have been volunteering at the Greyhound Bus Depot, Catholic Social Services and the Unaccompanied YouthDetention Center in Nogales. Numbers have decreased in Nogales, and the Bus Depot work will soon be done at an undisclosed location. There seems to be enough volunteers at both sites right now. However, CSS is still in need of supplies and is accepting donations via their website.
When we worked with the Religious Leaders Against 1070 to pass the Immigrant Welcoming County Resolution in February, we had no idea that our community would be put to the test so soon. So far, we’ve passed!
A letter to Obama that over 40 of our religious leaders signed as part of the Southwest IAF’s call for humane treatment of these refugees is attached. Over 300 clergy from 4 states signed onto it, including Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran and Catholic Bishops.
In addition, Frank Pierson in Oracle and Melanie Nelson in Yuma have been active in rallying their communities to give the refugees in both places the right kind of welcome.
Mark your calendars for a Candidates Issues and Accountability Session on September 28th at Most Holy Trinity. More info will follow.