Media Advisory: New Sanctuary Coalition to Hold First Annual National Jericho Walk Against Immigration Detention and Deportation

marchOn 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

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“Ravidath Ragbir versus Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions, III”: Remarks by Rev. Kaji Douša at Rutgers Law School

26962104_2190980057582465_3723021442213418477_oThe Rev. Kaji Douša is Senior Minister of Park Avenue Christian Church offered the following at the “Justice for Ravi” rally at Rutgers Law School
Once upon a time, I was neutral on immigration.

Quite frankly, I hid behind “the law” to excuse my inaction.

My friend Ravi Ragbir, taught me – and, leading the Sanctuary movement, all of New York City – to rethink my position on “the law”.

After all, as Ravi gently reminded me and so many others, THE LAW – as originally conceived in these lands – wanted me to understand myself to be a fraction of a human.

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