In the face of extremist anti-immigrant agenda, Sanctuary in the Streets draws on our ancient traditions to respond with courage, spirit and bold action. Since a family cannot seek Sanctuary in a congregation if their house is raided, we will bring the congregation to them by holding an interfaith service. An internal memo in ICE prevents officers from conducting enforcement in sensitive locations, such as congregations, schools, and hospitals. The interfaith service claims the space as holy ground, as a place of worship, and therefore ICE should not conduct enforcement. An interfaith service also sets the tone of the action as peaceful and prayerful. In this dark time people of faith must increase our light – by lifting up, and living out, our values of love and radical hospitality.
We are developing a Rapid Response Hotline which will be staffed 24/7. The hotline can be used to report ICE activities, obtain information about local resources, and obtain other information which you may need. When we receive a call to report an ICE raid, we will send an emergency alert to all trained members of Sanctuary in the Streets and activate our raid response system. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanctuary in the Streets goals:
- Stand in solidarity and accompany families targeted by raids
- Prayerfully be present at raids – we will bring our presence, songs, prayers, and bodies to peacefully and prayerfully be present at a raid.
- Put public pressure on ICE and the Administration to stop all raids and deportations. These raids violate our values and we will not stand silent when ICE comes into a neighborhood and takes tears apart families. This action will shine a light on raids and uncover the persecution of immigrant communities in the US today.
- Raids and the threat of raids send a wave of terror through the immigrant community. Sanctuary in the Streets counters this with a message of hope, faith and planned action in immigrant communities.
- Assist detained immigrants with obtaining bail when allowed.