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Friday, May 21, 2010

May 26 From Philly to Phoenix, Just Immigration Reform NOW

Rally in front of the Constitution Center
gather at 5th and Market at 11:30 am
followed by a march through center city.
Come to call for an executive order from Obama to reverse SB 1070. Call for the end of all collaborations between the police and ICE. And demand leadership from the federal government to move comprehensive immigration reform, before things get worse.
Since last month’s passage of Arizona’s law, SB 1070, criminalizing immigrants and creating state sanctioned racial profiling, ten other states have introduced similar anti-immigrant legislation, including PA, where Sen. Metcalfe has introduced the HB 2479.
Simultaneously, policies such as Secure Communities, that encourage police and ICE collaboration, are spreading across the country, and is happening here in Philadelphia, under the radar. As grassroots and political pressure mounts for action and leadership on immigration reform, Arizona has shown Congress and the nation, the time to act is now! 
We are facing a critical moment in the course of history, not unlike the abolition movement, or the civil rights movement. Arizona SB 1070 is a regression in the fight for the civil rights and dignity of all. We must respond!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Coalition Meeting / Reunion de Coalición

en espanol abajo...
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
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.
In Peace and Solidarity,
Peter and Jen 

Nuevo Movimiento Santuario de Filadelfia
Reunión de Coalición - el tiempo para actuar es ahora!
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. 
En Paz y Solidaridad,
Peter and Jen

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Secure Communities" in Philadelphia

Our campaign to end collaborations between Philadelphia police and I.C.E. is featured on the "Uncover the Truth" website. Read the full article at

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

Immigration Rally @ Sen Casey's office 10am on Thurs May 6th

Today, with the introduction of Rep. Medcalfe's HB 2479, Pennsylvania joins the lists of states attempting to replicate Arizona style anti- immigrant legislation.   Quite simply, congressional inaction has created a void, allowing state representatives to propose hateful policies.  We cannot allow this to continue. 

Please join us this Thursday, at 10 AM, as we rally at Sen. Casey's office (2000 Market St) and demand that he protect Pennsylvania from wrongheaded policies by showing leadership in Congress to pass fair, humane, and practical comprehensive immigration reform this year. 
The 10 AM rally at Sen. Casey's office (2000 Market) will be followed by a march down Market Street to Love Park, where faith leaders will join with the Mayor's National Day of Prayer event, to offer prayers on behalf of immigration reform.  Bring posters, American flags, noisemakers, and as many people as possible with you -- together, we must send a strong message that we will not stand by and let our state follow in the footsteps of Arizona.

Rep. Medcalfe's proposal is exactly the wrong approach to our broken immigration system, because it will strain law enforcement to the breaking point, will undoubtedly lead to racial profiling, and will inevitably lead to lawsuits that cost the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.  Instead, we need reform that will help our economy while creating jobs, protect our workers, create a fair and practical path to citizenship, and make us safer with smarter enforcement.

One more thing:
Today!  Call President Obama.  Let him know about the introduction of this bill in PA, and tell him you are counting on him to deliver on his promise to pass immigration reform this year. 
Toll Free Numbers:  English line: 866-956-8590  Spanish line: 866-584-3906
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