On January 11, 2018, immigrants rights activist Ravi Ragbir was detained by ICE during a routine check in. Organizing and legal advocacy led to him winning his freedom 18 days later. Ravi Ragbir is the ED of the New Sanctuary Coalition, which organizes and fights alongside families and communities resisting caging and deportation. He still faces deportation.
On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Honorable Kevin Castel of the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York denied Mr. Ragbir and others’ request for a preliminary and permanent injunction to prevent ICE from deporting Mr. Ragbir unless ICE could demonstrate that its actions were untainted by unlawful retaliation against Mr. Ragbir for exercising his First Amendment Rights to speak out against the injustices of our immigration system. Judge Castel’s ruling does not foreclose Mr. Ragbir and plaintiff organizations’ additional claims, which aim to vindicate the rights of immigrants who have been targeted by ICE on the basis of their protected speech regarding U.S. immigration law and policy. Judge Castel issued his ruling despite six amici briefs—including from faith leaders, several immigrant rights organizations, and local, state and federal elected officials–detailing the chilling effect that ICE’s targeting of immigrant activists has had on communities nationwide. Plaintiffs intend to appeal Judge Castel’s decision.
Ravi continues to have a stay of deportation pending the outcome of his case in the district court for the Federal District of New Jersey, where he seeks to vacate the underlying conviction which serves as the basis for his removal order because of fundamental errors that occurred during the original proceeding.
New Sanctuary Coalition NYC will hold the #PeoplesPressConference in Foley Square on Friday May 11 at 10a.m., just outside of ICE regional headquarters at 26 Federal Plaza. Statements and testimonials will be read by people and their families who have survived the violence of deportation.
We will hear the stories of those on the front lines of liberty, immigrants leading the fight for their own liberation, who are in turn fighting for the emancipation of the entire world from the tyranny of borders.
Around the country, people participated in the #NationalJerichoWalk on May 1st and 3rd. Check out more at the links below:
- Boulder, CO (video and article)
- Burlington, MA (Photos)
- Denver, CO (Video)
- Milwaukee, WI (photos)
- New York City, NY (Photos and article)
- Newark, NJ (Photos & Video)
- Oklahoma City, OK (Video)
- Washington, D.C. (Video)
- Williston, VT (see slideshow below and article)
- Other cities: Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, CA; San Francisco, CA; Savannah, GA
Photos from Williston, VT Jericho Walk on May 3rd
On Thursday, May 3, faith communities and immigrant rights advocates in cities across the country, including Boulder, Milwaukee, New York and Savannah, will take part in the first annual National Jericho Walk*, a silent, peaceful, interfaith prayerful walk held in communities to show solidarity with immigrants facing deportation and detention. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing its walls to fall.
The National Jericho Walk, organized by New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, is part of an effort to show solidarity with immigrants rights leaders who have been targeted for speaking out against the injustices and inhumanity of our broken immigration system and who call for an immigration law and policy that respect the dignity of all immigrants.
The peaceful walk and prayer vigils held in support of a federal lawsuit brought by renowned immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir and several immigrant rights organizations that challenges the government’s effort to silence those voices calling out the injustices of the immigration system. The plaintiffs in Ragbir v. Homan seek, among other things, a court order restraining the government from selectively enforcing immigration laws against individuals based on protected political speech.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 3
WHERE: New York Immigration Court, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York
WHAT: National Jericho Walk, a silent, interfaith prayerful vigil and walk around the New York Immigration Court.
*A list of national events can be found at this link: bit.ly/nationaljerichowalk-cities
Find a #NationalJerichoWalk near you via the list below (Click on the contact person’s name for their email). If your city or town isn’t listed, there’s still time to organize your own Jericho Walk: use this toolkit, flyer template and please alert us to the event details. We’ll update this list with new information as we receive it.
Tuesday, May 1st:
- Manchester, NH: 8:30 a.m. @ 275 Chestnut Street [Facebook event listing] Contact: Maggie Fogarty, American Friends Serivce Committee, 603-988-7115
- Richmond, CA: 9:30 a.m. -11 a.m. @ West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway Richmond, CA [Facebook event listing] Contact: Contact: Dani Gabriel, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, 510.332.0631
- San Francisco, CA: 2:30 p.m. @ 630 Sansome St. [Facebook event listing] Contact: Dani Gabriel, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, 510.332.0631
Thursday, May 3rd:
- Boulder, CO: 12:00 p.m. @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave. [Facebook event listing] Contact: Jennifer Piper, American Friends Service Committee, 720-301-1858
- Burlington, MA: 2:00 p.m. @ 10 District Ave., Burlington, MA 01803 [Facebook event listing] Contact: Will Green, (774) 212-0900
- Denver, CO: 12:00 p.m. @ Temple Micah and Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd. [Facebook event listing] Contact: Jennifer Piper, American Friends Service Committee, 720-301-1858
- Milwaukee, WI: 12:00 p.m. @ ICE Office, 310 East Knapp Street [Facebook event listing] Contact: Shana Harvey, Milwaukee New Sanctuary Movement, 414-909-3436
- Newark, NJ: 2:00 p.m. @ 970 Broad Street. [Facebook event listing] Contact: Chia-Chia Wang, American Friends Service Committee, 973-854-0402
- New York, NY: 11 a.m. @ 26 Federal Plaza [Facebook event listing] Contact: Judith
- Pittsburgh, PA: 2:30 p.m. @ ICE office, Corner of Sidney and Sarah Streets in the south side, two blocks from the Hot Metal Bridge. [Facebook event listing] Contact: Rev. Linda Theophilus, 412-401-5742 (cell)
- Savannah, GA: 11:00 a.m. @ 1 East Bay Street. Contact: Rev. Susan Karlson, 347-466-0864
- Williston, Vermont: 10:00 a.m. @ Federal Government Office – Law Enforcement Headquarters. 188 Harvest Ln [Facebook event listing] Contact: Melissa Battah, Vermont Interfaith Action
- Washington, DC: 4:30 p.m. @ National ICE headquarters, 500 12th St. SW, Washington DC [Facebook event listing] Contact: Alexa
The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is planning a National Day of Action on May 3, 2018 to stand in solidarity with all those opposing deportation and detention. Starting at the same time across time zones, groups across the country will organize a peaceful action known as the Jericho Walk.
The Jericho Walk is a silent interfaith prayer and act of solidarity. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. The Jericho Walk of today is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk to bring down the walls of our unjust immigration system and is open to people of all or no faiths. The New Sanctuary Coalition has organized Jericho Walks nearly every Thursday since 2011, typically surrounding the federal immigration buildings in New York City. Now we want to encourage Jericho Walks across the country where other immigrant activists and families have been targeted.