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Join the Interfaith Advocacy to Defund Hate at ICE and CBP

Wednesday April 20

Take Action:

In April, the faith community observes some of the most important holy days in their respective calendars, dedicated to reflection, holiness, and freedom. In honor of this Holy month, the faith members of the Defund Hate campaign, UUSJ among these, invite you to participate in an Interfaith Day of Action on April 20.

This event will provide faith actors — like you — across the country the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and take online action to demand they dramatically cut funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As our representatives start negotiations on the budget for 2023, this is our opportunity to let them know that in this next budget cycle, they need to follow through on their promises and protect and invest in immigrant communities, and not invest more money in ICE and CBP.

“During this Holy Season, we Unitarian Universalists reaffirm, reflect and act on our sacred principle that every human being is worthy of dignity and respect. Our migrant communities, many of whom are essential workers, many of whom have fled repressive conditions and violence, are being criminalized and taken from their loved ones. They deserve safe harbors, protection, and care, not the separation of their families. Our country does not need more investment in an unjust carceral system enforced by ICE and the Border Patrol. We need investments in our communities to reduce poverty, expand healthcare and childcare, climate protections, and more.”

– Susan Leslie, Unitarian Universalist Association

“As Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Passover, we are reminded that the story of our people has been one of migration and liberation since the very beginning. Speaking personally, I owe my life to the fact that my grandparents were able to migrate to this country from Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. At a time when immigrant communities and families are under siege by over-funded and unaccountable immigration enforcement agencies, our multi-racial Jewish community is called to divest from these unjust systems and invest in transforming this society to one that is truly welcoming of immigrants.”

– Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Bend the Arc Action