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Praying for a Pathway

Just because you didn’t make it out to one of these immigration reform events on Sunday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t call your Representative and ask for some common-sense, fair and humane changes to our immigration laws.

Rev. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham of Pilgrim UCC leads the group in a prayer.  Photo by Ricky Leung

Rev. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham of Pilgrim UCC leads the group in a prayer. Photo by Ricky Leung

About 100 people of faith attended the Durham event, co-hosted by the N.C. Justice Center, the N.C. Council of Churches and the Centro Hispano.

“When our laws do not allow for freedom, IT IS OUR LAWS that must change,” N.C. Justice Center staff attorney Daniel Rearick told the crowd.

Rearick also pointed out the following facts:

–The Obama administration is deporting our friends and family members at the fastest rate in history

–The bipartisan bill that has passed the Senate would lead to $46 billion dollars to further militarize the border

–That even that bill is so strict that millions of undocumented immigrants might not qualify to become citizens

–That rather provide any real solution for these families, our House of Representatives has only pushed bills like the so called “SAFE Act” that would provide no answer and only ramp up deportations

Hope Durack, Durham Resident, holds a sign in support of immigration reform. Photo by Ricky Leung

Hope Durack, Durham resident, holds a sign in support of immigration reform. Photo by Ricky Leung

Rabbi John Friedman (front) of Judea Reform is one of many religious leaders in attendance in support of compassionate immigration reform. Photo by Ricky Leung

Rabbi John Friedman (front) of Judea Reform is one of many religious leaders in attendance in support of compassionate immigration reform. Photo by Ricky Leung

Faith leaders in attendance include Father Carlos Arce of the Raleigh Catholic Diocese, Rabbi John Friedman of Judea Reform, Rev. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham of Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Julio Ramirez of Iglesia Emanuel, Rev. Reynolds Chapman of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and Pastor Ruben Larios of El Buen Pastor church. They contributed personal stories of immigration and immigration enforcement, as well as theological explanations for why we need more welcoming immigration rules.

This excerpt from the Herald-Sun put our communities’ fight for justice for immigrant families in historical context:

The Rev. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham of Pilgrim United Church of Christ said this is a special week to take a stand for immigration policy reform because of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. She read a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., from his letter from Birmingham Jail in April of 1963.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” she read. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

She looked up and said, “We are all in this together.”

Fabiana Palomo and Gustavo Peña share a word with Father Larry Hayes of the Immaculate Conception Church during the vigil. Photo by RIcky Leung

Fabiana Palomo and Gustavo Peña share a word with Father Larry Hayes of the Immaculate Conception Church during the vigil. Photo by RIcky Leung

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