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Faith Leaders Commit to Sanctuary

By Mario Solis Marich

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BREAKING: Faith Leaders Released This Statement This Morning:

Los Angeles - As people of faith and conscience, we stand together and proclaim that Los Angeles will be a place of sanctuary for all. Join us for a press conference and prayerful call to resistance, as heads of multiple faith traditions express their commitments of solidarity with the immigrant community, and as we urge our government, community, and other faith institutions to provide sanctuary for immigrant/refugee families, and all who are targeted by hateful rhetoric, actions, laws or policies. We demand that our elected officials and that our communities, not give in to the new administration's criminalization or marginalization of the immigrant family or any member of the human family.

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, at its annual convention on December 2-3, declared itself a "Sanctuary Diocese," committing itself to "holy resistance" in the face of hateful and discriminatory plans by the new Trump administration to deport millions of undocumented persons, to eliminate programs like DAPA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and other programs providing relief and protection for hundreds of thousands of our immigrant community.

Many faith communities have also begun to take a stance on offering sanctuary to the undocumented community and others that have become targets of hate in the wake of the presidential election.

In this press conference, community leaders will announce an Interfaith Posada convened for Thursday, December 22, 6:00pm. Community members will gather the following day at La Plaza United Methodist Church (115 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012) and end Outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center, (535 Alameda St., Los Angeles, 90012).

As we follow the story of Christmas this time of year -- where Joseph and Mary journeyed as migrant refugees seeking shelter as they awaited the birth of their son, the Christ child -- we will walk together in prayer and solidarity across faith traditions, standing against attempts of the new presidential administration to target, vilify and criminalize members of our immigrant family. All our great faith traditions look to God for refuge and sanctuary, and call upon followers to practice the Golden Rule, to welcome the refugee, the stranger in our midst. We will stand together to demand that all immigrants, and all people, regardless of convictions and background, be protected by the city and county of Los Angeles. Our records do not define us or our communities.

Convening organizations: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NLDON)

Sponsoring organizations: The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Jovenes, Inc., the Latino/Latina Roundtable, the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and others.

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