LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS & ACTION ITEMS
Increase Oversight and Accountability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Every day the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) serve migrants who have experienced abuses at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol agents. To dig deeper into this complex system and understand where it fails migrants, KBI and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States are releasing a new report: “Intake without Oversight: Firsthand Experiences with Customs and Border Protection Complaints Process.”
Based upon findings from 49 complaints filed from October 2015 to March 2017, the report reveals that Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) complaint and oversight system is inadequate in investigating allegations of abuse.
Please join us, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the border, in calling on our legislators to increase oversight and accountability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and to ensure humane treatment at the border. TAKE ACTION!
Check out the FAITH IN ACTION facebook page for the latest action items in the bay area.
Faith in Action Bay Area is a network of faith communities committed to ensuring that the dignity of all members of our community is upheld.
ISLC EVENTS &
OTHER EVENTS AROUND TOWN
Accompaniment Training (with Faith in Action)
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco
Come learn how to be part of an accompaniment team. We will discuss how congregational-based teams build relationships to support individuals and/or families, and how “pick-up” teams show up for specific accompaniment events such as court hearings, immigration check-ins, or visits to detention centers. We’ll share our stories, and hear from those who have been accompanied and those who have provided accompaniment.
Saber Tus Derechos de Inquilino: Know Your Tenant Rights (Spanish)
Sunday, September 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
San Antonio de Padua Church Parish Hall, 3215 Cesar Chavez St., San Francisco
St. Agnes in the News
"Op-ed: Fighting workplace raids to protect California’s workers" in El Tecolote Newspaper.
Read the whole article at http://eltecolote.org/
El Tecolote newspaper began as a project in a La Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University. Prof. Juan Gonzales created the class as a way to channel more Latinos into journalism. In the 1970s, Latinos and other people of color were virtually invisible in the major newsrooms. Today El Tecolote continues to provide original local news, portraying the diverse spectrum of Latino life.
Your Call Podcasts From KALW:
The Sanctuary Movement
The Sanctuary Movement emerged in Churches in the 1980s to aid refugees fleeing to the United States from Central American countries experiencing civil war. These people had a very difficult time obtaining sanctuary from the United States government, even as the U.S. had a hand funding these wars. For more information on sanctuary, click HERE.
Sanctuary has surged once again to reach out to those in our current who may be facing raids or deportations. Please join the movement by participating in one of the opportunities listed below.
How You Can Help!
The Parish Sanctuary Committee is a group of highly motivated and committed individuals who lead the parish effort in understanding and strategizing how to live out sanctuary as a community. This Committee takes the initiative on events and works with the ministries listed below to ensure healthy, flexible and proper response to Sanctuary-related needs and developments,
The Accompaniment Team is a group of individuals who are able to respond to requests for support for immigrant or refugee families who are facing a crisis. This may involve any number of tasks such as hosting a family, helping an individual navigate legal or governmental institutions, providing spiritual care, or babysitting during a busy time.
WHAT IS ACCOMPANIMENT?
Accompaniment is intergenerational, cross-class, multiracial and multilingual. The teams make our communities' mutual support visible and tangible. We learn to accompany those facing detention or deportation, and fight alongside them for freedom and dignity. We give each other strength and build long-term relationship through shared experience. The teams, along with lawyers, go to deportation hearings, immigration check-ins, and court. They accompany immigrants resisting unfair bosses or landlords. They pray, talk, break bread, share stories and reflect together on strategy. The message: You're not alone.
(Definition & Explanation by Faith in Action)
Rapid Response Network
The Rapid Response Network is a program through the Archdiocese of San Francisco that is designed to respond in the moment to a raid that is happening in the city. The idea is simple: the faith community will be present wherever ICE shows up. When a raid goes down, members of the network are alerted so that they can respond immediately. Members are asked to report to the area (you are alerted by zip code) and encouraged to catch the raid on cell phone video, be a loving and peaceful presence for victims and for the community, and hold prayer vigils. The main idea is to put the faith community's eyes on what is happening so that we can witness exactly what is happening to our neighbors, support our neighbors so they know they are not alone, and then share this witness experience with the world.
Parish Education Initiative
The Parish Education Initiative are made up of people who are willing to learn about the history of the sanctuary movement and then help educate parishioners. These individuals would organize events, create materials, and lead information sessions so that people can be properly educated as they enter participation in the movement.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please email Natalie Terry, ISLC Director at Natalie@SaintAgnesSF.com.
MORE SANCTUARY RESOURCES
Bay Area Rapid Response Hotline Numbers
to report Detentions and Deportation threats:
Alameda County (ACILEP): 510-241-4011
San Francisco (SFILEN): 415-200-1548
San Mateo County: 203-NOMIGRA (203-666-4472)
California Statewide: 1-844-878-7801
Nationwide- United We Dream: 1-844-363-1423
Jesuit Network Resources & Documents
Ignatian Solidarity Network has an extensive list of resources including relevant articles, prayer resources, and institutional programs.
Sign up for the Bay Area Resistance
Rapid Response Action/Mobilization Network:
Text RESIST to 41411 for action alerts
Be An Advocate
Use the Muslim Advocates' page to report hate crimes against our Islamic neighbors. It is just one more tool to fight hate.
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Ignatian Spiritual Life Center
A Ministry of St. Agnes Parish
1611 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-487-8560 ext. 228
A ministry of St. Agnes Parish in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center has a three council structure that discerns the programming we need to live an Ignatian life of devotion and service. Our areas of focus are Church Justice, Global Justice and Spiritual Life. Each council offers programming aimed at mobilizing the larger community to love the world the way God intends. Programming includes adult education and faith formation, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, spiritual direction, opportunities for prayer and retreat, and an ongoing commitment to dialogue and service in our Church and world.