Take the Next Step After the Pilgrimage
OUR IMMIGRATION CRISIS IS A MORAL CRISIS
We are excited to announce ECCO’s Solidarity Pilgrimage for Immigrant Justice, August 19th-24th. Walking from the JFK Building in Boston (Warren Headquarters) to the ICE Detention Center in Dover, NH, we will join pilgrimage partners from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
We walk to denounce the racist immigration system that dehumanizes Muslims, uses Black and Brown bodies for profit, cages children, and causes death. We will call on the presidential primary candidates to make immigration a centerpiece of their presidential platforms.
Why We Are Walking
Why are we walking? Because history and conscience demand we take action. As Dr. Stephen Ray, President of Chicago Theological Seminary teaches, we are in a pre-genocidal moment, characterized by three factors: 1) One group of people is targeted and demonized. 2) A registry is created to track these people. 3) Concrete plans are developed to remove those targeted from the nation.
As we witness the horrific violence increasing towards those who are judged not to belong, Muslims, Jews, Black folks, immigrants, and others, we are called to act in the spirit of the Hebrew prophets - boldly, courageously, and creatively! To this end, we are walking to incite public moral outrage at our government’s unjust actions against the immigrant community.
We are sending a message that our immigration crisis is a moral crisis. Through our public pressure, we must create permanent protection and a path towards citizenship for the many undocumented immigrants that strengthen our communities. Members of our ECCO immigrant community like Blanca, who recently was interviewed for this article in the Boston Globe, are fighting every day against unjust deportation and detention. This is our moment to join them!
Closing Event in Dover, NH
Please join us for the closing event of the ECCO Pilgrimage on Saturday, August 24th at 3pm at the Stratford Detention Center in Dover, where pilgrims from Massachusetts will join with partner groups from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. We will hold a funeral for all those who have died senselessly at the hands of ICE and our broken immigration system, mourn over a child-sized coffin bearing the names of children whom we have lost, and call on the candidates to commit to ending detention and deportation until Congress passes just immigration reform.
Meet us at: Stratford County Detention Center, 266 County Farm Rd, Dover, NH 03820
Sign up here to join! (Note: You can skip the questions about marching in the pilgrimage and just fill out the one about coming on the 24th to our final event in Dover.)
Join us to call on the candidates to end detentions and deportations now!
We undertook our #SolidarityPilgrimage to denounce the racist immigration system that dehumanizes Muslims, uses Black and Brown bodies for profit, cages children, and causes death. We know we need to change our immigration policy, but politicians and the public are not yet making it a priority. That is why we are working to make immigration a central issue in the 2020 presidential election, and calling on all presidential candidates to commit to ending detentions and deportations until Congress passes just immigration reform!
Join us on Tuesday, August 27th at 7pm on for a powerful training and orientation on how YOU can join our movement! On the call, you will learn about ECCO, our strategy for change, and how YOU can make a difference! Register for the call HERE!