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Date(s) - Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Let Our Children Go

Statewide Clergy Call on Ending Family Separation & Incarceration of Our Children

Tomorrow: Wednesday June 20, 2018

10:00am – 11:00am

Zoom video link: https://zoom.us/j/443421345

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Dear clergy, faith leaders, and tribal elders:

Please join us tomorrow 6/20 at 10:00am for an urgent statewide call led by Rev. Ben McBride of PICO California to discuss ways in which the faith community across California can help address the crisis of family internment and child incarceration occurring at the border and across the state.

We will share with you the current plans for a statewide faith rally and vigil this weekend at the US/Mexico Border family separation zone.

Please share this invitation with your fellow clergy colleagues.

BACKGROUND

As faith leaders and elders who share across our various traditions core values of human dignity, compassion, justice and community we denounce the barbaric separation of children from their parents unfolding at the US-Mexico border.  We call on you to do everything in your power to highlight and undo this immoral and indefensible policy.

To the terrified children and grieving parents whose families have torn apart, we say: “We see you.” We see your humanity and the love that has impelled you to seek a more secure future. Our hearts break with you and for you.

To Attorney General Sessions and other federal officials who have devised this ‘zero-compassion’ policy at the border, and to all those complicit in implementing it, we say: “Not on our watch.”

We will not stand by while children are traumatized and families are separated in our name.  We will pray, teach, vote and mobilize our communities of faith to resist all policies that punish our immigrant families and to promote policies that will end the separation of families in the months ahead.

Nor will we abide the invocation of sacred texts to justify this shameful policy.

We will call upon Congress and our leaders to:

  1. Immediately end the inhumane and immoral practice of separating children from their parents
  2. Immediately reunite the over 2,000 children who have been torn apart from their mothers and fathers
  3. End the inhumane practice of incarcerating children in our country
  4. Replace the current system of childhood incarceration rooted in punishment and profit with a new system rooted in restorative justice and healing

Joseph Tomás Mckellar and Rev. Ben McBride, Co-Directors, PICO California, (916) 606-3865
joseph@picocalifornia.org   (916) 813-9447, ben@picocalifornia.org

Info from:  Kevin Malone, Executive Director, San Diego Organizing Project, 4305 University Avenue, Suite 530, San Diego, CA 92105, t: 619.285.0797 l m: 619.840.6455