Two opportunities to support Sanctuary efforts

Act To Protect the Dreamers 

The Sanctuary Support Team asks you to pray for the nearly 800,000 people who had received protection from deportation under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Sometimes referred to as “Dreamers,” these individuals were brought to the U.S. illegally as young children and have never known another home.  They have higher rates of college education and lower rates of incarceration than native-born Americans and are contributing members of American society.

On September 5, the administration announced that it will be ending the DACA program, placing the Dreamers at risk again of deportation, unless Congress acts before March of 2018 to provide a legal pathway for them to remain.  In the wake of the announcement, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton issued a statement in support of the Dreamers, urging Congress to take compassionate action on their behalf.  Join your voice with hers by urging your congressional representatives to act quickly to allow the Dreamers to remain.

Who Is Our Neighbor?  Songs for Sanctuary

All are invited to a fundraising event to support sanctuary efforts in Minnesota.  In the wake of the executive administration’s decision to end the DACA program, ISAIAH is sponsoring a sing-along and informational event at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2315 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis  55404, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 16.  The sing-along features folksinger Bret Hesla, jazz pianist Kent Goodroad, and members of the Honduran peace prize-winning band, Cien Años.  The event is appropriate for children, as well as adults.  Come enjoy good music and learn about a good cause!