Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Neighbor-to-Neighbor In-District Visits

Following our campaign "Prayer, Renewal, and Action on Immigration" which generated over 170 prayer vigils throughout the country, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition has moved into the second phase of its campaign for comprehensive immigration reform.

Beginning yesterday and continuing throughout the Easter/Passover recess, we have asked communities of faith to answer the call to "welcome the stranger" and be a good neighbor by setting up "Neighbor-to-Neighbor In-District Visits" with their members of Congress.

These visits are designed to inform Congress of how communities of faith have welcomed the stranger--in their congregations, through teaching ESL classes, providing sanctuary, sponsoring refugees, etc--and asking their members of Congress to uphold their faith mandate to welcome the stranger by passing humane immigration reform legislation this year.

So far, the coalition has around 120 Neighbor-to-Neighbor visits in the works for the next two weeks. We're also coordinating with the immigrants' rights and labor advocacy communities. Together we hope to have over 300 visits take place across the country.

There is a growing movement for immigration reform. Would you like to take part?

To learn how to set up a Neighbor-to-Neighbor meeting, see the Interfaith Immigration Coalition's "Neighbor to Neighbor Handbook."

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