East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC)

East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC) We are a network of faith leaders across the East Bay who are deeply concerned from our faith convictions about the rights and dignity of immigrants
We are a network of faith leaders across the East Bay who are deeply concerned from our faith convictions about the rights and dignity of immigrants.
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As our diverse faith traditions teach us to welcome our brothers and sisters with love and compassion--regardless of their place of birth--we call on the Administration and Congress of the United States of America to enact humane and equitable immigration reform. Our faith communities in the San Francisco Bay Area are deeply concerned with the treatment of migrants within our borders and the wellness of the poor across our world. We call for immigration reform because each day in our congregations, service programs, healthcare facilities, and schools we witness the human consequences of a broken and outdated system. We see the exploitation of undocumented workers and the plight of separated families, as well as the escalation of fear in the community due to indiscriminate raids and local police acting as federal immigration agents. Humane immigration reform would help put an end to this suffering, which offends the dignity of all human beings. In the East Bay, we have witnessed violence committed against immigrants because they are not as protected as others, and many are afraid to call the police. The Hebrew Bible tells us: “ The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33-34). In the Christian Scriptures, Jesus tells us to welcome the stranger, for “what you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me” (Matthew 25:40). The Qur’an tells us that we should “do good to..those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer that you meet” (4:36). The Hindu Taitiriya Upanishad tells us: “The guest is a representative of God” (1.11.2).

Mission: To call on the Administration and Congress to commit to: 1. Uphold family unity as a priority of all immigration policies 2. Create a process for undocumented immigrants to earn their legal status and eventual citizenship. 3. Protect workers and provide efficient channels of entry for new migrant workers. 4. Facilitate immigrant integration. 5. Restore due process protections and reform detention policies. 6. Align the enforcement of immigration laws with humanitarian values. 7. Address the root economic and environmental causes of migration.

04/25/2017
Immigrant Youth Coalition

Please Call ASAP- The second number on the video has typo.
Please Call- 619-498-9700 and 619-216-4000

Video of the kidnapping of Teresa, mother of 2, today in Boyle Heights! 😡 We are waiting for another call from her hoping for the best. Community pressure has definitely been felt by Customs and Border Patrol. Thank you everyone who has called, shared and supported! #DontDeportTeresa #FreeTeresa thank you to @marco Nieves for working on this video!

06/30/2016
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Hear from our summer interns from Jesus, Justice and Poverty Institute as they prepare for this month's vigil at West County Detention Facility this Saturday!

We hope to see you at WCDF, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, at 11 am this Saturday!

Check out this video announcement for Saturday's Immigration Vigil by our Jesus, Justice, Poverty summer interns who will be leading!!

Here is a YouTube playlist on our last vigil, May 6th 2016. Thanks to All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley for leading...
05/19/2016
WCDF Vigil 06May2016

Here is a YouTube playlist on our last vigil, May 6th 2016. Thanks to All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley for leading this beautiful vigil!

BREAKING: U.S. Plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids.This will be a month long series of raids, unlike the two d...
05/12/2016
Exclusive: U.S. plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids

BREAKING: U.S. Plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids.

This will be a month long series of raids, unlike the two days of raids in January 2016.

U.S. immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters.

04/26/2016

Sarah Lee, who joined us to our root cause pilgrimage to Central America in 2015, recently shared her experience at a Passover Seder with Jewish Voice for Peace. You can read the full text here:

A World Beyond Borders Seder

Good evening, my name is Sarah Lee and I am a campus minister at the University of San Francisco with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and a member of SF Chinese Alliance Church. I am second generation Cantonese-American, whose parents and grandparents were themselves migrants through five different countries. The same forces of exclusion, fear, and
racism that impacted my family and Chinese communities, continue to affect migrant people today. Though our stories are vastly different, there is a need to name and dismantle these forces, but also to celebrate migrant resilience across the world.

This fighting and celebrating continues to move my work in migrant rights. Thank you all for having me today to celebrate
this seder with you, especially with this important theme of a world beyond borders.

I am here on behalf of Rev. Deborah Lee, director of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity Bay Area. She could not be here today, but I am here to share about an impactful pilgrimage we took together last summer.

In August 2015, I joined Rev. Deborah Lee on a delegation with 14 other faith leaders from across the U.S. to learn more about root causes of migration in Central America. We spent 10 days total in Guatemala and Honduras, meeting indigenous communities, families of disappeared migrants, deported persons, activists, and religious leaders. These were our neighbors, fighting for the right to stay in their home countries with dignity, as well as fighting for the right to move and travel with dignity.

In this pilgrimage we learned that root causes of migration run deep. Headlines and narratives seen in the U.S. often touch surface topics such as violence from gangs and poverty. However, on this delegation we heard more consistently about the violence on the land, state violence, as well as U.S.-inflicted violence through our military aid, recent and historical U.S. backed coups, and participation in extractive industries.

Today I’d like to share one story, about a Garifuna community we met in the coastal town of Tela, Honduras. Their ancestral migration story, from West and Central Africa to the Caribbean
islands to Honduras has been that of constant displacement, racism, and persecution.

This Garifuna community had been facing constant threats of eviction from Honduran police and military. We learned from leaders that 156 families had already been displaced by one
tourist project, promoted by big business and the State of Honduras. The Garifuna were considered “invaders” in their own home, being denied fishing and gathering access to nature
reserves. Not surprisingly, Garifuna migration has increased to the U.S. in the past years. Our delegation team asked one of the leaders: How do you see yourselves in Honduras?

The leader answered: "We are humiliated, pained, rejected. They use us for sports, for our culture, but we have no rights here. We will not take up arms but we will no longer be pushed from our land. We will die here.” This story of the Garifuna people highlight a theme that links violence on the land (therefore people) with state violence, from both Honduran and U.S. government through our military aid and our participation in the privatization of land.

Through visits and conversation with communities like the Garifuna, our Guatemalan and Honduran neighbors offered our delegation team root response to these root causes of migration. One overarching call to us was to embrace co-responsibility for the forced migration of their people.

One practice of co-responsibility we will be taking is sending another delegation this December for international accompaniment of Honduran activists who are asking for protection as they continue their work. The recent assassination of Berta Cáceres -- who many of you know fought to protect indigenous land, We would like to extend an invitation to you
here today to be part of this delegation as well. You can find me afterwards to learn more details.

The work to realize a world without border means confronting our bordered reality and its effects on the migrant body not only here in the U.S. and but also from where they have come.

Let us practice implications of co-responsibility as we continue to reflect on themes of this seder today.

Thank you.

Click below to read about and see media coverage of our footwashing ceremony last Thursday!
03/31/2016
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity | Annual Footwashing in San Francisco

Click below to read about and see media coverage of our footwashing ceremony last Thursday!

Posted March 30, 2016 by admin under Uncategorized Supervisor John Avalos washes Rafael Jesus Gonzalez’s feet during a foot-washing ceremony on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner) This past Thursday we celebrated our annual…

03/16/2016
Orbelina, Another Land Activist under Threats in Honduras

Interview of Orbelina, a land activist of the Aguan Valley, by our faith delegation to Berta Cáceres funeral in Honduras. She was incarcerated today by the Honduran government.

Testimony of Orbelina, after the death of Berta Cáceres, on why she is organizing to protect her land from the few rich people who own it. She was incarcerat...

Join us this Saturday for a special vigil led by La Pena Community Chorus!Where: West County Detention Facility, 5555 Gi...
02/03/2016

Join us this Saturday for a special vigil led by La Pena Community Chorus!

Where: West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA.
When: Saturday, Febuary 6, 11 am - 12 noon.

Please sign this petition asking policy makers to welcome refugees!Like & share this post to share the word!
11/19/2015
We Must Welcome Refugees

Please sign this petition asking policy makers to welcome refugees!

Like & share this post to share the word!

We Must Welcome Refugees In the wake of tragic attacks in Paris, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is alarmed that blame is being placed on refugees fleeing horrific violence and terrorism in Syria. One of the proudest traditions of the United States has been to welcome the stranger. Through the U.S. reset…

Here is the audio file from our conversation with Guadalupe Ruellas, expert on Honduran child migration. He shares with ...
10/08/2015
Guadalupe Ruellas, expert on Honduras child migration

Here is the audio file from our conversation with Guadalupe Ruellas, expert on Honduran child migration. He shares with us the major root causes on migration from Honduras.

Guadalupe Ruellas from Casa Alianza, shares with us the root causes on Honduras child migration.

We need to send a strong message that in this day and age it is unacceptable for a presidential candidate (however serio...
08/19/2015
Reality Check: 4 Reasons Trump's Immigration Plans Are Impractical

We need to send a strong message that in this day and age it is unacceptable for a presidential candidate (however serious we consider his candidacy to be or not) to come out against a minority with shamelessly racist remarks and proposals.

The Republican front-runner's plan includes a wall between Mexico and the United States as well as mass deportation of undocumented workers.

http://visionsfromtheinside.tumblr.com/This beautiful art project displays artistically letters from the inside of for-p...
08/13/2015
Visions From The Inside

http://visionsfromtheinside.tumblr.com/

This beautiful art project displays artistically letters from the inside of for-profit, family detention centers.

CultureStrike in partnership with Mariposas Sin Fronteras , End Family Detention and 15 artists from across the country, brings you Visions From The Inside, a visual art project inspired by letters penned by detained migrants.

"Deplorable": Federal Judge Condemns For-Profit Texas Detention Centers for Immigrant Families
07/30/2015
"Deplorable": Federal Judge Condemns For-Profit Texas Detention Centers for Immigrant Families

"Deplorable": Federal Judge Condemns For-Profit Texas Detention Centers for Immigrant Families

In what could be a major victory for human rights advocates here in the United States, a federal judge has issued a harsh condemnation of the mass detention of immigrant women and children, calling conditions in the privately run prisons "deplorable." The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee give…

Sheriff Livingstone is trying to expand the West County Detention Facility, where hundreds of immigrants are being detai...
07/23/2015
California’s Jail-building Boom

Sheriff Livingstone is trying to expand the West County Detention Facility, where hundreds of immigrants are being detained, as part of this state jail-building boom.

What comes after mass incarceration? Local incarceration.

http://fusion.net/story/160272/why-jose-antonio-vargas-wants-undocumented-immigrants-to-come-out/Jose Antonio Vargas, al...
07/02/2015
Why Jose Antonio Vargas wants undocumented immigrants to come out

http://fusion.net/story/160272/why-jose-antonio-vargas-wants-undocumented-immigrants-to-come-out/

Jose Antonio Vargas, along with Define American, are launching a campaing asking all undocumented immigrants to come out.

Do you think this is a good idea, one that can produce change by the telling of personal stories, or will it harm an already marginalized community?

“We ‘come out’ to let people in,” said Vargas, who has launched a new campaign urging people to declare their undocumented status.

East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC)
06/28/2015

East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC)

East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC)'s cover photo
06/28/2015

East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC)'s cover photo

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-immigration-family-detention-20150624-story.htmlThanks to the outcry of many people,...
06/25/2015
Feds change rules to allow quicker release of immigrant families from detention centers

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-immigration-family-detention-20150624-story.html

Thanks to the outcry of many people, organizations and politicians against family detention, the Department of Homeland Security will change rules that will allow quicker release of immigrant families.

While this step is welcomed, it is just one small step to #endfamilydetention.

The federal government announced on Wednesday that it will release some undocumented migrant families on bond, a move designed to ease the strain on detention centers and address criticism from activists who argue that it is wrong to hold women and children for long periods.

06/18/2015
AJ+

We stand will all immigrants, and are deeply saddened about the #DominicanRepublic dealing with Haitian immigrants.

The Dominican Republic is about to make 250,000 people legally stateless.

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Oakland, CA
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Steps towards Justice: -Holding monthly prayer vigils outside the ICE detention center in Richmond to raise awareness of ICE's punitive raids to tear apart families who have not committed criminal offenses. -Grassroots lobbying and advocacy work with local churches, synagogues, and congregations

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