185+ FAITH LEADERS ACROSS NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CITY CALL FOR AN END TO THE HUDSON COUNTY CONTRACT WITH ICE

185+ FAITH LEADERS ACROSS NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CITY CALL FOR AN END TO THE HUDSON COUNTY CONTRACT WITH ICE
 
Hudson County, N.J.: Faith in New Jersey and Faith in New York releases a letter from 185+ faith leaders and clergy calling for Hudson County Commissioners to vote “NO” on continuing the county’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following testimony at Hudson County Commissioners meeting. Faith in New Jersey and Faith in New York leaders completed an unprecedented immigrant-led listening campaign of immigrant communities as part of our national LA RED campaign which released a participatory action research study of 13 states as well as the District of Columbia; Our Stories, Our Futures . We found an immense level of trauma, fear, and racism impacting immigrant communities as well as a desire to create a beloved community with a key focus on freedom of movement and freedom from ICE. If Hudson County honors it’s previous desire to end the contract immigrant communities will begin to get a little closer to the Beloved Community.
 
 

November 24, 2020,

Dear Hudson County Commissioners,

As faith leaders from multiple denominations across New Jersey and New York, we are united under a core belief of support and togetherness. We understand the words of the Hebrew Bible that remind  us not to stand idly by while our neighbor bleeds.  If we take this to heart, how much the more so must we condemn the practice of profiting off of that pain?

We call upon you, our appointed lawmakers, to devote your platform to one of radical change: one that begins to end the commodification of primarily Black and Brown bodies by ending the county’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We ask that you no longer be complacent in the trauma, fear, and racism that this contract aids ICE in inflicting upon immigrant communities. We ask that you no longer force your constituents to benefit from the suffering of their neighbors.

As representatives of our community, we know the people of Hudson County to be people of faith and sound conscience. A decision to renew the contract is not reflective of the community you serve. We want to be a beacon of hope that seeks to redeem this nation from the great harm it has been done for the sake of profit and white supremacy.

We remind you that our various faith traditions call us to love thy neighbor and to ensure the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We believe this can be done through a responsible end to the contract determined in collaboration with stakeholders and advocates that includes connecting detainees to community organizations and legal services so they may seek release and/or prepare legal defenses.

We may or may not agree with the national policies that have led to this unjust incarceration.  However, we can agree that Hudson County should not become the Federal government’s warehouse for those it wishes to keep out of the public eye. We do a disservice not only to those who live in Hudson County, whose hands are stained with this blood or are even those imprisoned in these subhuman conditions, but also to our fellow New Jerseyans and New Yorkers, as we allow them to avert their eyes from this challenge to building a just society, that is fair to all.  Return these parents to their children, spouses to their husbands or wives, human beings to their freedom – their incarceration is a burden unworthy of our county, and not worth the payoff, at any price.

We implore you to vote against extending this contract. Instead we ask that you embrace building the Beloved Community; one of hope, opportunity, justice, and love.

Ms.

Charlene

Walker

Faith in New Jersey, Executive Director

Rahway

Ms.

Crystal

Walthall

Faith in New York, Executive Director

Bronx

Mr.

Selaedin

Maksut

CAIR-NJ, Executive Director

South Plainfield

The Rev.

Thomas

Murphy

The Church of St. Paul & Incarnation (Episcopal)

Jersey City

The Rev.

S. Elizabeth

Searle

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

Secaucus

Rev

Laurie

Wurm

Grace Church Van Vorst

Grace Church Van Vorst

Rev.

Elaine

Thomas

All Saints Episcopal Parish

Hoboken

Pastor

Kevin

Dickerson

Cool JC

New York

Rev

Jose C.

Lopez

Latino Ministers of New Jersey For Justice

Jersey City

Rev

Claudio M

Burgaleta, SJ

St Peter’s Jesuit Community

St Peter’s Jesuit Community

Minister

Vivian

Tavera

Ministerio El Sol Sale Para Todos Int’l

West New York

Rev

Candido

Perez

La Gloría

Union City

The Rev.

William

Riley

Saint’s Catherine & Sandra United Liberal Catholic Church International

Jersey City

Bishop

Raymond

Rivera

Latino Pastoral Action Center

Bronx, New York

Rev

Francis

Schiller

St Patrick, jersey city

Jersey city

Rev.

Eugene

Squeo

Parish of Saint Patrick & Assumption/All Saints (ret.)

Jersey City

Rev.

Lyssette

Perez

Oasis United Methodist Church

Pleasantville

Rev. Dr.

Willie

Francois

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Pleasantville

Rev.

Brady

Funn III

St. John A.M.E Church

New York

Sister

Deborah

Hughes

Sisters of St. Joseph

Philadelphia

Reverend

Michael

Yi

Metro Community Church

Englewood

The Rev.

Hogil Hilary

Won

All Saints Episcopal Korean Church

Bergenfield

Rev.

Annie

Allen

Rutherford Congregational Church

Vernon

Rev.

Gary

LeCroy

St. Matthew Trinity

Hoboken

Sister

Joan

Sullivan

Sister

Teaneck

Rev.

Preston

Thompson

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Englewood

Rabbi

Lindsey

Healey-Pollack

Independent

Englewood

Rev

Geralda

Aldajuste

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Faith in New Jersey Board Member

Willingboro

Sister

Verónica

Roche

Sisters of St. Joseph

Maple Shade

Deacon

Tom

Jennings

Sacred Heart Parish, Camden, NJ

Pennsauken

Rev

Pedro

Guzman

St Andrews episcopal

Camden

Mrs .

Judy

Kushner

Christ Our Light Catholic Church

Cherry Hill

Rev Dr

Patrick

Close

Christ Chu

Cherry Hill, NJ

Bishop

Gus

Swain jr

New Life Church

Pennsauken

Imam

Faheem

Lea

The Quba School and Islamic Center

Camden

Sister

Bernadette

McMenamin

Sisters of Saint Joseph

Camden

Rev. Dr.

Kenneth

Hallahan

Saint Joachim

Saint Joachim

Sister

Rosemary

Golden

Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill

Philadelphia

Prophet

Vanessa

Jordan

ASEM

Global

Sister

Connie

Trainor

Sisters of Saint Joseph

Marmora

Sr.

Mary Ann

Mulzet

Sisters of St. Joseph

Cape May Point

Rev.

Albert

Morgan

Union Baptist Temple

Union Baptist Temple

Evangelist

Tracey

Wells- Huggins

Union Baptist Temple

Bridgeton

Rev.

Joel

Camarillo

Divine Mercy Parish

Vineland

The Rev.

J. Brent

Bates

Grace Church in Newark

Newark

Rabbi

David

Vaisberg

Temple B’nai Abraham

Temple B’nai Abraham

Sister

Kay

Coll

Sisters of St. Joseph

Newark

Rev.

Sylvester

Ekunwe

St. Andrew’s Episcopal church

Newark

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