When: 4:00pm, Friday, February 15th
Where: 1 Union Avenue, New Haven
Join faith groups and social justice organizations as we sing hymns for a world with no borders and no prisons.
This event will be brief and followed by a community dinner (Location TBA).
In this Lenten season, we will challenge ourselves to give up the militarization of the US-Mexico border, and the policies in
Connecticut that deny due process and human rights to immigrants.
We will mourn the 179 people whose remains were found in the desert on the US-Mexico border last year.
We will denounce the Department of Homeland Security’s “Secure Communities” program, which has torn apart more than 400 Connecticut families.
We will stand in solidarity with Josemaria Islas, a New Haven man who is facing deportation. He was on his lunch break when the Hamden Police arrested him, looking for a Latino man who had attempted to steal a bicycle. Although he was later acquitted, his fingerprints were sent to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the moment of his arrest, according to Secure Communities procedure. As a result, he
spent five months in jail and will be deported as soon as next week, all because he was racially profiled and accused of a crime he did not commit.
We are angered that more than 155 Connecticut residents have been deported after they were arrested and fingerprinted but never charged or never convicted of a crime.
We will call on the judicial marshals, who run the lock-up at 1 Union Avenue, to stop complying with Secure Communities.
We will dare to imagine that a world without borders and prisons is not only possible, but is demanded by a faith which declares that we are all “strangers and aliens in the world,” (1 Peter 2:11) and that Christ “has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (Ephesians 2:14).
Join us throughout Lent for Lent Without Borders actions, of which this will be the first of 6. To see our agenda or endorse Lent Without Borders, visit:
Lent Without Borders has been endorsed by the following faith-based
and secular groups:
Amistad Catholic Worker New Haven
Brazilian Immigrant Center of Bridgeport
Greater New Haven Peace Council
John Gage, Pastor of United Church on the Green
Seminarians for a Democratic Society
Shalom United Church of Christ
Tom Gye Kim, Pastor of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church
Unidad Latina en Accion – New Haven Workers Association
Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven Immigration Rights Task Force