There Is Still Time
The message below went out on Monday, July 23, 2012 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.
Have you signed up for this week’s webinar, “Breaking the Isolation of Immigration: Starting a Visitation Program”?
The webinar, which will be led by Grassroots Leadership’s Bob Libal, is scheduled for 8pm ET this Wednesday, July 25.
“Visitation helps break the isolation so often felt by people in immigration detention,” says Libal. “Building relationships with those detained informs your congregation on the effects of detention and builds visitors into advocates for detention reform. While ICE and private prison corporations seek to profit from mass detention and deportation, we seek to break down the barriers built by detention walls.”
Indivdiuals who have directly benefited from visitation will also join us on the call, as will David Fraccaro from the National Visitation Network, a community of faith-based and secular organizations, and everyday people that care deeply about the lives of those inside of detention facilities across the United States.
“Detention visitors affirm the humanity of those suffering in the midst of a dehumanizing scenario, while also being the ‘eyes and ears’ that educate the public, and hold local and governmental officials accountable to change,” says Fraccaro. “The network creates a space for visitation programs to connect and share experiences, strategies and best practices to end the isolation of our friends in detention. When the network began 3 years ago, there were only 4 visitation programs, now there are 18 across the country. If you visit http://endisolation.org, you will see a map, and the lightbulbs on the map are where there are visitation programs.”
More than 200 people have already signed up, and space is limited, so reserve your space today.
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