December is a season of light, hope and compassion, a time to appreciate family and friends, a time for companionship and generosity, a sacred time which includes Buddha's Enlightnment, Hanukkah and Christmas. Let us remember our friends who cannot enjoy this season with their loved ones because they are in an ICE detention cell or are being denied the opportunity to legally enter. We will have prayers from the SF Zen Center, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Chochmat Halev Synagogue, and music led by Mr. Benjamin Mertz.
We will gather outside ICE headquarters at 630 Sansome St. which is headquarters for ICE operations from Northern California-to Hawaii and Guam. Immigrants are held there during the day on their way to an ICE facility, enter for ICE check-ins, or hearings in front of an immigration judge.
This month's speaker highlights:
- A few members of the current Honduran Exodus (aka Caravan) will share their testimonies of fleeing violence and horrible conditions back home.
- Cambodian refugees from our communities at risk of deportation
- Immigrant families needing our urgent support
- Multi-faith prayers and reflections led by local faith leaders.
With the humanitarian crisis at the U.S./Mexico border reaching critical levels for the (mostly) Honduran families seeking asylum, it's now more important than ever for us to remind ICE and the Department of Homeland Security that we are watching and we will continue to hold our monthly prayer vigils at their doorstep, demanding the humanitarian treatment of ALL IMMIGRANTS, whether it's those whose whole families are living exposed to the elements as they await their chance to ask for asylum at the border, or those being held by ICE at their many detention facilities here on the West Coast and across the country.
Now is the time to come together in public prayer to show all our brothers and sisters whose futures are at the mercy of ICE that they're not alone and that we will not stand by silently as the current administration continues to use ICE to unjustly persecute immigrant families.
A special offering of giftcards will be held to support immediate needs of newly arriving families to the Bay Area. (Suggestions include Clipper Cards, Smart & Final, Foodmax, Target, CVS and Safeway).