Interfaith Vigils to Support Immigrant Detainees

Join Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights

 1st Saturdays of every month:  

West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond:


Vigil attendees at West County Detention Facility

We invite you to join our vigils this fall as we gather to pray and bear witness to the pain, suffering, and separation of immigrant detainees, and to call for real and immediate immigration reform. We invite you to join us to pray, sing, and act for just immigration solutions.  Please bring a noisemaker for our sacred Moment of Noise– where we let the detainees know that we have not forgotten them.

You can also volunteer for a shift at the Immigrant Hospitality Table we are organizing outside the detention facility to provide hospitality, helpful resources and a listening ear.   Click here to sign up:  

If you would like to be part of our Accompaniment Team working to end isolation of detained immigrants and their families, contact dlee@clueca.org


Volunteers at the Hospitality Table


 
Why we vigil at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond

 

We do this to stand in solidarity with the 100-150 people being held at West County Detention Facility for deportation. We know that many have not been convicted of any “crime”, but are charged with a civil offense. We know that often the chief breadwinner is taken away putting families in economic jeopardy.  We know that S-COM’s implementation of our immigration laws makes communities less secure. SO…

 

We do this to call attention to our government’s deportation of a thousand people a day (409,000 FY 2012). We seek to stop this system therefore we seek to draw attention to S-com and change its policies. AND…

 

We do this to give moral and spiritual support to the families whose loved ones are being held here.  We know their trauma can be deep and their lives filled with fear. We seek to give practical advice and counsel on legal, medical and food and housing issues and to be a friendly face. And we also do this to provide opportunity for people directly impacted by S-com to share their truth – to give their testimony that they know they are not alone. SO TODAY….

 

We pray together for a just and fair immigration policy that the promise on the statue of liberty is not a sentiment only for patriotic days, but one we endorse through our actions every day. We also know that all our faith traditions call upon us to welcome strangers and aliens for they too are our sisters and brothers for once our ancestors were strangers and aliens in this land. 


For more information about immigration detention, go to: 

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