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April 3, 2020 to April 15, 2020: #FreeThemAll - Action April - COVID-19 Response to Free Detainees
Read more about the #DefundHate Campaign here 

ACTION APRIL: COVID-19 Response

Please share the Facebook event for #FreeThemAll - release immigrant detainees, state prisoners, county jail inmates

Ohioans are making their voices heard—a prison or detention sentence should NEVER mean a death sentence! Throughout April, Ohioans will be demanding that detainees in immigration and civil detention have their basic human rights upheld and respected.

What are the two most important things for the prevention and containment of Covid-19? Physical distancing and sanitation. Therefore, one of the most dangerous places for someone to be during this pandemic is in prison, where you are closely confined and tightly packed with dozens of other detainees. On top of that, people in detention are forced to PAY for their basic hygiene products such as toothpaste and soap.

If you believe that the state of Ohio should be held responsible for the safety and health of the most vulnerable among us, please stand with us (virtually) and help us reach out to our state leadership.

Don’t know what to say? We have you covered! Thanks to a great deal of effort by the Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County JailOhio Immigrant Alliance & Ohio-based organizers fighting mass incarceration, white supremacy, and class struggle, we are happy to share with you the “ACTION APRIL” toolkit! This resource was made with Ohioans in mind, so you don’t have to do any of the googling (if you are not based in Ohio, visit the bottom of this email for resources). Here you will find tons of information about the actions we will be taking throughout April as well as sample social media posts, information for our state leadership, and much, much more. (See links to all the toolkits below) . 

SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT

“Hi. My name is [insert your name] and I am a constituent of [insert your location of residence]. It’s important to me that my representative fight for the wellbeing of all people in my community, especially as you consider how to spend taxpayer dollars. As you consider emergency funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, I urge you to prioritize the people most impacted by the virus and the healthcare professionals responding to the crisis - not ICE, whose proven time and again to be incapable of meeting the health needs of people in its custody. In the face of this severe public health crisis, Congress must use the opportunity presented by these stimulus packages to instead direct ICE to let people go. Every day that immigrants remain detained poses a serious threat to their safety. Can I count on Rep./Sen. [x] to fight for the health and freedom of all immigrants?”

SAMPLE EMAIL SCRIPT

Hello,

My name is [insert your name] and I am a constituent of [insert your location of residence]. It’s important to me that my representative fight for the wellbeing of all people in my community. Any emergency funding you consider to address the COVID-19 pandemic should prioritize the people most impacted by the virus and the healthcare professionals responding to the crisis - not ICE, whose proven time and again to be incapable of meeting the health needs of people in its custody. In the face of this severe public health crisis, Congress must use the opportunity presented by these stimulus packages to instead direct ICE to let people go. Every day that immigrants remain detained poses a serious threat to their safety. I strongly urge Rep./Sen. [x] to fight for the health and freedom of all immigrants by Defunding Hate and calling for their release from detention.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIONS

April 3 — Twitter Storm

April 6 — Call Your Governor/ Department of Health

April 6-9 — Text A Friend Outreach

April 13 — Call Your County Sheriff

April 15 — Facebook Friend Outreach

For people outside Ohio: feel free to use the following tools for your own action:

 

Week-Long Social Media Action: #FreeThemAll Take Action Challenge 

Amplify the demand to release all people in immigration detention on social media by completing the #FreeThemAll Take Action Challenge throughout the week!  How to participate:

  • Take a photo of yourself holding up a sign that says, “#FreeThemAll from immigration detention” AND/OR a video of yourself participating and completing our calls to action for that particular day 

  • Include the following post text with your photo or video:

    • #ChallengeAccepted I just called on my [insert elected official target for that particular day] to release all people from immigration detention. No one is safe in ICE custody. We need to #FreeThemAll now! I challenge you to take action today.

  • Tag 5 friends and Detention Watch Network (@detentionwatch) 

Links to toolkits

Action April Toolkit for Ohioans

#FreeThemAll / Defund Hate - from Detention Watch Network - sample tweets

#FreeThemAll/ Defund Hate - call script and email script

May 1, 2020: Deadline to Apply for WFP Delegation to Colombia

This delegation will June 13-23, 2020.

Overview

Join veteran delegation organizer Lyn Clark Pegg and WFP cofounder Gail Phares on two side by side historic delegations to commemorate 20 years of accompaniment and advocacy in solidarity with the Colombian people. We hope to coordinate two simultaneous delegations: one focused in Bogota and one that travels outside the capital, overlapping at the end for action planning and a celebration gathering with historical and current partners.    

 For the last six decades, Colombia has endured a brutal armed conflict. In many cases, US involvement and military aid have exacerbated internal disputes, leading to gross human rights violations and creating one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises with almost 8 million people internally displaced and over 220,000 people killed. Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective delegates will see the effects of US policy firsthand, analyzing the effects of military aid on communities, the impact of Plan Colombia, the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Labor Action Plan, and US cooperation in the post-accords period. 

Apply Now                                 Pay Now
  • Learn about issues of internal displacement and armed conflict, grassroots peacebuilding efforts and the peace process, and the work of human rights defenders throughout the country. 

  • Meet with human rights defenders, displaced Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities, and other advocates, and return prepared to act in solidarity. 

  • Reflect upon the impact of accompaniment, policy advocacy, and solidarity work, as we mark 20 years of on-the-ground presence and delegations.

  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to return to the United States and advocate against harmful US policies, striving for new policies that uplift human rights and support Colombian communities on the ground.

 

cost = $1,200 + airfare

fundraising and scholarship opportunities available.

May 1 deadline to apply with $250 deposit

Remaining Balance due May 13, 2020.

​Delegation fee covers meals, lodging, interpreters, and transportation within Colombia, along with reading and activist tools. 

MAIL CHECK (Save us $ on processing fee):

Witness for Peace Midwest, PO Box 6078, Minneapolis, Mn 55406

*Please note COLOMBIA DELEGATION on the check

May 5, 2020: Friends of Immigrants Meeting - Cleveland Heights
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St Paschal Baylon Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Rd, Highland Heights, OH 44143

Friends of Immigrants supports migrants and refugees locally in NE Ohio as well as at the US/Mexico Border. Join us to learn about various initiatives in defense and support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic Church, Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, and St. Paschal Baylon Church.

Steering Committee
Bill Shaul - from Federated UCC
Sharon Shumaker - from Forest Hill Church Presbyterian
Peggy Murphy - from St. Dominic Church (MLMurphy0901@sbcglobal.net)
Dale Winsberg - unaffiliated
Anne Hill - unaffiliated 
(someone yet to be named)  - St. Paschal Baylon Church
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic, Forest Hill, and St. Pascal Baylon.

 

May 7, 2020 to May 17, 2020: Human Rights Delegation to Honduras
Honduras

Human Rights Delegation to Honduras!

Join us in responding to the urgent call for accompaniment in Honduras! This delegation will focus on the Honduran Political Prisoners, the victims of political repression and on the human rights activists defending the environment and their communities. We will meet with Honduran organizations and grassroots movements representatives who are in the front lines of resistance. We will gather information and testimonies to hold US and Canadian officials accountable for their role in the human rights crisis increased in Honduras after the 2009 coup, for their support for Juan Orlando Hernández government, and for promoting the policies that force people to leave their country.

In the past, our delegations to Honduras have stopped an illegal eviction of a peasant cooperative in Rigores, accompanied cooperatives under threat of violence in the Aguan Valley, exposed fraud in the presidential election, and even accessed La Tolva Maximum Security Prison to visit Honduran Political Prisoners Edwin Espinal and Raúl Álvarez. Today, our friends and colleagues in Honduras ask for our solidarity. We count on you.

This delegation will be led by Vicki Cervantes (AFGJ board member/ Honduras Solidarity Network and La Voz de los de Abajo coordinator) and Eduardo García (AFGJ national co-coordinator). If you have any questions or are interested in joining the delegation, please contact Eduardo at eduardo@afgj.org or 202-540-8336 ext 7. As the planning goes forward, we will be able to share an agenda and more details.

Join this solidarity effort! Send an email today to eduardo@afgj.org to request your application form.

You can also click here to donate toward scholarships for black, indigenous and people of color youth who want to participate in the delegation but cannot afford the cost. Donate and send an email to eduardo@afgj.org to designate funds correctly.

This delegation is co-sponsored by La Voz de lxs de Abajo and Codepink, both members of the Honduras Solidarity Network.

In resistance,

Alliance for Global Justice

May 26, 2020: Deadline to apply for Colombia delegation June 24-July 4: Campesinxs Solidarity
Colombia

Colombia

Christian Peacemaker Teams

June 24 – July 4

Armed groups and paramilitaries, unemployment, poverty, and state-sponsored, corporate-driven eviction. These are all elements that threaten campesinx (rural and peasant form worker) livelihood. Join our delegation to learn how national agrarian policies of development violate the human rights of campesinxs. Delve into the history of the armed conflict and learn how its legacy continues to haunt campesinxs through violence and lack of access to fair judicial processes.

APPLY HERE

MORE ABOUT THIS DELEGATION

El Magdalena Medio (along the Magdalena River) is a region rich in renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Due to its richness and strategic position in the country, the city of Barrancabermeja and the Magdalena Medio region have suffered high levels of violence. Massacres and forced displacements left whole communities uprooted where criminal interests took advantage to take the lands and develop their economic projects.

Armed groups and paramilitaries control Barrancabermeja and the region. High levels of unemployment and poverty have created a situation where young people see no other options but to get involved with these groups. When judicial efforts to evict communities from their lands do not work, paramilitary groups are used to threaten them.

Join our delegation to learn how national agrarian policies of development violate the human rights of campesinxs.* Delve into the history of the armed conflict and learn how its legacy continues to haunt campesinxs through violence and lack of access to fair judicial processes.

Listen to their stories and songs of resistance and be inspired to to take solidarity action.

Some physical rigors are involved in most CPT delegations, such as hiking in mud and heat or mountains, hours-long trips by boat or truck, and generally long days.

cost = $1,300 + airfare

*Small farmer. The 'x' is used for gender inclusivity.

Questions? Contact delegations@cpt.org.

 

June 2, 2020: Clone of Friends of Immigrants Meeting - Cleveland Heights
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, 3031 Monticello Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Friends of Immigrants supports migrants and refugees locally in NE Ohio as well as at the US/Mexico Border. Join us to learn about various initiatives in defense and support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic Church, Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, and St. Paschal Baylon Church.

Steering Committee
Bill Shaul - from Federated UCC
Sharon Shumaker - from Forest Hill Church Presbyterian
Peggy Murphy - from St. Dominic Church (MLMurphy0901@sbcglobal.net)
Dale Winsberg - unaffiliated
Anne Hill - unaffiliated 
(someone yet to be named)  - St. Paschal Baylon Church
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic, Forest Hill, and St. Pascal Baylon.

 

June 20, 2020: Mass Poor People's Assembly -digital conference
10am-4pm
online

https://www.facebook.com/OhioPPC/

The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is going digital! On June 20, we will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. The fact that there are 140 million poor and low-wealth people in a country this rich is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent, and economically insane. A global pandemic is exposing even more the already existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We are building power for an agenda that lifts all people by challenging these interlocking injustices. On June 20, 2020 we will rise together as a powerful moral fusion movement to demand the implementation of our Moral Agenda. The 140 million poor and low-wealth people across this nation will be heard!

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020/

WHAT

  • The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington will be a generationally transformative gathering on June 20, 2020 at the US Capitol in Washington DC. 
  • We are marching to Washington DC from across the nation to demonstrate the collective power of poor and low-wealth people. We demand that both major political parties address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism by implementing our Moral Agenda.

WHEN

  • 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

WHERE

  • online digital conference 

WHY

  • to dramatize the pain and prophetic leadership of the poor and dispossessed and build power to enact our demands.
  • to awaken the nation to the interlocking injustices facing 140 million poor and low-wealth people, 43% of the nation.
  • But it’s not enough just to be awake. It’s not the waking, it’s the rising. On June 20, 2020, We Rise Together!
  • If the rejected millions—the poor without health insurance, without living wages, without clean water, without voting protections—unite, we can move the moral and political imagination of this country and revive the heart of the nation!

WHO

  • The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is made up of people of all backgrounds, we are Black, Brown, White, Native, and Asian; we are old and young; we are Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim; we are people of faith and not of faith; we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities; we are led by poor people and we are a cross-class movement; we are people of all abilities; and we live across this nation, from Alabama to Alaska, from Maine to California to Mississippi.

HOW

  • We will gather online on June 20, 2020 from across the country and world.
  • We will launch a robust accessibility campaign to ensure those of us most affected by poverty and its interlocking injustices are able to participate fully.
  • To begin, go to www.june2020.org to let us know you will join us on June 20, 2020.
  • Spread the word in your networks and social media.
  • Get connected to your state’s coordinating committee

See the demands of our campaign here .

Please like and follow the Ohio Poor People's Campaign page on Facebook 

Read the Fundamental Principles of the national Poor People's Campaign on their Facebook page 

June 24, 2020 to July 4, 2020: Colombia delegation: Campesinxs Solidarity
Colombia

Colombia

Christian Peacemaker Teams

June 24 – July 4

Armed groups and paramilitaries, unemployment, poverty, and state-sponsored, corporate-driven eviction. These are all elements that threaten campesinx (rural and peasant form worker) livelihood. Join our delegation to learn how national agrarian policies of development violate the human rights of campesinxs. Delve into the history of the armed conflict and learn how its legacy continues to haunt campesinxs through violence and lack of access to fair judicial processes.

APPLY HERE

MORE ABOUT THIS DELEGATION

El Magdalena Medio (along the Magdalena River) is a region rich in renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Due to its richness and strategic position in the country, the city of Barrancabermeja and the Magdalena Medio region have suffered high levels of violence. Massacres and forced displacements left whole communities uprooted where criminal interests took advantage to take the lands and develop their economic projects.

Armed groups and paramilitaries control Barrancabermeja and the region. High levels of unemployment and poverty have created a situation where young people see no other options but to get involved with these groups. When judicial efforts to evict communities from their lands do not work, paramilitary groups are used to threaten them.

Join our delegation to learn how national agrarian policies of development violate the human rights of campesinxs.* Delve into the history of the armed conflict and learn how its legacy continues to haunt campesinxs through violence and lack of access to fair judicial processes.

Listen to their stories and songs of resistance and be inspired to to take solidarity action.

Some physical rigors are involved in most CPT delegations, such as hiking in mud and heat or mountains, hours-long trips by boat or truck, and generally long days.

cost = $1,300 + airfare

*Small farmer. The 'x' is used for gender inclusivity.

Questions? Contact delegations@cpt.org.