May 19, 2015
The Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) is a large, privately operated detention facility in Tacoma. There have been multiple hunger strikes, public protests and the introduction of federal legislation to address issues at the facility.
The Immigration Ministry team invites everyone to check out the art display located in the Lounge to raise the voices of mothers who are currently inside detained. The art display also includes three art pieces made by detainees and a video of people affected by the center.
This Sunday three faithful advocacy opportunities are available to join in solidarity with our brothers and sisters: 1) All are welcome to sign letters of support and encouragement to friends detained at NWDC. We will make copies and mail them to our brothers and sisters in the detention center; 2) Representative Smith is re-introducing a bill demanding that private corporations, like the GEO Group, treat detainees humanely and respect basic human rights. Sign a petition that encourages our own representatives to support this implementation that allows families to stay together without fear of detention and deportation; and 3) There will also be an opportunity to write your own personal card of encouragement to a specific detainee. If Congress does not act, ICE will continue to sign contacts with GEO and heartbreaking stories will continue to be our legacy. What will Plymouth’s voice be in the midst of all this?
If you are interested in getting more involved with the Immigration Ministry Team at Plymouth please contact Emmanuel Mancilla at EMancilla@PlymouthChurchSeattle.org.Subscribe