Faith Leaders and Immigrant Activists to Risk Arrest at White House
Massive civil disobedience to oppose President Obama’s daily deportation of 1,100 aspiring Americans, as Congress and Administration consider expedited deportation of refugee children
WASHINGTON – In a massive act of civil disobedience set for July 31 in front of the White House, 100 faith leaders and 30 immigrant rights activists from across the country will risk arrest to demand that President Barack Obama end his inhumane immigration enforcement policies.
Bishops, nuns, rabbis, pastors, workers and impacted immigrants will hold a 12:00 PM prayer service and press conference in Lafayette Park to urge the President to stop deportations immediately, dramatically expand relief for America’s immigrant families and workers, and protect unaccompanied children who have sought refuge in the U.S.
Alongside a crowd of more than 500 supporters, 130 faith and immigrant advocates will then engage in civil disobedience along the White House fence to bring moral clarity on the injustice of 1,100 deportations per day.
Sponsors include the United Methodist Church, Church World Service, CASA de Maryland, Bend the Arc, the Unitarian Universalists Association, the United Church of Christ, Sisters of Mercy, Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the PICO National Network.
Prominent leaders risking arrest include:
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, United Methodist Church Rev. John L. McCullough, CEO and President, Church World Service
Sister Eileen Campbell, Vice President, Sisters of Mercy Rev. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister, Justice & Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Director of the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice
Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)