News from the Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition

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We would like you to know that our website, www.nnjsanctuary.org, has an Announcements page which indicates the date and time of our upcoming monthly board meetings, which have been held on Zoom since the beginning of Covid, and most of which are open to the public. Many of our board meetings are preceded by an educational session of 30-40 minutes. The sessions provide information helpful to our board members in our work with our clients, but much of this information would be of interest to those who want to be informed about immigration issues. A recent such session featured a speaker who talked about the intersection of climate degradation and immigration.

During the current year, the NNJSC has advocated on behalf of asylum seekers and against ICE detention. We supported passage of NJ’s law banning new or renewed ICE contracts and played a leading role in ending ICE detention at the Bergen Jail. We contacted our Congress people about the immorality of locking up asylum seekers and convened and chaired the Interfaith Campaign for Just Closures, which has been demanding #ReleasesNotTransfers of immigrants as detention centers are being phased out, and an end to counties’ and private companies’ profiting from incarceration. Concomitant with this, we have added an Advocacy page to our website.

The Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition is continually looking for ways to be able to help more asylum seekers, which means finding new ways to raise money, new ways to engage people like you, not only for your money but your talents or services where possible, and new ways to spread the word about what it is we do. If you would like to help those less fortunate than yourself, you can visit our website and offer to Volunteer a service, Donate through PayPal or by sending a check to NNJSC, P.O. Box 5017, Caldwell, NJ 07006, or Contact us with any questions or suggestions you might have. You can also help spread the word by visiting and liking our FaceBook page or purchasing our handsome cloth shopping bag which sells for $3.00, as long as supplies last, by viewing it and contacting us on our website.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, and a Healthy and Happy New Year.