“Restoring Trust” Across the Country
This week, a new campaign called “Restoring Trust: Breaking ICE’s Hold on Our Communities” launched across the country. The campaign urges local law enforcement officials to not comply with voluntary requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold and turn over people for deportation via the so-called Secure Communities program. When local law enforcement officials work with ICE, critical relationships with local communities break down with heartbreaking repercussions on crime, domestic violence, and other issues. A growing number of cities have enacted these progressive policies, including Washington, DC; Santa Clara, California; and Cook County, Illinois.
Twelve communities all over the country held rallies to kick off the Restoring Trust campaign. In Austin, Texas, local immigration activists were joined by Unitarian Universalists carrying a Standing on the Side of Love banner. They were even featured prominently in Univision’s coverage of the event!
Want to learn more about how you can get involved in the Restoring Trust campaign? Click here to check out their website, see where local initiatives are already underway, and download resources for starting a campaign in your area.