by Max Brantley
Millions of others have risked passage to a separate, unauthorized life in a foreign land to provide for their families. Be thankful, too, that Arkansans are working in the interest of such people and mobilizing for immigration reform in the U.S.
Read on for details of a vigil Monday night in Little Rock as part of the movement to support Obama administration reform efforts.
On Monday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., religious and community leaders will host a community dialogue and potluck focused on the need for just, humane immigration reform at the First United Methodist Church in Little Rock. The event, called "Breaking Bread and Barriers," will include a candlelight vigil, prayers for all families who are separated by our broken immigration system, and communion service officiated by the Rev. Stephen Copley. Participants will also fill out postcards to send to their members of Congress, urging support for immigration reform that keeps families together rather than keeping them apart. The event is sponsored by the Arkansas Justice For Our Neighbors.
This service comes on the heels of the Obama Administration's announcement that it will move immigration reform forward early next year and is part of “Home for the Holidays,” a new nationwide mobilization of hundreds of thousands of people of faith to hold the Administration and Congress accountable to this promise and build grassroots support for reform. With Hanukkah and Christmas fast approaching, faith leaders from key states and major national faith-based organizations are pushing Congress to pass reform legislation that keeps families together instead of keeping them apart.
WHAT: Worship service, candlelight vigil, and potluck dinner in support of comprehensive immigration reform
WHO: People of faith from the community
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 30, 6:00 pm
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 723 Center Street, Little Rock, AR
The multifaceted mobilization employs innovative tactics to show Congress that reforming our broken immigration system is an urgent priority for the faith community. Local religious communities will reach out to Congress in a variety of ways. Interfaith Immigration Coalition members and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are sending a total of 250,000 postcards to people of faith to send to their Members of Congress, urging action on comprehensive immigration reform, and faith-based networks will conduct statewide call-in days to Congress in seven key states (OH, PA, MN, AR, MO, SC and NC). In addition to Monday’s event in Little Rock, similar large-scale events, including town halls and prayer services, are happening in TX, OH, IA, and NJ.