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A moral call for migrant justice – an action in support of those seeking sanctuary at our southern border.  From American Friends Service Committee.

Are you planning to come to San Diego to join AFSC for a faith led mass action at the Border December 8th – 10th?

Or want to lead or join a solidarity action in your area?

Check out the information below.    Also a beginning FAQ for people coming to San Diego is at the bottom of this email.

Join us at the Border in San Diego December 8th – 10th or

Join a Solidarity Action in cities across the US December 10th – 18th

The American Friends Service Committee invites you to stand in prophetic witness with border residents against the militarization of their communities, and for the absolute protection of migrants seeking refuge and sanctuary.

Mass Action at the Border in San Diego

Specifically, we are asking you to send a delegation to the border in San Diego/Tijuana December 8th to 10th culminating in a faith action on Dec. 10 and support outreach through your networks for solidarity actions across the country during the week.

Week of Solidarity Actions

We call for a week of action, beginning on December 10, International Human Rights Day, and ending on December 18, International Migrants’ Day.

Join us at the Border in San Diego December 8th – 10th or

Join a Solidarity Action in cities across the US December 10th – 18th

SAN DIEGO ACTIVITIES

Saturday, December 8th, 1:30 to 5pm

Non-Violent Direct Action Training / December 10th Mass Action Prep #1

University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Hillcrest

3900 Cleveland, San Diego, 92103

those participating and “taking risk” must attend ONE of these TWO trainings

Afternoon – Border Workshop

Details of exact time and location coming soon.

Sunday, December 9th, 1:30 to 5pm

Non-Violent Direct Action Training / December 10th Mass Action Prep #2

University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Hillcrest

3900 Cleveland, San Diego, 92103

those participating and “taking risk” must attend ONE of these TWO trainings

6:30pm to 9pm

Interfaith Service led by local clergy and Poor People’s Campaign

University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Hillcrest

3900 Cleveland, San Diego, 92103

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTION:

If I want to participate and take risk when should I show up in San Diego?

ANSWER:

Absolute latest would be by 1:30 on Sunday, December 9th at the Non Violent Direct Action Training.

Welcome to come on Saturday and participate in the trainings and activities and help out in our preparation of activities.

If you would like to arrive earlier and help out, reach out to us and let you know when you are available, how much time you can offer, and how you could help.

QUESTION:

I want to “take the risk” but also need to know when I can go back home, to work, to family, etc.  What can you tell me?

ANSWER:

First, we are still consulting with attorneys to understand the possibilities.  If you take a risk, there is a good chance you could still return home late Monday night, potentially earlier.  There is also a real possibility that you wouldn’t be able to leave until Tuesday.  And of course, with this Administration and current climate, there are possibilities, although not likely, that you may be detained longer.

QUESTION:

If I can’t “take the risk” at this action should I still come? Can I come to the training?

ANSWER:

That is your decision but we want you there.   Your presence is important to those who are seeking to come to the US, to those seeking asylum, those fleeing direct and economic violence.   You presence is also important for those who are “taking risk”.  Regarding the training, YES, we want folks who are educated and informed at the action.

QUESTION:

Where should I stay on the December 8th, 9th, and 10th?

ANSWER:

By Thursday, AFSC will send you lists of hotels in which we have reserved blocks of hotel rooms that you can reserve and book at the $50 – 90 range, $91 – 130 range, and $130 plus range.

You will be able to call those hotels of your choice and reserve a room.  If you book on your own we encourage to NOT use Marriot as their workers have been on strike.

AFSC is likely to also have limited number of free spaces.  These spaces will likely be with one of our congregation partners and the space may be cot in a collective and co-ed space.

Lastly, AFSC is raising funds for rooms for those of you who want to participate but can’t afford to do so otherwise.  Funds are limited and will be determined on a case by case situation with a focus on people of faith from most impacted communities.

QUESTION:

Can you tell me about the action?

ANSWER:

What we can say at this moment is that the action will be at the border and will require about 3 miles of walking, with about one third on sandy terrain.

QUESTION:
What should I bring?

ANSWER:

Walking shoes, sun block, sun glasses, comfortable clothing and asking clergy to wear your religious garb.  We may have more suggestions as we get closer.

QUESTION:
Can I volunteer?

ANSWER

Yes, just let us know in your registration form details of your availability and what you are willing to do (or not do).  We will likely be able to put you to work.

QUESTION:

Can I give money?

ANSWER:

Absolutely!  Donate to AFSC Caravan effort now!  Want to specifically help with contributions for directly impacted clergy and clergy of color to participate in the action?  Contact us and let us know and we will help you make that donation.

QUESTION:

I have more questions? Can you answer them?

ANSWER:

We will try.  Zeb is a volunteer who has agreed to support with this effort and will be dedicating quite a bit of time.  His goal is to email back responses and may be able to make/take some phone calls.   He will also be sending a more extensive list of FAQs next during the week of December 3rd.  If you haven’t registered already, please do and there is a place you can ask questions there and Zeb will be in touch.

Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Minister/Activist/Public Theologian

Palomar UU Fellowship

909.730.0711