The following statement and list of sponsors appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer and the Durham Herald Sun on Sunday March 8, 2020
WE HAVE A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
Based on a shared belief that all people are created equal, we are compelled to take action. There has always been human suffering, but we should always work to relieve it. We as a country are actively inflicting suffering upon others. This situation is intolerable. We must speak up against the separation of families, people being treated inhumanely, and people being marginalized because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/identity, or citizenship status. We abhor this injustice that is taking place here in our country where we pledge liberty and justice for all. Unjust, inhumane treatment of immigrants, refugees and our own citizens must stop in order to protect them and to preserve our own humanity. We encourage you to join with us or your own church, synagogue, mosque, temple or community group to work for the humane treatment of all people.
- Apoyo – Centro para la comunidad, Orange County
- The Church & Society Committee of Benson Memorial United Methodist Church, Raleigh
- Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
- Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship
- Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, Chatham County
- Faith in Action Ministries, The Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, Chapel Hill
- Church of the Holy Family (Episcopal), Chapel Hill
- Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill
- Church Women United Chapel Hill – Carrboro Unit
- Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist
- Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA)
- Refugee and Immigrant Action Group, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF), Durham
- Ethical Action Committee, Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle
- First Presbyterian Church, Durham
- Islamic Association of Raleigh
- Judea Reform Congregation, Durham
- La Semilla New Faith Community, Durham
- Millbrook United Methodist Church, Raleigh
- Hispanic/Latino Committee, Immigration Ministry Taskforce, Outreach Ministries Office, and Refugee & Immigration Committee, North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Central and Eastern North Carolina
- North Carolina Council of Churches
- Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham
- Pittsboro Presbyterian Church
- Missions and Outreach Council, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh
- Refugee Support Center, Carrboro
- Triangle Interfaith Advocates for Refugees and Immigrants (TIARI)
- Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough
- United Church of Chapel Hill
- Sojourner’s Class, University Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
- Watts Street Baptist Church, Durham
- Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Triangle Branch
Key Contacts: Marcus McFaul, Senior Minister: email@example.com
Ginger and Dick Clifford: firstname.lastname@example.org
REPORT FROM THE BINKLEY HUMANARTIAN CRISIS WORKGROUP
We had a wonderful turnout at Binkley on Jan. 12! Ninety-eight people, representing 23 organizations, attended our event to begin to create a strong, united, visible voice in our community --- speaking up on behalf of the marginalized people in our country and at our borders. We are hopeful that many of these organizations will join us by signing on with their organization’s name when we publish our statement again in area newspapers. Hopefully, we can create numerous ways to work together to promote love, compassion, and respect.
- March 7 – Open House Islamic Center of Raleigh. Details here.
- March 20 – National Refugee Shabbat. All are invited to this service at Judea Reform Congregation (1933 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705) on Friday, Mar 20 at 7:30pm with HIAS Rabbi in Residence Rachel Grant Meyer. Messages of welcome and the importance of individual and collective action will focus on refugees, people seeking asylum, and all immigrants. At the dessert time after (the oneg) there will be tables from several organizations working with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrant justice, including Triangle Interfaith Advocates for Refugees and Immigrants (TIARI), CWS, HIAS, Siembra Solidarity, and Carolina Jews for Justice.
- April 4, 5, 6 - there will be a series of events featuring Amilcar Valencia, Executive Director of El Refugio in Lumpkin, GA, and others - Sat April 4 at a LatinX faith community; Sunday April 5 at Judea Reform; Monday April 6 at Duke. Stay tuned for more info - great opportunities to learn of realities immigrants are facing and ways to help.
- June 20 – Poor People’s Assembly/Repairers of the Breach Moral March on Washington. SAVE THE DATE -SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020. This march is the culmination of a 9-month, 25 state tour of the US.
- August 30 – Festival of Faiths at NCCU. Partnership between Durham Congregations in Action and the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue at Central University.
Information that we should be aware of: Pilgrimages of Compassion will be going every other month to Stewart Detention Center. Those going will include both family and friends going to visit loved ones detained and community members going to bear witness and speak out later. Pastor Edgar Vergarra of La Semilla is leading.
HUMANITARIAN CRISIS –WAYS TO DONATE AND/OR VOLUNTEER
Al Otro Lado (https://alotrolado.org)
A Binkley member volunteered with this organization where she assisted in helping immigrants and refugees wishing to enter the US. They have a Border Rights Project in Tijuana and donations can be made directly to that project.
511 E. San Ysidro Blvd. #333, San Ysidro, CA 92173
Binkley Baptist Church
Make checks out to the church, and please designate Humanitarian Crisis on the memo line of your donation. 100% of the funds will directly support Binkley’s work on the Humanitarian Crisis.
1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514
El Refugio (https://www.elrefugiostewart.org)
Serves those detained at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga. Men who are detained in Orange County, NC along with men from other states may be sent there. Binkley Church sent a delegation to El Refugio with toiletries, clothing, and other supplies for loved ones visiting detainees. El Refugio runs a hospitality house offering food and much needed lodging at no cost.
El Centro Hispano (http://elcentronc.org)This is a Latino non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the community, building bridges, and advocating for equality and inclusion for Hispanics/Latinos in the Triangle Area of NC. Among their many programs they provide legal assistance. Donations can help offset the fees associated with applications or renewals or when our neighbors are detained by ICE.
Repairers of the Breach (www.breachrepairers.org)
A National Call for Moral Revival. This national movement fights to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and environmental destruction. It also seeks to end the injustice to children, women, immigrants, refugees, and LGBTQ people.
PO Box 1638, Goldsboro, NC 27533-1638
The Southern Poverty Law Center
Please designate Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative on your contribution. This project provides legal representation to detained immigrants being held in the South.
400 Washington Ave., Washington DC 36104
Vulnerable Families Fund, Church World Services (https://cwsrdu.org/vff/)
This service is housed at CWS Durham and is an emergency assistance resource for individuals affected by immigration detention and deportation. 100% of the donations will be used to support these families.
CWS Durham, Attn: Ellen Andrews, 112 S. Duke St., Suite 4B, Durham NC 27701
You can help by donating or volunteering to help someone who is in sanctuary at the Church of Reconciliation (110N. Elliot road, Chapel Hill, NC.27514). Make a note in your check’s memo line that it is in support of her. Your donation will cover things like legal fees and grocery supplies so that she can make pupusas, a way that she raises money (sanctuary inquiries 984-999-1461).
Donate to the Community Church of Chapel Hill as it offers shelter and support to asylum seekers and ask what you can do to help:106 Purefoy Road, Chapel hill, NC 27514.