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Wed Feb 12, 2014
Even with a Board that included a Supervisor elected by the Tea Party, PCIC leaders leveraged a unanimous vote (5-0) in support of a resolution making Pima an “immigrant welcoming county.”
Bud Foster of KOLD-TV reports that half the speakers were against the resolution. However, he notes, “the opponents were not organized like the supporters were. Most of this crowd [w]ere from the Pima County Interfaith Council.” In photo, PCIC leaders pre-meet before filing into the boardroom. Fr. Tom Tureman of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Rev. Randy Mayer of Good Shepherd of United Church of Christ spoke on behalf of the organization.
Over the last year, leaders of the Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC) crafted the resolution, taking into account the concerns of their institutional base and those of Supervisors. This is part of a state-wide strategy to demonstrate a constituency in Arizona that supports federal immigration reform.
County Officially Adopts “Immigrant-Welcoming” Designation, Arizona Daily Star
PCIC Photo Gallery
Fri Nov 15, 2013
Thu Apr 11, 2013
In civic academies on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Valley Interfaith leaders learned that there were almost no Spanish GED classes or testing sites in the County of Hidalgo and a lack of classes to prepare. This led some to travel hours to Brownsville – the only available site in the Rio Grande Valley. Leaders worked with the McAllen Independent School System and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church to expand Spanish language GED preparation classes, and with South Texas College to begin Spanish GED testing in Hidalgo County. Today, more than 60 students are enrolled. [Photo Credit: Steve Taylor, Rio Grande Guardian]
Valley Interfaith Plans to Expand GED En Espanol Program, Rio Grande Guardian
Wed Feb 27, 2013
150 PCIC leaders, DREAMers and their parents filled the Board Room at Pima Community College and cheered when the Board of Governors voted 4-1 in favor of in-state tuition discounts for DACA students. Currently, hundreds of undocumented local students pay five times the in-state rate and are not eligible for financial aid.
PCIC leader Melanie Nelson spoke of the six Deferred Action Civic Academies held at her church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, last fall. “These students have lawful status now, but they can’t afford the high tuition. Before DACA we had several attempted suicides in our parish. Now they need an pathway to an education and a future,” she said. Before the vote, Jimmy Ojeda, a homeowner and parent, from St. John’s, and Monica Leon, a U of A graduate, from Casa Maria Catholic Worker shared their own immigration stories. The group’s goal is now to get the University of Arizona system to follow Pima’s lead.
Tue Jan 29, 2013
After leaders of OTOC’s Immigration Action Team challenged Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer to ensure that immigrants stopped by OPD officers receive fair treatment, OPD issued an official bulletin to all officers informing them that thematricula consular could be accepted as valid identification. (The matricula consular is an identification card issued by consulates verifying the place of residence for foreign nationals.) Photo shows leaders in early encounter with Chief Schmaderer.
OTOC leaders also met with the head of Douglas County Corrections and the regional director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about ways to reduce the number of immigrants with small children being detained in Douglas County jails while they await deportation hearings. ICE has now implemented a new release program which allows up to 100 persons who would otherwise be detained to return home to their families while they await their hearings.
Thu Mar 17, 2011
Thanks to the leadership of AIM (Montgomery County), BUILD (Baltimore), and PATH (Howard County), the Maryland legislature passed the DREAM Act in 2011. This historic legislation allows immigrant high school graduates with taxpaying parents to attend public universities at in-state tuition rates, regardless of immigration status. For more information on next steps to preserve this victory: http://www.actioninmontgomery.org/currentcampaigns
In the News
Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, SB4, Sanctuary Cities, Bishop Joe Vasquez
Texas IAF Joins Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Against Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill
KXAN & Rio Grande Guardian
Friday, February 3, 2017
Said Bishop Joe Vásquez, on behalf of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, “We reject the premise that persons who are merely suspected of being undocumented immigrants should be rounded up by state and local police agents.”
“This bill requires local police and sheriff’s deputies to enforce federal immigration laws as if their job of maintaining public order and the public safety weren’t difficult enough as it is,” said John Elford, senior pastor of University United Methodist Church and member of Austin Interfaith.
Marin Organizing Committee, Deportation, Eviction, Affordable Housing
MOC Confronts Deportation & Eviction Threats to Immigration
Catholic SF & Marin Independent Journal
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Fierce winter rains were not enough to stop over 300 leaders of Marin Organizing Committe from convening to discuss the dual threats many immigrants face: deportation and loss of housing.
Leaders broke into small group meetings at San Rafael Catholic Church to share stories of deportation threats, surprise evictions (including a mother evicted 5 days after giving birth), and rents increased five times within one year, often after tenants complained about a stove burner not working or mold on the carpet.
Unaccompanied Minors, Refugee Children, Migrant Camps
Citizens UK Goes to Court to Protect Vulnerable Refugee Children
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Documents lodged in the high court on Friday criticise the government for failing to deliver an actual process to facilitate the transfer of child refugees under theDublin regulation, effectively forcing charities and volunteers to do the government’s job by carrying out the necessary legal and logistical work. “There is no functioning state system and what system there is, is currently almost entirely dependent on private actors,” the documents state.
Legal papers also reveal that the cases of 111 children eligible to come to Britain have simply not been processed because of the lack of an effective system.
The legal action, brought by Citizens UK, a grassroots network of more than 350 groups, argues that the Home Office has repeatedly failed in its duty to help unaccompanied child refugees trapped in the Calais camp, pointing out a “longstanding failure by the defendant [Home Office] and the French authorities to identify and protect children”....
Refugee Crisis, Masud, Afghan Boy, #refugeeswelcome
Citizens UK Calls on Government to Give Refugees Safe Passage
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Campaigners, politicians and celebrities listened to Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and laid white flowers as a tribute to the dead....
The event was organised by Citizens UK, which is supporting a court case testing whether four child refugees currently stranded in the “Jungle” will be allowed to safely join their families in the UK....
George Gabriel, from Citizens UK, said: “There are hundreds of people with genuine and valid claims to protection in Britain, including many children and young people who desperately need to be reunited with their loved ones.
Refugee Crisis, Registration, DICO, Germany IAF, Christiane Schraml
IAF in Germany Responds to Refugee Crisis in Berlin
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Christiane is currently trying to bring together German citizens and refugees to address the problems related to the refugees crisis, which in her
DICO, a network of citizens platforms, is working with its citizens and refugees leaders to build trust between residents and newcomers, and ensure that city authorities address their problems.
DAPA, DACAm Executive Order, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Socorro Perales
Valley Interfaith Calls on Congress, Calls on Immigrants
Brownsville Herald and more
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The press conference started with the story of teacher in 2001, invited from Mexico to teach in MacAllen in 2001 -- then disinvited when 9/11 attacks led to dramatic changes in the treatment of immigrants....
Traffic Safety, Metro Alliance for the Common Good, Oregon IAF, Measure 88
MACG Packs Hall to Support Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good leaders packed an assembly to hear stories from people impacted by Oregon’s driver’s license laws shared their stories and to advocate for Measure 88 on Oregon’s November ballot, which would allow undocumented immigrants to drive after fulfilling all other requirements.
Nebraska IAF, Commnity Organizing in Omaha, Joe Higgs, Sr. Erickson, Unaccompanied Minors
OTOC Religious Leaders Admonish White House Over Deportations
Friday, August 8, 2014
Less than a week after Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leaders began circulating a statement in support of unaccompanied children at the border, 140 leaders signed on — including Nebraska Episcopal Bishop Scott Barker and NE Lutheran Bishop Brian Maas.
The campaign was precipitated by OTOC immigration action leader Sr. Kathleen Erickson....
Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas, community organizing in Austin, Unaccompanied Children, Migrant Children, Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act
COPS / Metro Calls for Hospitable Treatment of Migrant Children
San Antonio Express-News & Univision
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Clergy and leadership from Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Catholic and Muslim congregations of COPS / Metro delivered a joint statement calling on the President and Congress to demonstrate hospitality to children arriving on the border from Central America.
Community Organizing in Texas, Community Organizing in Houston, Texas IAF, Immigration, Unaccompanied Children, Elizabeth Valdez
TMO, Houston Clergy Call for Protection of Unaccompanied Children from Central America
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
At a press conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization of Houston (TMO), religious leaders from Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, COGIC and Baptist denominations called on the President and Congress to “welcome” unaccompanied children from Central America and guarantee protections afforded to them in the Trafficking Victims Act of 2008.
Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas, organizing in Dallas, Unaccompanied Migrant Children, Unaccompanied Minors, Obama
DAI Calls on President to Protect Unaccompanied Children of Central America
Dallas Morning News
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
In defiance of legislative efforts to denude the Trafficking Victims Act of 2008 of legal protections for unaccompanied minors, Dallas Area Interfaith congregations and bishops called on the White House and Congress to do the opposite: to ensure legal protections for children arriving on our border and stop speed processing of children through immigration courts.
Community Organizing in Texas, Community Organizing in Dallas, CIR, construction workers, Water Breaks, worker safety
DAI Leads Charge on Water Breaks for Construction Workers
FOX 7 News
Friday, July 25, 2014
DAI leaders are supporting the rights of immigrants already in Dallas through a proposed City ordinance that would mandate water breaks for workers every four hours, bilingual signs explaining the ordinance posted at work and a fine levied on employers for every day there is a violation. Said Fr. Joshua Whitfield with Sta. Rita Catholic, “a city ordinance would be creating a culture of safety and health in the Texas heat.”
community organizing in Austin, organizing in Texas, Migrant Children, Jacob Cortes
Austin Interfaith Calls on County to Bring Migrant Children to Central Texas
Austin American Statesman & More
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Austin Interfaith is calling for an organized, coordinated effort to receive a large number of unaccompanied minors. This, they say, shouldn’t be political. For Ofelia Zapata, a strategy team member of the organization, the future of migrant children hits close to home. She sees the face of her own grandchild when she looks at the children.
Austin Interfaith, Secure Communities, Sheriff Hamilton, Resolution 99, Immigration, CIR
Austin Interfaith & Allies Win Vote Against 'Secure Communities'
The Horn & Telemundo
Friday, June 27, 2014
Austin Interfaith and immigration rights allies celebrated a unanimous vote by Austin City Council condemning Travis County's cooperation with Secure Communities and ordering the City Manager to explore alternatives to booking with the County jail.
Community Organizing in Dallas, Community Organizing in Texas, Immigration, Wage Theft, Welcoming the Stranger
500 Dallas Area Interfaith Leaders Launch Immigration Campaign
Dallas Morning News & FOX News
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Pouring into Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, DAI leaders gathered to hear stories of family separation, wage theft, lack of water breaks and undignified apartment conditions.
Community Organizing in Nevada, Nevada IAF, Immigration, ICE detentions, Congressional Hearing, Robert Hoo
Nevada Leaders Big Players in Immigration Congressional Hearing
Las Vegas Review Journal &Las Vegas Sun
Monday, March 24, 2014
Representing Nevadans for the Common Good, a coalition of local faith-based groups, [Bishop Joseph] Pepe questioned whether some people are being detained simply to meet the daily bed quota for immigrants in detention. “Immigration procedures and laws are applied unevenly and often are not filling prosecutorial priorities,” he said.
Immigration, county resolution, PCIC, Pima County Board of Supervisors, Kevin Courtney
PCIC Gets 5-0 Vote Making Pima County "Immigrant Welcoming"
Arizona Daily Star & Tucson News Now
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
After winning a similar resolution in Tucson last year, leaders of the Pima County Interfaith Council leveraged a unanimous vote to make the county in Arizona "immigrant welcoming."
CIR, DACA, SAFE Act, immigration organizing, TMO, Texas IAF, Elizabeth Valdez
TMO Religious Leadership Stands with Young Immigrants
Monday, November 4, 2013
Diana stood before the cameras and the microphones and in a quiet, nervous voice began to tell her story about coming to America. The 18-year-old, who will be graduating from high school this year as a member of the National Honor Society, spoke in perfect English. She spoke effusively about her love of Houston and Texas and America.
Immigration Reform, CIR, SAFE Act, Bishop Riggle-Huie, Cardinal DiNardo, Elizabeth Valdez, Houston
Houston Clergy Urges Lawmakers to Defeat Immigration Enforcement Plan
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Houston clergy joined dozens of immigration reform supporters Wednesday to call for members of Congress to reject a bill that would permit tougher penalties and enforcement for an illegal presence in the United States. At a news conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization...
Immigration Organizing in Arizona, Social Justice, Interfaith, Arizona IAF, Joe Rubio
Flagstaff City Council Passes Resolution for Immigration Reform
Northern Arizona Amigos
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Flagstaff City Council, by a vote of 6-1, approved a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform during a meeting held on Oct. 1 at City Hall. Supporters of the measure spoke before the council prior to the vote, voicing their support. Following the vote, the supporters gathered in the lobby for a celebration, along with an impromptu planning session to map out future action.
The effort was led by the Northern Arizona Interfaith Council,
Community Organizing in California, Immigration, Public Safety, Interfaith, Social Justice
Straight Talk from Immigrants at COPA Meeting with Sheriff
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak took steps toward building trust with the local immigrant community by hosting a town hall meeting Monday to discuss fears around deportation. Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, a Watsonville-based community advocacy group, organized the event to address unreported crime in immigrant communities.
Social Justice, Justice for Immigrants, Organizing in Arizona, CIR, Senator McCain, Rep. Grijalva
150 Arizona Leaders Meet with McCain & Grijalva Re: Immigration
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Clergy and laity (including Catholic Bishop Gerald Kikanes and other denominational bishops) assembled for lengthy, frank and bipartisan conversation with Senator John McCain and US Representative Raul Grijalva about the strategy needed to pass immigration reform this fall. Both concluded...
[Photo Credit: Glenn Jenks]