Faith Communities Stand with Immigrants 

PRESS RELEASE

Contacts: Fr. Jon Pedigo 408-757-6344; Rabbi Melanie Aron 408-355-3830; Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones 408-952-9418; Rev. Nicole LaMarche 510-520-4011; Akemi Flynn 408-504-8030 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2017
SAN JOSÉ, CA   

WHO:   Faith leaders from throughout Santa Clara County with public officials including Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, County Supervisor Dave Cortese, District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Mayor Sam Liccardo

WHAT:   Faith leaders with PACT: People Acting in Community Together will gather for collective action and multi-faith ritual to publicly launch “PACT’s Solidarity Network.”  This county-wide network of faith communities is standing and acting in solidarity with immigrants who are living in fear under the threat of deportation.

Faith Leaders will share their commitments to stand with, speak up, and take action to support and protect members of our community who are targeted with hate and fear by both political rhetoric and federal policies that threaten to tear families and communities apart.

Faith Leaders will ask elected officials for their continued commitment and strong leadership to protect immigrants and stand with congregations acting in solidarity.  


WHEN: Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:30 am 

WHERE: San Jose City Hall Plaza 


WHY:     In November, PACT faith leaders came together to develop the Solidarity Network to stand with, speak up, and take action to support and protect members of our community who are targeted with hate and fear at this unsettling time in our country.  Across our different faith traditions, we share the value of dignity and respect for all people.  We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, to recognize and nurture our interdependence, and to heal the world.

Since November, PACT faith leaders have engaged their congregations and denominational leaders in learning about the threats and fears experienced by immigrants and the opportunities to be strong allies and protect our communities.  Hundreds of faith leaders and congregations members have participated in trainings and conversations and planning meetings to develop the Solidarity Network of congregations committed to work together and with the broader immigrant community to provide sanctuary/refuge and support and to be part of the Rapid Response Network.

This Santa Clara Countywide efforts is linked to the work of congregations and organizations with the PICO Network across the Bay Area, California and the country.  Hundreds of congregations from at least 20 denominations are taking action nationwide.

Related future events in Santa Clara County: 
Sun, April 9, 12:00-3:30pm
12:00pm - Procession from Newman Chapel at SJSU (10th & San Carlos) to Most Holy Trinity; 
 2:00 - Palm Sunday Mass at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2040 Nassau Dr, San Jose 95122
3:00 - Press conference: Immigrants Welcome Here! at Most Holy Trinity
Thurs, April 13 - Foot Washing at ICE Detention Facility, Morgan Hill Noon, April 13
Fri, April 14, 12:00 - Good Friday Street Theater of the Arrest and Deportation of Jesus, Federal Building

PACT: People Acting in Community Together is multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots organization that empowers people to create a more just community and organizes for racial and economic justice.  PACT represents 25 congregations and schools and over 50,000 people in Santa Clara County, and is part of the PICO National Network.  www.pactsj.org,  www.facebook/pactsj
PICO National Network is the largest faith based, grassroots organizing network in the country.  Local PICO 52 federations, like PACT, work in over 150 cities and 17 states and is more than one million families and one thousand congregations from 40 different denominations and faiths. www.piconetwork.org