All summer long, you have been standing on the side of love with immigrant families. From California to Florida to New York (where Rev. Susan Karlson recently got arrested to raise awareness about the dire need for immigration reform), you are putting your faith in action!
Now, with Congress returning from their August Recess next week, we must escalate our work for immigrant justice. There will be many ways to plug into over the next few months and we’ve just revamped our resources page. Click here to learn more and get involved.
We are also really excited to announce that Standing on the Side of Love is joining with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition in a rolling Fast Action for Immigration Reform during the month of September.
Imagine hundreds of thousands of people of different faiths fasting and praying together in an act of solidarity and hope. Join us for a spiritual fast that will enable us to take on some of the suffering of our broken immigration system and focus more clearly on reflection and action for change. Demonstrate your solidarity with immigrant communities by fasting for just one meal, a day, or every week, or you can fast by abstaining from caffeine or social media or whatever would be spiritually important to you. All our denominations will be spreading the word, sharing our stories, and creating a huge moral movement for immigrant justice.
Click here commit to join with thousands of others across the country for the interfaith Fast Action for Immigration Reform.
Standing on the Side of Love will be co-hosting a webinar this coming Monday to help kick off the fast, where you can learn about the current status of immigration legislation and how to raise awareness. Click here to sign up for the webinar.
Together, we will ensure that our voices are heard in the halls of Congress. We will get just, compassionate immigration reform passed this year!
Rev. Noel Andersen, UCC Minister, Interfaith Immigration Coalition Grassroots Chair, & Church World Service Grassroots Coordinator
Jennifer Toth, Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager
PS: Heads up–we are also gearing up to join local immigrant rights organizations in a National Day of Action for Dignity and Respect on October 5.
The message above went out on Thursday, September 5, 2013 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.