People of Faith and Values organize a Solidarity Network, including “Sanctuary Congregations” and call on the Governor to do his part.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont St., Boston
WHAT: Press conference with wide representation from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Immigrant Community who are standing up for undocumented immigrants
BOSTON - Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – Massachusetts Communities Action Network, Episcopal City Mission, JCRC, The Massachusetts Moral Monday Revival Network, and UU Mass Action (with other allies) will gather Tuesday to host a press conference at 10:00 a.m. at Cathedral Church of St Paul at 138 Tremont Street to discuss the ongoing Executive Orders issued by President Trump that impact the immigrant community, Muslim community, and the community of color. This includes what we are doing by organizing “Sanctuary Churches” and “Sanctuary Synagogues” to protect our residents.
"We are clear that we answer to a higher law," said Rev. Edwin Johnson, of St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester. "We will leverage our sacred spaces. We will unite as a state. The community has shown it’s ready for this."
We thank Boston's Mayor Walsh, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curatone, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, Chelsea City Manager Tom Ambersino and the other Massachusetts' Sanctuary Cities mayor for standing up on this in the face of President Trump's attempt to cut federal funding to these cities.
We call out Governor Baker to take steps to prevent federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from deporting undocumented immigrant from our communities.
We are also asking support for the recently filed state legislation for a Massachusetts Safe Communities Act, It would give no support for a Muslim Registry, Ensure due process rights to people detained in state and local facilities for civil immigration violations, Ensure police do not participate in immigrations enforcement activities, and prevent deputizing local officers to help ICE like Sheriff Hodgson and Sheriff McDonald are doing.
Rev Dorothella Littlepage - Roxbury/Dorchester Power & Community Mission Hub, Director
Janine Carreiro-Young - Mass Communities Action Network, Co-Director
Rev Edwin Johnson – St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Dorchester, Pastor
Carlos Saavedra- Cosecha
John Robbins – Council on American Islamic Relations – Massachusetts (CAIR-MA)
Laura Wagner – UU Mass Action
Rev. June Cooper and Rabbi Toba Spitzer – Representing the MA Moral Revival
Rev. Cody Sanders - Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Pastor