If you would like to show your support of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program click the link below to see what you can do.
September 26, 2017
Dear Rapid Response Team members,
As many of you know, faith communities have had a huge role in drumming up support for Dreamers during various iterations of the Dream Act and in getting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program established. Thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques and communities of worship have participated in “Dream Sabbath” events that lift up the stories, contributions, and leadership of Dreamers in worship services, vigils, and in communication with their members of Congress.
DACA will officially end in March, and Congress needs to act immediately to protect, and establish a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Members of Congress need to hear from faith communities all across the country. The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, which Church and Society is a part, has updated the Dream Sabbath toolkit (PDF and Word) for you to use and share widely! The toolkit includes worship resources, ways for your congregation to be in relationship with immigrant youth if they aren’t already, guidance on how to do a prayer vigil, press conference, and much more!
As you are planning events, help us keep track and show our strength around the country by submitting your event on this map: bit.ly/DreamSabbathMap. PLEASE also be in touch with Jeania Ree and me to plan your congregations’ Dream Sabbath or to strategize on what types of actions your team can be working on. As a reminder, the Senate is on recess the week of October 9th and the House is on recess the week of October 16th. We’ve communicated with many of you in the key states, and we will be reaching back out to see how we can work with you on local actions and support in District meetings with the Members of Congress to advocate for the passage of a Clean Dream Act!
Please let us know if you have any questions. Share the toolkit widely, and keep up the faithful action for justice in our communities.
Rebecca Cole Director of Organizing General Board of Church and Society The United Methodist Church
rcole [at] umcjustice.org