Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist Women Cry Out: Stop Tearing Families Apart

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June 27, 2018

 

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Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist Women Cry Out: Stop Tearing Families Apart

 

Ohio Women of faith to hold rally and prayer vigil in front of First Congregational Church

 

Columbus, OH --  On Wednesday, June 27th, over 85 Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist women of faith gathered at the First Congregational Church to pray and to tell the Trump administration to halt its brutal “zero tolerance” policy, which wrongly treats people fleeing violence and poverty as criminals and incarcerates entire families. Despite the President’s recent Executive Order, families are still in jeopardy and thousands of children remain separated from their parents.

Over 500 Ohio women of faith have signed an open letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen demanding a complete stop to the recently publicized practice of Customs and Border Protection officers ripping children out of their parents’ arms and holding them in detention centers. These faith leaders are also demanding that the families be immediately reunited.

To view the livestream video, click here.

Rev. Emily Corzine, First Congregational Church:

“As a Christian minister and a mother, I stand before you today to say that families belong in communities, not in cages. The faith tradition that I represent upholds the dignity of all humanity and champions the image of God in every person. Criminalizing families who seek asylum in this country is wrong. Family separation is not a value of this country. This policy of family separation from the government of the United States of America is unacceptable and immoral and as a woman of faith, I call upon our government to end it now.”

Ernestine Jackson, Interfaith Association of Central Ohio:

“As a Buddhist, we are encouraged to maintain compassion for all and contribute to a peaceful world. I pray for their happiness and resolution of the situation that separates families. And, although a federal judge has ordered the government to reunite children and parents separated at the border within 15 to 30 days, the situation will not be resolved until every child is back in the arms of a loved one. As a mother, as a grandmother, I can only imagine the anguish being experienced.”

Rabbi Sharon Mars, Temple Israel:

“The United States has long been the beacon of hope and security for so many parents who cling to the simple dream that their children can, in the words of the prophet Micah, ‘sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.’ We call on our publicly elected officials to do the right thing by demanding better policies to allow our sisters and brothers at the border to sit under their own vine and fig tree, so that no one is afraid.”

Jacqueline Kifuko, Community Refugee and Immigration Services:

“Growing up in Uganda, we always thought of America as the only country that respected and upheld human rights. In fact it was the only country we looked up to to set our political and human rights standard. This is no longer the America I know. I urge our members of Congress to protect family unity and to reunite families.”

 

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