Day: Wednesday, September 4Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pmLocation: TBA (the specific location in Newark, NJ is being finalized)
Stop the Inhumanity! Catholic organizations are organizing a nonviolent campaign to end the traumatizing abuse of immigrant children and their families by the U.S. government. Phase two is a national prayerful direct action in Newark, NJ between 10a-12pm on Wednesday, September 4. National organizations are partnering with local groups from NY and NJ, some of whom have been ministering to the people in detention and advocating on this issue for over 20 years. New Jersey has a Federal ICE office connected to the system of detaining children and the obstruction of reuniting children with their families. New Jersey also has 4 immigration detention centers, incarcerating as many as 2500 people. While no children are in these facilities, the parents who have been separated from their children at the southern border are. This event is in anticipation of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary (Sept. 8th).
Anyone from around the country is invited to participate. The event will include prayer, ritual, and a call to action by Catholic leaders. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, has agreed to accompany us. Because of the urgency and depth of the injustice there will also be an opportunity for those who discern to engage in nonviolent action of civil disobedience.
This event follows a powerful mobilization of Catholic faith leaders to launch the campaign in Washington DC, on July 18th and a series of weekly local actions throughout. With other coalition actions, this nonviolent action assisted in the release of over 2500 children, emptying both Homestead, FL and Carizzo Springs, TX influx facilities. We will gather on September 4 to renew and amplify our call for this Administration to end the abuse, trauma, and detention of migrant children.
Campaign Webpage: https://franciscanaction.org/article/catholics-take-action-immigrant-children
National Sponsoring Organizations:
Columban Center for Advocacy and OutreachConference of Major Superiors of MenFaith in Action Faith in Public LifeFranciscan Action NetworkIgnatian Solidarity NetworkJesuit Conference of Canada and the United States- Office of Justice and EcologyLeadership Conference of Women ReligiousMaryknoll Office for Global ConcernsNETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social JusticePax Christi USASisters of the Good Shepherd National Advocacy CenterSisters of Mercy of the AmericasStuart Center: Society of the Sacred Heart