SET THE CAPTIVES FREE:
OUR SOLIDARITY PILGRIMAGE AND BEYOND
PUTTING IMMIGRATION ON THE 2020 ELECTION AGENDA
In late August, hundreds of ECCO clergy and faith leaders walked 70 miles from Boston to the ICE Detention Center in Dover, NH to raise up the stories of immigrants that have died at the hands of ICE and our broken immigration system. We proclaimed that our immigration crisis is a moral crisis and called on all presidential candidates to make immigration a centerpiece of their presidential platforms.
Now, our walk is over, but our SET THE CAPTIVES FREE campaign is going strong. Over the coming months, we will bring our funeral for immigrant children who have died senselessly to candidate events. We will put one question to the candidates front and center:
“Will you commit that, if elected, you will end all detention and deportations until Congress passes just immigration reform?”
PROPHETIC ACTION IN THE FACE OF MORAL CRISIS
We do this work to denounce the racist immigration system that dehumanizes Muslims, uses Black and Brown bodies for profit, cages children, and causes death. 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 continuing our solidarity efforts to set the captives free and incite public moral outrage at our government’s unjust actions against the immigrant community. Through our public pressure and prophetic outcry, we hope to make immigration so central an issue that the public demands bold action and our elected officials finally pass permanent protection and a path towards citizenship for the many undocumented immigrants that strengthen our communities.
Press and Pictures from Our Campaign So Far
Our efforts are already putting immigration front and center. Click here for extensive media coverage of our campaign so far.
We Need You
Join us for these upcoming opportunities to take action:
Set the Captives Free - Funeral and Immigrant Justice Action outside NH Democratic Convention
When: Saturday, September 7th, 8:30-11 AM
Where: Be at Manchester’s Victory Park, ready to walk the 10 minutes to the convention by 8:30 AM.
What: Continuing the journey that we began with the ECCO pilgrimage in August, we are continuing our solidarity efforts to set the captives free and incite public moral outrage at our government’s unjust actions against the immigrant community. Join us as we hold a funeral for immigrant children who have died at the hands of our cruel immigration system.
ECCO Community Meeting - Mark your calendar!
When: Thursday, September 26th: 6:00 PM Potluck, 7:00-9:00 PM meeting.
Where: Location soon to be announced
What: Gather with members of congregations from across ECCO to reconnect, share a potluck meal, and make important decisions that will move us forward in our work.
We will be headed to candidate events across the political spectrum in the coming months. Stay tuned!