*UPDATE: SUPERVISOR DAVE CORTESE WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE*
Contacts: Fr. Jon Pedigo (English/Spanish) 408-757-6344; Akemi Flynn 408-504-8030; Erik Poicon(English/Spanish) 408-838-1883;
Holy Thursday Prayer & Foot-washing at ICE Facility in Morgan Hill
WHO: Faith and grassroots community leaders with PACT: People Acting in Community Together; Supervisor Dave Cortese.
WHAT: Faith leaders will ask ICE officers if they can conduct a foot-washing with detainees held at their facility. Leaders will also address. Protest the unjust enforcement activity tearing our community apart. Indiscriminate ICE activities result in arrests and the indefinite detention of long time, law-abiding residents
WHEN: Thursday March 29 at 12:00 p.m
WHY: Holy Thursday is a day of solidarity and prayer. Santa Clara County continues to be targeted by ICE operations which continue to create fear in our community. In order to show solidarity with those being detained by ICE, faith leaders will offer to wash the feet of those that are being detained as a sign of solidarity, equality and to prepare them for the long and dangerous journey that awaits them. In the last 10 days, Santa Clara Rapid Response Network has received at least 90 calls from concerned community members claiming they have seen or have had family members picked-up by ICE. Faith Leaders will respond to Sheriff Laurie Smith for permitting ICE agents enter county jails which is in violation of the Santa Clara Detainer Policy and the CA Truth ACT.
Also, PACT faith and community leaders will gather again for a Good Friday Peace Vigil:
WHEN: Friday, March 30 at 5:00pm
WHERE: Outside Dr. MLK Library, corner of San Fernando & 4th St, downtown San Jose
WHY: On Good Friday, as Christians gather around the world to remember the state-sanctioned killing of Jesus, PACT clergy and leaders will join the weeklyFriday Peace Vigil to connect the story of our faith with the ongoing story of peace seekers in our world.
When war continues, state executions take lives, and economic and racial inequalities continue to grow, we recognize that Jesus is being crucified again and again in the suffering of people around the world.
PACT: People Acting in Community Together is a multiracial, multi-faith organization that empowers people to create a more just community. PACT has more than 30 member congregations and partner schools representing 50,000 people in Santa Clara County. PACT is part of PICO California and the PICO National Network, one of the largest grassroots community networks in the country.
PICO California is the state’s largest community organizing network. We organize in 73 cities, 15 school districts, and in more than one-half of the state's Senate and Assembly districts. PICO California was established in 1994, bringing together local federations from throughout California to affect meaningful budget and policy change at the state level. Over the past 20 years, our organizing and policy advocacy has resulted in increased investments in education and healthcare, and in programs and services that are critical for working families. Together, we represent 480 congregations and 450,000 families of diverse economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds committed to advancing racial and economic justice in California through organizing, advocacy, and voter engagement. Visit www.PICOCalifornia.org to learn more. PICO California and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office.