About 200 people attended Valley Voices in Action Community Town Hall meeting at the Howland High School Gym Saturday afternoon.
The number of churches willing to offer sanctuary has doubled to more than 800 since Trump’s election and is still growing.
Faith based leaders from across California visited their local representatives in Sacramento last Wednesday–demanding they protect the rights of undocumented immigrants and religious freedom.
“It is this [Presidential] administration that has declared law and order,” PICO California Co-Executive Director Rev. Ben McBride expressed. “We are living in a different moment. And this different moment is going to call upon us to have different kind of courage and different kind of conversation.”
President Trump’s promise of a crackdown on illegal immigration has congregations across the state and country again mobilizing to shield immigrants from deportation. In a deep blue state where many oppose Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, churches have emerged as a key part of the resistance effort. It’s part politics and part religious duty.
Faith in the Valley, a faith-based community organization, has a month-long request in to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, for a meeting to discuss health reform. “We need concrete commitments from our Central Valley Congress members that they will not support any proposal which removes coverage from our most vulnerable Central Valley families,” Andy Levine said.
Churches across the United States have formed a grassroots movement to oppose the Trump administration’s immigration policies and to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants threatened with immediate deportation. More than 800 churches and some synagogues have declared themselves sanctuaries and are taking other measures to stop the deportation of immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Standing, arms outstretched and hands clasped with their neighbor’s, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists and pagans surrounded Santa Clara’s Muslim Community Association (MCA building for Hands Around the Mosque, an interfaith showing of solidarity in support of American Muslims on March 19.
While lawmakers in Washington grapple over repealing and replacing Obamacare, protesters are taking to the streets in Springfield. They're taking a message against a possible repeal straight to congressman Billy long's office in Springfield. Missouri faith voices and Springfield’s NAACP are teaming up to also pray for better healthcare and to send the letter. The letter asks the congressman to help repair and expand Obamacare rather than get rid of it.
Representatives from the NAACP's Springfield branch and Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri presented a letter to Royce Reding, Long's local district director. The letter, written by Cheryl Clay of the local NAACP and Susan Schmalzbauer of Faith Voices, credits the Affordable Care Act with improving health care coverage for women and African-Americans and implores Long to repair Obamacare instead of gutting it.
As President Donald Trump continues to push his immigration policies, which include mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, churches and government leaders throughout L.A. County are preparing for a showdown.
Last week, the Malibu City Council voted 3-2 in favor of a resolution to become a sanctuary city. Backers said the move is a chance for Malibu’s privileged to stand up for the city’s vulnerable population.
Residents Joan MacDonald and Steve Chandler, who signed the original petition to put Measure V on the Nov. 8 ballot, will partner with Linda Williams and groups Urban Habitat and Faith in Action Bay Area to battle efforts to render the rent control initiative invalid. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William J. Elfving last week granted their request to intervene in the suit.
The Oakland residents are among a growing number of immigrants who are preparing for the worst by making deportation-preparedness plans. Across the Bay Area, immigrant rights advocates and faith-based organizations are advising undocumented residents and those in mixed-status households to create a family plan that includes making child-custody arrangements and getting their finances in order.
Members of the group, Valley Voices in Action, made a trip to Portman's Cleveland office on Tuesday to deliver more than 200 postcards expressing concerns over the GOP health care act.
Scores of D.C. churches, mosques, and synagogues are pledging to resist the Trump Administration's deportation plans. The houses of worship are offering sanctuary and help to migrants threatened with detention. They're calling it "sacred resistance" and SanctuaryDMV.
The LIVE FREE campaign and the Solomon Group will kick off Monday a ten-city tour to help launch 1,000 black businesses that would generate an estimated $5 million in new revenue in cities across the country, including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Memphis, Tenn.
San Bernardino may soon have a new tool to address violent crime. Earlier this month, the City Council approved a contract with California Partnerships for Safe Communities to implement a program known as Ceasefire, which, among other things, seeks to work with individuals at risk of involvement in violent crime and find productive solutions.
NCRP members share what nonprofits need most from foundations and donors as they advocate for and organize communities around equity, inclusion and social justice.
Faith leaders and congregants connected to LA Voice — a coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques — are stepping up to offer sanctuary in their own homes throughout Los Angeles County. The Rev. Zachary Hoover, executive director of LA Voice, a member of PICO National Network, said that “with some hustle” they could find sanctuary housing for more than 150 people.
Shootings in a pair of economically distressed California cities were skyrocketing, leaving the impression of an epidemic, but analysis by California Partnerships for a Safe Community revealed relatively few people are behind many of those shootings.
Immigration agents arrested 26 people in Minnesota last week as part of three-day operation in the Midwest — the largest such effort in the state since the Trump administration took over with promises of ramped-up immigration enforcement.