Social & Economic Justice Committee Meeting
April 7, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
After a brief break where we missed our “first Sunday” meetings for a few months, we would like you to add to your calendar a meeting on Sunday, April 7, following the 11 am service. We will go update the following items below:
- Xavier has set up more visits to the immigrant detention center in Elizabeth, NJ. New dates include: April 6, May 4, June 1, and June 29, 2019. Detailed information on how you can volunteer and the guidelines for visits are available at the information table or by clicking here.
- To clarify what we’ve gathered about other activities of New Sanctuary where our presence is welcome and desired: Tuesday evening legal clinic. New volunteers are welcome at Judson Church (enter on Thompson Street between West 4th and West 3rd Street). After orientation you will be sent to the NYU Law School to help people learn about the process involved in applying for status. Lawyers are on site as advisors, and there are translators.
- Thursday evening New Sanctuary friends gathering as a community at Ascension Church parish hall (5th Avenue & West 10th Street). People tell their stories or just share experiences. Everyone gets a turn. Any of us who are interested are welcome. We learned this while delivering the bag lunches the soup kitchen provides for the Tuesday meeting. Eve, one of the leaders of the group was at Judson that day.
- On Thursdays at lunchtime Resistance! Calls & Cards group from 12:30-2:00 pm at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah; one of their members brings information about 3 or 4 current issues on which one can contact elected representatives, but people are also welcome to focus on whatever issue they find most pressing. We have the postcards, the phone numbers & addresses for elected officials, and we provide pizza and coffee/tea and moral support! There’s more info can be found at: https://cbst.org/content/resistance-%E2%80%93-calls-cards.
- Additionally, CBST will soon partner with the New Sanctuary Coalition, and will soon begin hosting a satellite clinic to give their work more space. They will be announcing more information about this soon, but in May, we’ll be looking for volunteers to work with asylum seekers on Wednesday nights at CBST – helping them fill out their application for asylum and tell their story, with help from lawyers who will be making sure that forms are filled out correctly. I’ll be able to send an invitation to the trainings for that soon.