Immigration

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A Tale of Two Prayer Breakfasts

This morning, I attended an interfaith breakfast for the National Day of Prayer where Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti quoted the prophet Isaiah:

The Lord rises to argue his case;
he stands to judge the peoples.
The Lord enters into judgement
with the elders and princes of his people:
It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing my people,
by grinding the face of the poor? says the Lord God of hosts. (Isaiah 3:13-15)

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All Saints Church Applauds District Court Executive Order Stay

All Saints Church applauds the April 25 ruling by district court Judge William H. Orrick blocking implementation of the January executive order on immigration, which ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department to block cities who do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement from receiving federal funds.

“As Christians, we believe the Gospel is what Howard Thurman called ‘a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised among us,’” said the Reverend Mike Kinman, rector of All Saints Church.  “That is the heart of any movement of Sanctuary – provision of all that is necessary for equity and justice and protection from all that would wish to keep God’s children in chains.”

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Resist LA: May 1st March of Prophetic Resistance

Monday, May 1 | 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

May 1st is a day of action, prophetic resistance and witness to the pain and suffering occurring in our communities. On May 1st, we join with others across the nation to stand with the oppressed, to march for rights and lift up the voices and stories of working families in Los Angeles. Muslims. Immigrants. Workers. Unions. Women. The LBGT community. Sanctuary cities. And anyone who dares to speak the truth to power. We will respond and resist in the spirit of King and Milk. Huerta and Chavez. March with us on May 1 from MacArthur Park to LA’s City Hall as we show the world what real power looks like.

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An Invitation to Sacred Resistance from the Rector

Thursday, April 13

On Maundy Thursday, soldiers met Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane to arrest him. He had become a threat to a state that oppressed the most vulnerable and ruled over them with fear. What was threatening about him was love. Love that refused to back down in the face of fear. Love that refused to back down in the face of militaristic oppression.

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An Interfaith Day of Prophetic Action

Thursday, April 13

Members of the All Saints community — including our rector Mike Kinman — will join with faith, community, immigrant and civil rights, worker and labor leaders on Passover and Maundy Thursday for a gathering of sacred resistance to tell ICE to stop tearing families apart!

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Pasadena Welcomes Immigrants: Concert & City Council Hearing

Monday, March 27

Last month we marched and demanded Pasadena become a Sanctuary City for all immigrants! The City Council heard our request loud and clear and they are set to take up the issue on Monday, March 27th. We need your support to make sure the City Council adopts a strong policy that protects all immigrants: a policy that makes sure that the Pasadena City Police will not carry out Trump’s mass deportation plans by collaborating with ICE.

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Screening of “Harvest of Empire”

Sunday, March 5

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, this powerful documentary examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

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Revisiting Manzanar

Sunday, January 8 | 5-7:30 p.m.

Please join the Interfaith Study Group for a very special evening with guest speakers Shizuko Akasaki and Bill Shishima who will share their family’s stories of sudden removal from business and homes to detention camps 75 years ago at the beginning of World War II. Come learn from their history as we prepare to enter an uncertain future for our neighbors who are immigrants in this nation.

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California: Fearless, United!

Sunday, December 18

All Saints Church is proud to be a co-sponsor of the December 18th California: Fearless, United Rally & March. Standing together as immigrant, environmental, faith, labor, LGBT, and women’s rights groups in the heart of Los Angeles — one of the most diverse cities in the world — we will put our faith into action as we continue in the work of turning the human race into the human family.

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Featured Ministry: Immigration Task Force

We are — all of us –in some sense immigrants and sojourners, strangers in a strange land seeking a homeland. Some of us or members of our families have personally experienced hardships and, at times, unspeakable indignities, in coming to America. Others of us fortunate to have been born here have trekked into the desert wilderness to see for ourselves the migrant path of tears and triumph.

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An Inch At A Time: Syrian Refugee Family Update

Sister Joan Chittister famously said:  “We are each called to go through life reclaiming the planet an inch at a time until the Garden of Eden grows green again.” This week we celebrate one of those inches as we mark the first anniversary of the arrival of the Syrian refugee family All Saints was privileged to participate in sponsoring.

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