. Michael Weaver, commander of the immigrant-rich Third District in South Philadelphia; and Leslie Davila, assistant director of Victims' Services, who represented the District Attorney's Office but who left before the end of the meeting without addressing the group.
Because Williams did not attend, someone had filled the seat reserved for him with a large cardboard cutout of the district attorney's face.
"This is about human rights. It's about civil rights," Sánchez said. "And I am very, very encouraged by [the administration's] movement around PARS."
Some of the speakers who provided testimony about their encounters with police used their real names. Others used pseudonyms. They spoke from a lectern decorated with a poster that said, "Public Safety Now."
One man, who gave his name as Ignacio Aguirre, described the arrest of his son. He said the boy had been at the beach, where he used a knife to cut a watermelon. He put the knife into a backpack. Several days later, without thinking about it, he took the backpack to school and tripped a metal detector. It was an innocent mistake, the man said, but it resulted in a visit from ICE and house arrest with an ankle bracelet for his child.
He did not elaborate on the status of the case but said, "Now I'm afraid to call the police for anything."
Guadalupe Hernandez said she came to the United States from Mexico in 1996 to escape domestic abuse. She said her 16-year-old son was arrested in Philadelphia in 2007 while trying to stop a drunk friend from slashing car tires on Dickinson Street.
"My son tried to take the knife away," she said, but when police arrived, he found himself arrested "as an accomplice."
Although the boy eventually was exonerated, she said, "ICE wants to deport him."
Mark Medvesky, a spokesman for ICE in Philadelphia, said he could not comment in detail about the city's intentions regarding PARS until it took formal action.
But he did say, "Our priority is convicted criminal aliens, getting dangerous people off the street. That's one of the reasons we wanted access to PARS."
For full article and video clip visit philly.com
Philadelphia may stop sending arrest info to ICE
Monday, June 28th, 2010
By: Susan Phillips
Philadelphia's immigrant community wants the city to end a program that gives federal immigration authorities information about arrested people. City officials will be voting on whether to renew the policy later this week.
Immigrant advocates say the year-long practice of handing over information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents breeds fear of the police. Currently, the information on a person's immigration status is transferred electronically at booking, regardless of whether the person is later brought to trial or found guilty.
Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says the practice has intimidated victims and witnesses from immigrant communities, preventing them from reporting crimes.
"The Mayor's very worried about the fact that there seems to be a chilling effect. And the people in the community feel the police are using this and using this particular access to support immigration checks."
Gillison says he'd rather rely on the same information being channelled to immigration authorities through the state after a person has been convicted of a crime.
But the Mayor is only one of four votes. District Attorney Seth Williams says he hasn't made up his mind. The remaining votes come from the Municipal Court and the police department.
For original article, visit WHYY's blog
Immigrant Groups Call For End of Police Cooperation with ICE
Monday, June 21, 2010
Join us for the after party at The RUBA Club: 414 Green Street
Tickets $10 at the door or online: http://tickets.returntoelsalvador.com/
Friday, June 18, 2010
Here are the needs that have been identified:
Saturday 6/26 -- 10 to 15 volunteers for set up crew at Annunciation (probably early afternoon -- exact time TBA)
* arrange tables and chairs in the meeting space
* hang up large banners for the platform
* make signs to place outside the building on Sunday
* tape together all the pages of the petitions to display at the forum
Sunday 6/27 -- multiple volunteers designated with "official" name tags (need to come early at 1:00pm for the 2pm start)
* Greeters outside the building to welcome people arriving -- 4 volunteers
* Sign-in table at entrance -- 5 volunteers
* Ushers to help manage seating (and set up extra chairs as needed) -- 5 volunteers
* Helpers for the water station -- 2 volunteers
* Childcare helpers -- 4 volunteers
* Clean up crew after the forum -- 10 volunteers
We hope our New Sanctuary allies will be able to help in these concrete ways! If your community can provide volunteers, please send a reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch to work out details.
Join us, as community leaders from North and South Philadelphia share personal testimony about how Police/ ICE collaboration are impacting hard working families and compromising the safety of our city. Our goal is to have 400 supporters at this event. Come out and show your support.
For more information or to R.S.V.P. contact us at email@example.com
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Coalition Meeting- The Time to Act is Now
Thursday, May 13 @ 7pm
Visitation BVM Church, 300 E. Lehigh Ave in the school basement
The time to act is NOW! It is time to respond to the recent law in Arizona, SB 1070, the introduction of anti-immigrant legislation in the PA legislature, and building momentum around our local campaign to end collaboration between police and ICE. Come to discuss and practice how to talk about all these issues. We will discuss our message and then role play how to talk about the issue with different audiences.
el jueves13 de mayo a las 7pm
Iglesia Visitación, Calle Lehigh # 300 en el sótano de la escuela
El tiempo para actuar es AHORA! Es el tiempo de responder a la ley de Arizona, SB 1070, la introducción de una ley contra inmigrantes en el congreso de Pennsylvania, y aumentar la atención sobre nuestra campaña local para terminar la colaboración entre la policia y la migra. Venga para discutir y practicar como hablar sobre estos temas. Nosotros discutiremos nuestro mensaje y prácticaremos con dramas sobre como hablar a diferentes audiencias.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
This video highlights one of the powerful, first-person stories from our Philadelphia community, shared by one of the participants in the Philadelphia Storytelling project.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
The report features challenges by immigration activists to local-federal law enforcement collaboration on immigration enforcement under the "Secure Communities" program of Homeland Security.
Highlights include the story of a Philadelphia high school student and family from El Salvador, plus comments by Jen Rock of Philadelphia New Sanctuary Movement.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
"It is deeply disturbing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement responds to our simple request for truth and accountability with an aggressive strategy for spin and deception. At a time when its clear that the federal government's irresponsibility gave rise to the crisis in Arizona, rights groups now feel under attack for demanding basic answers from our government."
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Check out the website at http://uncoverthetruth.org to find information about special actions happening this week aimed at “Uncovering the Truth on Police and ICE Collaboration.”
NSM of Philadelphia -- as well as many other national and local immigrant rights, criminal justice and social justice groups throughout the country -- will be featured in stories and photos.
The “Uncovering the Truth” week of activities is intended to be a coordinated effort to get local groups asking questions about police and ICE collaboration in their communities, and to get lawmakers in Congress focused on holding the Department of Homeland Security accountable.
Deportation programs like the Department of Homeland Security’s misnamed “Secure Communities” program are set to be in every U.S jail by 2013 without the public, elected officials, and sometimes police chiefs themselves knowing. Indeed, the program has been advanced in secrecy despite significant public attention paid to the devastating consequences to communities where police enforcement of immigration law has been piloted.
Read more about the Uncovering the Truth campaign ...
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
9:00am - 12:00pm
Clark Park, West Philadelphia (43rd and Baltimore Ave)
To stay connected to reports on the big adventure, visit Sheila's blog "Bike for Immigrant Justice" and join the "Sheila's Bike for Immigration Justice" Facebook group!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Family Unity BBQ
Sunday, May 2nd
from 1 pm to 6 pm
part of a national week of action called
"Uncovering the Truth about Collaborations between the Police and ICE "
Hosted by New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadeland and JUNTOS
Please come celebrate these important events with your family at a multicultural barbecue. Enjoy good food from different countries, sports, games and music. We will celebrate family unity and call for the end of all collaboration between the Philadelphia Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We are coming together to celebrate and call for Family Unity!
Domingo, 2 de Mayo
Mifflin Park entre 6th y Ritner
1 pm a 6 pm
parte de una semana nacional de acción
"Descubriendo la verdad sobre la colaboración entre la policía y la migra"
Actividad patrocinada por el Nuevo Movimiento Santuario, JUNTOS, y la Asociación Camboyana.
Venga a celebrar con su familia en un ambiente multicultural con gente de diferentes países, con música, deporte y comida. Queremos celebrar la unidad familiar y la unión multicultural, y decir a la ciudad de Philadelphia ya basta con las políticas que permiten que ICE y la policía colaboren. ¡No más a las deportaciones de nuestros familiares y amigos!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
11:30am on Saturday, April 10, 2010
National Constitution Center
500 block of Market St.
On March 21st, hundreds of thousands marched on Washington to demand Congress act NOW to deliver comprehensive immigration reform. Now it is time to bring this movement home, and to let our Pennsylvania Congressional delegation know that they have no choice but to act.
Join us and stand up for our families, our communities, and our future. NSM and many other Philadelphia groups will take part in this rally organized by Reform Immigration for America.
Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez has confirmed that she will attend. Additional invites have gone out to Sens. Casey & Specter, Reps. Brady & Fattah, Mayor Nutter, and Councilman Kenney.
There are several cultural performances planned, including Aztec Mexican dance groups, Kyo Taiko drummers, a youth breakdancing group, and a Spanish language rapper. Additional invitations are going out
to a group of Samba drummers, Irish dancers, and others.
We've had two very exciting events in the last month - the "Solidarity - Then and Now" event honoring the original Sanctuary Movement, and the march on Washington DC for Immigration Reform. Come join us for an evening of reflection, sharing, and a discussion on how we can build on these two events. We look forward to seeing you!
Nosotros hemos tenido dos eventos llenos de entusiamo en los ultimos dos meses - el evento "Solidaridad - Antes y Ahora" que honró el Movimiento Santuario original, y la marcha a Washington DC por la Reforma Migratoria. Ahora le invitamos a que nos acompañen para reflexionar, compartir, y discutir lo podemos construir siguiendo estos dos eventos.
En Paz y Solidaridad,
Jen y Peter
NY Daily News: Immigration and Customs Enforcement tactics contradict Obama's promise of immigration reform
As much as one would like to take President Obama at his word on immigration reform, it has become increasingly difficult.
Particularly when Immigration and Customs Enforcement is still running wild and contradicting Obama's repeated assurances that the agency would focus on dangerous criminals and not on workers and families.
"We are not going to deport our way to a controlled immigration system. The ultimate solution is comprehensive immigration reform that ensures immigrants are legal, hiring is legal, and future immigration is legal," said Frank Sharry, executive director of the advocacy group America's Voice.....
Read the complete article here.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
NEW DATE -- Thursday, March 4th, from 7pm to 9pm
SAME LOCATION -- Tabernacle United Church located at Chestnut and 37th Street (enter on 37th)
We're expecting a big turnout for this evening of storytelling and inspiration with Philadelphia leaders from the ORIGINAL Sanctuary movement of the 1980s together with the NEW Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. We'll be honoring Central Baptist, FUMCOG, Tabernacle, St. Vincents, Germantown Friends, Chestnut Hill Friends, Mishkan Shalom, and possibly others for their solidarity commitments in the 1980s. And we will officially welcome Mishkan Shalom and Visitation BVM as the first congregations to affiliate with the New Sanctuary Movement. In addition, we have plans for special music, photographs by Harvey Finkle, and stories by current immigrants in Philadelphia.
I'm writing to clarify the significance of what happened and to address the long-standing misconception of the immigrant community and immigration reform.
Attendees including Indonesian-, Cambodian- and Latino-Americans encouraged support of HR 4321. Testimony came from people who have been living in South Philly for more than 25 years, a pastor, owners of businesses and homes, and people who work more than one job.
Most important, all of these people have been contributing members of their South Philly communities. They all support and love their family, friends and neighbors.
The only difference is that these folks were not born here. Under current immigration legislation. . .
* A woman is facing permanent separation from her son. She has been living and managing a business in South Philly with her family for more than two decades. Her son, who came here as a refugee with his family, may be deported for an offense he served time for more than a decade ago.
* A man who came to the U.S. legally hasn't seen his children or wife for years due to the backlogging of their immigration papers.
* A young and hardworking man who is providing for his family silently accepts great risks. He is vulnerable to violence due to racism and misunderstanding but cannot call the police. He knows that contact with police could lead to deportation, and then instability and poverty for his family.
Immigration reform is about far more than jobs and legalization. It is about family, humanity and giving people the validity they deserve. Jobs provide food and shelter to family and children. Legalization acknowledges the rights and the hard work of our neighbors.
HR 4321 offers family unity, not family separation due to old and outdated laws that need to be changed.
Mia-lia Kiernan, Philadelphia
I'd like to emphasize that being in the U.S. without documentation isn't a criminal offense. It's a civil offense like speeding or jaywalking. People jaywalk for a number of reasons: They're late, or need to catch the next bus, or there's something happening on the other side of the street. Similarly, people immigrate to the U.S. "illegally" out of need. In the end it is not often a choice, it's a matter of survival.
The movement of people across the U.S.-Mexico border isn't only a matter of survival of the people migrating north, it's also a matter of survival for our economy. Up to 75 percent of unauthorized immigrants pay federal, state and local taxes. Undocumented workers are estimated to pay about $7 billion a year into Social Security. The average immigrant pays $1,800 more in taxes than she receives in public benefits, according to a study by the National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences. Over their lifetimes, the average immigrant and her immediate descendants contribute $80,000 more in taxes than they receive in benefits.
The average migrant is a 29-year-old Mexican male, earning less than $7,500 a year with a life expectancy of 49 years. As these workers accept low-paying jobs, long hours and no benefits, they keep our daily goods such as fruits, vegetables - and even housing developments - more affordable. Just imagine how expensive all goods and products would be without these low-wage workers who are called "illegal."
Jennifer Rock, Philadelphia
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Please help us spread the word about this change of plans within your network of contacts.
Sorry for any inconvenience, but we look forward to bringing everyone together for a great night in 2 or 3 weeks.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
With Members of JUNTOS, the Cambodian Association, And the New Sanctuary Movement
When: February 2nd, 2010, 10:00 AM.
Where: We will meet at 2029 S. 8th St., in the Houston Community Center Auditorium, to march to the Congressman’s office at 1907-09 S. Broad St. for a meeting at 11:30 AM.
To ask Representative Brady to co-sponsor CIR ASAP, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperty Act of 2009 in support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform to promote:
-A path to legalization
-Justice for Immigrant Workers
-The Dream Act
-Security Measures that don’t target immigrant communities.
Along with testimony from community leaders, we will deliver petitions and thousands of post-cards from constituents in the Congressman’s District in favor of immigration reform.
For More Info and to Confirm, Please Call: (267)-275-7810
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
On Thursday Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez will introduce a resolution in City Council calling on our members of congress to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We need to show our strong support, so spread the word and please join us at City Hall! There will also be a press conference following the council session.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 9:15a
Philadelphia City Hall, 15th & Market, Council Chambers, 4th Flr
WE NEED YOU THERE!
Hope to see you Thursday!
In Peace and Solidarity,
Jen and Peter
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
- I. “Uphold family unity as a priority of all immigration policies by
- 1.) expediting the reunion of immigrant families separated due to the length visa backlogs,
- 2.) changing family preference categories and per country caps to prioritize family unity and
- 3.) removing bars to reentry and adjustment of status for individuals seeking to reunite with their family members.”
- And II. “Create a process for undocumented immigrants to earn their legal status and eventual US citizenship that affordable and does not take up to 10 years to process.” (Reform Immigration for America rally hand out)
Note: You can also read about the top 10 immigrant myths and understand the facts from the National Immigration Forum’s June 2003 sources online. (Click here for immigrant myths and facts document.)