Immigrants play a vital role in the economic, cultural, and intellectual life of this country. Indeed this is a nation of immigrants. All elected officials should support the immediate moratorium on deportation, harassment, discrimination, criminalization and incarceration against immigrants.
All elected officials should support the rights of immigrants to attain legal driver’s licenses and higher education to support the flourishing of immigrant families.
All elected officials should stand up against Islamophobia and other forms of religious and racial/ethnic discrimination/xenophobia.
WATCH THE GATHERING ON IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
Live from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove co-hosted The Gathering on August 6, 2017 to discuss the moral issue of immigration in partnership with the National Sanctuary Movement. We heard from Pastor José Chicas, who is resisting his deportation order with the support of his community in Sanctuary at the School for Conversion, and DACA-mented organizer Isabel Castillo.
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TESTIMONIES OF IMPACTED PEOPLE
SCRIPTURAL & PROPHETIC REFERENCES
When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
– Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22
"When the law of a president of a country is out of law with the architect of the universe, God's moral law demands we engage in and support sanctuary for our brothers and sisters."
– Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
– Constitution of the United States, 14 Amendment, Section 1
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The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.
The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
We need a new Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.