Fast for Our Families continues in New York and Texas detention centers.



Immigration through the Lens of Faith
Where Immigrant and Worker Rights Intersect


April 29, 2010, 3-6 PM


This workshop will equip participants with basic knowledge
of immigration issues and provide practical proven solutions on
how to engage in protecting the rights of immigrant workers.


Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Parish Hall
464 NE 16th St., Miami, FL 33132

Who should attend:

          o clergy and congregants
          o staff and leaders of interfaith organizations
          o religious or community outreach staff of unions
          o community service or agency staff
          o staff of faith based institutions
          o staff of organizations or groups involved in immigration advocacy


Registration Fee: $10 Includes materials and refreshments.
Registration Deadline: April 27


To Register:
Mail registration form and check to:
South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, 150 SW 13th Ave., Miami, FL 33135
or
Email form to interfaith@sfiwj.org and bring check to the workshop
or
Fax form to (786) 264-1859 and bring check to the workshop

For more information, please contact:
Jeanette Smith, (305) 598-1404; jeanettesmith@sfiwj.org
Erin Marth, (786) 344-0829; erinmarth@sfiwj.org








For Our Sister People of Haiti

In these moments of pain for our Haitian brothers and sisters, we, the fasters, want to express our solidarity and send our condolences. Our thoughts and all our prayers are with those who still don’t have news from their family in Haiti or, even
worse, have lost a loved one in this natural disaster. Therefore, we call on President Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the United States so that they can support their country and their family members in this moment of anguish. En Espanol.



Breaking News:


February 8, 2010: Press Conference in front of Congressman Ortiz Office Building  Zoila Molina goes on Hunger Strike with son Ronald Molina, who is being detained at Port Isabel Detention Center, to stop the separation of her family

February 5, 2010: Press Conference at Port Isabel Detention Center
Members of Southwest Workers' Union  (family members of immigrants in detention) were denied authorization was also denied to members of the press who would have documented the tour.

70 Detainees Hunger Strike at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Bayview, TX:  Began On National Day of Action Against Sherriff Arpaio, The Hunger Strike grows in Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Continue Reading.


Press Release
(January 14, 2010)
"
Fast for Our Families Enters Third Week -  Calling for TPS for Haitians, Facing Serious Health Concerns"


January 14 - Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to visit fasters

Huffington Post (Jane Guskin)- January 12, 2010

New Immigrant Revolution: Wake up-- It's happening NOW


January 12 - Candlelight Vigil in Gainesville  The Emmanuel Mennonite Church of Gainesville, who knows first hand the situation of immigrants in detention, will sponsor a candlelight vigil in support of the Fast for Our Families and the Trail of Dreams. The solidarity event will be held at the at Westminster Presbyterian Church's Community Building at 1521 NW 34th Street, on January 12 from 7-9. More.


El Sentinel - January 8, 2010
"Huelga de hambre para detener deportaciones"


In Solidarity: Interfaith Vigil in Raymondville, Texas at Willacy C ounty Processing Center on Saturday, January 9th. 


The New Sanctuary Movement of Milwaukee announces Solidarity Fast

Members will fast every Friday until the demands of the Fasters are met.  Read about our other Solidarity Actions.



New York Daily News - January 7

"President Obama has not followed through on his promise of fair immigration reform"

Miami Herald - January 6

"U.S. Catholic leaders want President Obama to make immigration reform a priority"


(January 5, 2010) Immigrant Rights Movement Escalates! Detained Haitian Immigrant Leader Jean Montrevil Joins Fast for Our Families as 8 NY Clergy Arrested Fighting Separation of Families



Letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

How the Obama Administration Can Keep Families Together - Policy Document






January 17, 2010 Vigil at Mision Sta. Ana


Sabastien tells about going to the hospital




Statements of Support for the Fast for Our Families



January 17, 2010 Vigil


Program       Photos



Official Statement from the F
asters - January 17, 2010

"Breaking Our Fast and Continuing Our Struggle"


Today marks the 17th day since we started the Fast for Our Families, entering St. Ann’s Catholic Mission in Naranja, Florida.  On New Year’s Day we vowed to only consume liquids until President Obama heard the v oice of all families being torn apart by this broken immigration system.  We made this promise as humble people in a community devastated by raids, detentions, and deportations.  We made this promise as people forced to endure the daily phone calls about someone’s family being deported.  We have been deported ourselves, and survived the desert just to see our children again.  We have seen the government telling us that our families don’t deserve to be together.  We have been detained in jails, and detention centers, and humiliated into wearing electronic shackles. We have been treated as if we are not human.  Continue Reading.    En Espanol.




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