The Sanctuary Movement began in 1980's, but what does it look like now?
What is the Sanctuary Movement?
The Sanctuary Movement began in the early 1980’s as a religious and political campaign to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing civil conflict and persecution in Central America. President-elect Donald Trump has called for the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants, proposed a ban on Muslims, and espoused rhetoric that caused concern in minority communities. In response hundreds of cities across the country have announced or re-affirmed their status as sanctuary cities, and plan to protect the rights of immigrants and other vulnerable groups. This is being called the New Sanctuary Movement.
The New Sanctuary Movement Today
Sanctuary cities recognize that federal immigration reform is needed now more than ever, and have committed to refrain from perpetuating the current, broken system. At the same time, they have vowed to enact policies and procedures to protect all vulnerable communities, including Muslims, from discrimination and persecution. Many congregations, college campuses, and school boards have also declared themselves sanctuaries for those seeking refuge, and yours can too.
Call to Action
Find out how you can be a part of the New Sanctuary Movement!
Encourage your city, congregation, campus, and/or school board to adopt a sanctuary resolution.
Present the sanctuary resolution to your local lawmakers for adoption during a public comment session, and meet with a voting member of the legislative body who can sponsor it.
Support existing sanctuary cities, congregations, college campuses, and/or school boards in your area.
New Sanctuary Movement Resolution
Participate in the New Sanctuary Movement by taking this resolution to your city council, school board, congregation, and college campus. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WHEREAS, the City/Campus of _____ consists of diverse communities, individuals and identities;
WHEREAS, the City/Campus of _____ has been, and continues to be enriched by the contributions of the diverse communities, individuals and identities within it;
WHEREAS, the City/Campus of _____ welcomes and respects all persons regardless of race, religion, class, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or immigration status;
WHEREAS, the City/Campus of _____ seeks to ensure public safety and trust between and among all members of our community;
WHEREAS, much of the rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election campaign has left members of our community concerned about their future in this Country and fearful of backlash based upon their race, religion, class, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status;
WHEREAS, hate crimes motivated by bias based upon race, religion, class, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and immigration status are on the rise nationwide;
WHEREAS, immigrants and minorities are frequently victims of abuse related to work, housing, and access to basic government-provided resources; and
WHEREAS, the City/Campus of _____ supports equality and justice for all, notwithstanding that the incoming presidential administration may adopt policies designed to target certain communities unfairly, based upon their race, religion, class, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or immigration status;
WHEREAS, the City/Campus of _____ supports a fair and just reform to the immigration process, where local funds and resources are not used to enforce federal immigration laws, and where our local police department has actively committed not to seek out and persecute individuals within the city/campus limits because of their immigration status;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City/Campus of ______ offers itself as a safe place for people of all races, religions, classes, genders, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientation, or immigration status; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that the City/Campus of _____ declares itself a City/Campus of Sanctuary, affirming its commitment both to refugees and undocumented migrants to this country, and providing a safe haven for them until they can return to their homelands or until they receive federally-recognized residency in the United States; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that the City/Campus of _____ endorses and reaffirms its commitment to actively work to prevent discrimination of all kinds; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that the City/Campus of _____ actively supports community outreach to educate the City/Campus’s population about this resolution, and therefore its policy, by: