MEDIA ADVISORY -- Thursday, July 29 2010
CONTACT: Jennifer Piper, firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Stands with Arizona, Holds 24-hour Solidarity Vigil & Fast Monday
Protests Inhumane Immigration Laws
Joins the “Isaiah 58 Summer” Eight-Week Nationwide Vigil and Fast for Arizona
The American Friends Service Committee has organized people of faith from Fort Collins, Denver and the Western Slope to join in a week of fasting, solidarity and prayer. These actions will show support for the people of Arizona as they prepare for new extreme anti-immigrant legislation facing firsthand the devastating consequences of federal inaction on comprehensive immigration reform. Participants will fast ranging from 24 hours to the entire week of July 25. In addition, the faith community will sign “Not in Our State” petitions calling on Gov. Ritter and the Colorado legislature to oppose legislation like Arizona’s. They will also pray for courageous leadership in Washington to act now on immigration reform that keeps families together and fixes our broken system.
The weeklong fasting and reflection culminates in Monday’s vigil which is part of a broader nationwide, eight-week effort called the Isaiah 58 Summer, a nationwide vigil and fast for Arizona.
WHAT: 24 hour Fast and Solidarity vigil for Arizona, just and humane immigration reform
WHO: Hundreds of people of faith and community members, including:
Indigenous Healers: Curandero Juan Carlos and Curandera Velia hosted by Dance of the Flower Medicine, Comunidad Liberación/Liberation Community (Aurora), No More Deaths Denver, Plymouth Congregational (Fort Collins)
Members of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch
Members of Western Colorado Justice for Immigrant Committees in Grand Junction, Delta, Olathe, Montrose, Gunnison, Telluride, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge
Members of Rights for All People, Comite Defensa del Pueblo, Coloradans for Immigrant Rights
WHEN: Denver: July 25th 3 People began their weeklong fast
July 30th: A dozen others begin their fast
Sunday, August 1 to Monday, August 2: dozens more will join them in a 24 hour fast and prayer culminating in a vigil on Monday, August 2
Fort Collins: Sunday, August 1st-August 2nd: 24 hours of reflection, fasting, movie showings, and prayer at Plymouth Congregational Church
Western Colorado Justice for Immigrant Committees: Fasting Sunday, August 1st-August 2nd
WHERE: Denver: 30th Avenue & Peoria Street GEO detention center: contact Jennifer Piper 720-301-1858 email@example.com
Fort Collins: Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth UCC address is 916 West Prospect Road. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristen McCulloch (303) 330-2006 for more details.
Montrose: Please contact Karen Sherman Perez for more information at (970) 417-6538 or email@example.com
The vigil has been “rolling” across the country, with each region praying for Arizona and for immigration reform for a week out of the 8 week action:
Week 1 (June 6-12): Pennsylvania*, Maryland*, Washington DC, Delaware
Week 2 (June 13-19): Arkansas*, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Mississippi
Week 3 (June 20-26): South Carolina*, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
Week 4 (June 27-July 3): New Jersey*, Nevada*, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Hawaii
Week 5 (July 4-10): Texas*, Oklahoma*, Missouri*, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana
Week 6 (July 11-17): Minnesota*, Illinois, North & South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan
Week 7 (July 18-24): Ohio*, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Florida
Week 8 (July 25-31): Utah*, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska
* states where Arizona-like legislation has either been drafted or introduced
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
The Isaiah 58 Project is coordinated by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition: http://interfaithimmigration.org/ and builds upon months of activity from the faith community to urge passage of comprehensive reform. In early May, the faith community led an Immigrant Sabbath and Prayer for Immigrants weekend with events in Missouri, Texas, Kansas, New York, California, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and Ohio. Earlier in the year, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the March FOR America: Change Takes Courage and Faith to rally for immigration reform, and people of faith organized hundreds of grassroots events and sent hundreds of thousands of pro-reform postcards to Members of Congress.