Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantee New Sanctuary Movement (NSM) has held multiple trainings across the city for Sanctuary in the Streets, a new program to rapidly respond to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. NSM held its first action on February 14 for a person who had been detained by ICE agents. Over 60 people responded within 20 minutes and held a prayer vigil outside the Philadelphia ICE office.
Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantees Asian Americans United, Earth Quaker Action Team, Juntos, NSM, and POWER held a march outside Philadelphia International Airport on January 29 after the announcement of the executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. At the same time, Future Fund grantee Philly Coalition for REAL Justice and Opportunity Fund grantee Black and Brown Workers Collective organized a sit-in inside the airport, lifting up the experiences of Black and Brown immigrants resisting the ban. Over 5,000 people are reported to have protested the ban at these two events that weekend.
Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantee 1Love Movement officially filed an appeal against the repatriation agreement between the U.S. and Cambodia on January 31. The appeal aims to end deportations and reunite Cambodian refugee families.