On March 2nd and 3rd, hundreds of people from across the country looking to expand sanctuary where they live will gather in Philadelphia, PA for two days of strategy, training, vision, and convergence.
We have a vision for our communities of real safety that doesn’t include immigration raids, police shootings, mass incarceration, or anti-trans violence. The attacks on our communities are not siloed. Our responses can’t be either. Politically and practically, we need each other. Demands raised by the Movement for Black Lives to address state violence, criminalization, and over-policing are also steps necessary to protect migrant rights in the current moment.
Despite what the current President orders, local officials have authority and power to protect their cities and towns by refusing to be conscripted into federal deportation efforts and by addressing the criminalization and over-policing in many places that funnel migrant residents into removal proceedings and Black, Latino, poor, and other communities of color into the prison system. [Read the full report here]
In the wake of the recent executive orders, nearly 200 cities have started petitions to expand sanctuary in their town. Mijente and other partners (announcing shortly) are convening organizers, community members, and leaders from those campaigns for the Expanding Sanctuary Conference 2017.