July 2018 Vigil

We are honored that Rev. Daniel Wolpert will be joining us from Plymouth Congregational Church, along with members of the Faith Mennonite Church Choir.

Peace and blessings to everyone and we hope to see you Tuesday morning.

Call to Action

  1. Let your Senators know that separating families is wrong. NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobby, has set up a toll free number to connect you to your Senators and tell them what your faith says about the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.  Demand that they act immediately to pass legislation that will protect families, such as the HELP Separated Children Act (S. 2937) and the Keep Families Together Act (S. 3036).  Furthermore, we can demand that our taxpayer money no longer be used to terrorize our immigrant neighbors by calling for defunding of DHS and abolishing ICE. Call 1-888-897-9753 now.
  2. Advocate for a Minneapolis Municipal ID.  For those who live in Minneapolis, call your City Council member today and let them know you support the immediate creation of a citywide ID which would allow immigrant, homeless, and other marginalized populations more equitable participation in society.  This proposal is currently being considered so your input is urgently needed.
  3. Support the Decriminalizing Communities Campaign.  Led by Jewish Community Action, this coalition of civil rights, immigrant advocacy, and social justice groups has presented a set of demands to Hennepin and Ramsey County officials that would create strong barriers between law enforcement and immigration enforcement and start a discussion about how to transform our county criminal justice system to one that promotes true safety and wellness.  An informational meeting on the campaign and next steps will be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, July 24 at Shir Tikvah Synagogue in Minneapolis.  decriminalize.squarespace.com
  4. Join ICOM.  Return to our next Whipple Courthouse vigil on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 am and accompany us at court watch immediately afterwards.  Watch for our emails for upcoming events and actions, including our Family Accompaniment project.  Follow ICOM on facebook.

Other Opportunities brought to the July 10 vigil:

Attend Kindness Without Borders:  A Celebration of Immigrants and Diversity.  3 – 8 pm, Friday, July 20 at University Baptist Church (1219 University Ave, Minneapolis).  There will be wonderful music and speakers (including Father Daniel Romero) and opportunities to engage with others who want to support immigrants. Come and go at any time.  Manos a la Obra is providing food!

Mayflower UCC is going to the border from November 14-18.  The first two days are sponsored by Rev. Randy Mayer of The Good Shepherd UCC Church in Sahuarita, AZ.  We will participate in a desert walk, witness and discuss Operation Streamline, meet with the Tucson Sierra Club and learn about the environmental impacts of the wall, meet with various other people working at the border.  Friday night we will join the SOA Watch group at a rally across the street from the Eloy Detention Center.  Saturday and Sunday we will be in Nogales, AZ attending workshops and various activities at the border wall.  For more information, contact Diane Haines.

The Advocates for Human Rights are working with an asylum seeker who has been a victim of domestic violence while here in Minnesota.  The Advocates are seeking help with getting her set up in an apartment; furniture is needed as well as rent for the first two months.  She has an 8 year old and a baby and needs help with day care funding and finding a job.  If you can help, contact Diane Haines.