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An Interfaith and Community Training with CIVIC to Visit People held in Immigration Detention

Join us on September 29th for a training with CIVIC in LA to learn how you can visit and support people held in immigration detention!

Immigrants and refugees are suffering in detention centers across Southern California in deplorable and immoral conditions. Each year, there are approximately 400,000 people being held in jails and private prisons; many parents are unjustly separated from their children and some suffer in solitary confinement. This is a moral crisis and there is an urgent need to visit and offer care to people in detention centers who are being denied basic human rights. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is committed to ending US immigration detention “by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community based alternatives to detention and advocating for system change” (endisolation.org).

We have scheduled dates and times for LA County(09/29), Orange County (11/4) and San Bernardino/Ontario(12/1). The first training is scheduled in Los Angeles; please see info below:

WHEN:  Friday, September 29th, 2017
TIME:  10:00am – 12:00pm
WHERE:  Centanary United Methodist Church (Little Tokyo)
ADDRESS:  300 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013
CONTACT Info:  Guillermo Torres 323-228-2753  and Rev. Andy Schwiebert 1-510-684-1163 (RSVP by replying to Andy Schwiebert <aschwiebert@cluejustice.org> )

Come learn about conditions within the detention centers across Southern California and to receive detailed training tools for visiting detained persons. This will be an important time for people of faith and conscience to develop a deeper understanding about the crisis facing many in our communities and to put this understanding into action.  After the training, our hope is that faith and community members across Southern California will continue the struggle for justice for our immigrant brother and sisters by:

• Educating their communities on the suffering of immigrants at local detention centers
• Coordinating visits to detention centers with members of their communities
• Advocating for systemic change
• Joining in support of CIVIC programs

We are also excited that Sister Greta Ronningen, Prior of Community of Divine Love Monastery, will be joining us to introduce us to some basics of CHAPLAINCY. Sr. Greta currently leads a prison chaplaincy program.

ENDORSERS: Presbytery of the Pacific (PCUSA), Bend the Arc, Task Force on Sanctuary for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Matthew25th/Mateo 25, COPALA (Coalition of Latino Pastors), California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church, Jesus4Revolutionaries, USWW-SEIU UNITED SERVICE WORKERS WEST.

Guillermo Torres & Rev. Andy Schwiebert
http://www.cluejustice.org/CLUE: Building a Just and Sacred Society · 464 Lucas Ave, Suite 202, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States

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