New Sanctuary Network | Tulsa

Supporting Persons Without Documents and Fighting Wholesale Deportation

Next Up for the Network

As an emerging organization, we're working hard to define our place in the resistance against wholesale deportation. Next up is an effort to enlist local houses of worship in the public sheltering of persons without documents. We are working with local attorneys and agencies to identify appropriate candidates. If your faith community would like to be involved, please contact Linda Allegro immediately. In the meantime, we continue to protest each week at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, calling out the names of those who have been swept into the deportation system because of home-and-workplace raids or piddling traffic offenses. Beginning January 22, our protests will move to Monday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.

Today's Protest at David L. Moss Correction Center

Our protest this afternoon was a warm-up for things to come. We asked that Rapid Response Teams 1 and 2 lead the way, and twenty protesters joined the action. The turnout was sufficiently robust to suggest future success. Rev. Prose led off with a call to action and we proclaimed the names of all who have been detained under ICE auspices in the last several days. We are asking Rapid Response Teams 3 and 4 to take the lead next Friday, May 2  at noon so that we continue to build out our efforts and gain strength and experience.

All are invited to attend, including those who came this afternoon, along with Rapid Response Teams 5 and 6 (who have not yet been officially called). If you plan to join us, please convene at the front entrance of the Brady Theater at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. We'll distribute T-shirts and bull horns, and take the short walk to the front of the jail. Please help us grow our protests.

All Eyes on the Budget

Quite remarkably, the Administration has written a new standard targeting persons without documents in its proposed budget. A section that has attracted much attention requires local law enforcement to report and detain at a much higher level of restrictiveness. Read here for details.

Approaches to Sanctuary

Models for the Sanctuary movement are proliferating, and we wanted to fold this development into the mix, first reported by CNN earlier this year. It describes the use of private homes as hiding places for potential deportees. This approach may be especially useful since the barrier to entry is much higher for an ICE raid than it would be in many other places, and the existence of such sanctuary homes are easier to conceal.

For a general overview of Sanctuary churches, please tune in to 60 Minutes tonight. Our thanks to New Sanctuary Network | Tulsa supporter Kathy Rossman for bringing this to our attention.

New Patterns of Ice Enforcement

The situation in Tulsa remains unpredictable, but ICE has begun to act in especially egregious ways in other parts of the country. The Florida Sun Sentinel reports that persons without documents are now increasingly vulnerable at home and, especially, when they report for ICE check-ins. You can link to the article here.

Second Organizational Meeting Tonight

Join us at The Synagogue (Congregation B'nai Emunah) tonight for an hour-long orientation meeting for new supporters. We'll run through the basics and send you forth to activism. The starting time is 7:00 p.m. and no reservations are necessary.

Thanks to Our Supporters

Tonight's vigil was an auspicious beginning to our life as an organization. We partnered with Cosecha ("Harvest") in a way that brought honor to both of us. And we faced our responsibilities in a peaceful and civil way. Eighty members of the community came out in support, and we succeeded in enfolding families who had relatives in detention at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center. Despite the fact that we must confront the staff of the jail, we did so respectfully and received respect in return. If nothing else, the event pointed in the direction of deeper dialogue and potentially fruitful conversation.

New Director

New Sanctuary Network | Tulsa is delighted to announce that Linda Allegro has accepted the position of Project Director. Linda is a bi-lingual academic on the faculty of TCC, with strong commitments to immigration reform and superb organizational skills. Her academic specialty is transnational migration, and we look forward to many gains under her leadership.

Downtown Vigil on May 1

New Sanctuary Network | Tulsa supports the May 1 vigil honoring "A Day with Immigrants." Together with Cosecha, a group of young Latin(x) activists, we will gather to stand with undocumented persons and speak words of challenge and moral commitment. The event will take place at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center on Third and Denver. Starting time: 7:00 p.m.