Join the Movement, Watch in Silence, or Wonder What You Missed?

immigration MarchThis Saturday, October 5,  tens of 1000’s of people will fill the streets of cities across the nation calling on congress to stop guarding their political assets and do what is right for Immigrants.  I hope you will joining us, in Minneapolis the gathering begins at 12:30 at the Basilica with a prayer service followed by a march to the Government Plaza.

There are over 11 million undocumented persons (UDP) in the USA and over 95,000 in Minnesota.  UDP and their children are your neighbors, your child’s classmates, your co-workers, and your customers.  A decade of inaction has compounded the problems and has steadily eroded  justice.  The United States of America and UDP cannot wait any longer, please stand with immigrants seeking basic human rights.

 Why should you be at a March this Saturday?

  1. You benefit from the work, taxes and contributions of immigrants in America.   Don’t participate in the passive exploitation of immigrants,  join in solidarity with them.  The American Revolution with Great Britain began over taxation without representation, today millions of UDP contribute taxes yet have no voice in government.
  2. You eat the food and enjoy the culture of immigrants, but do you appreciate them as people and listen to their needs?   Move beyond a 3F (food fabric and festivals) relationship with immigrants in your community.  If you can’t stand up for immigrants in a march (or through imgressome phone calls and emails to your representative), stop eating tacos, pho, curry or chi, and please don’t let your kids watch Dora.  (She could be in the USA without proper papers.)
  3. Your faith tradition calls you to defend the cause of the immigrantChristian, Jewish and Islamic scriptures all begin with the immigration of Abraham, all see God at work in the movement of people and give the native-born specific orders to welcome and provide for those who are new in their land.
  4. You’ve always said, “If I had lived in the time of….. I would have stood up for justice.”   We say that about ending slavery, opposing Nazi Germany, standing with African Americans during the fight for Civil Rights and more.  Yet truth is people with comfort and power rarely stand on the side of the oppressed when most needed.   In a few short years Minnesotans passed legislation for marriage equity that will benefit about 30,000 residents of our state.  Yet, over 95,000 residents lack any basic protection of their rights, and their families live in daily fear that they could be detained and arrested on any given day. This issue has been on the table for over 15 years and every year more families are separated and workers exploited.

Why has immigration reform been so illusive?  In 2001 republicans. let by President Bush were prepared to pass a law similar to the law the Senate Democrats  finally passed this year.  Fear of the immigrant, after 9/11, closed down any hope of reform.  As citizens, the burden of the immigrant is something most of us can be blind to if we want. It is the struggle of the voiceless among us and we risk nothing by avoiding hearing their cry.

This is YOUR chance to be part of something bigger than your own petty first-world-problems.  Get out and stand up for our immigrant sisters and brothers.

See you Saturday at the Basilica. 12.30, prayer service, March to Government Plaza, and rally following.

If you can’t join the march, contact your Representative in DC and tell them to stop guarding their assets and do the right thing for America and for Immigrants.   Click here to contact your Rep. http://americasvoiceonline.org/take-action/

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