Philadelphia Stands United, Rejects Hate Mongering That Results In Broken Families

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Community Based Healing not Unconstitutional Rollbacks

By the Philadelphia Family Unity Network

The recent killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by Francisco Sanchez is a terrible and senseless tragedy. The pain her family must be experiencing is unimaginable, and they should be afforded the respect and decency of mourning in their own chosen way.

As a coalition of organizations with over a decade of experience working with survivors of violence, we had no intention of inserting our voices into such a heartbreaking and private moment. After repeated requests from the press and local politicians who have been misinformed by those who choose to exploit this moment for political gain, we felt the need to briefly address some misconceptions.

The Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) is a coalition that worked with the Mayor’s administration and local advocates to successfully end all Philadelphia Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds in April 2014. We are immigrant community leaders and young people, documented and undocumented, allies, grassroots immigrant organizations, advocates for the needs of victims and witnesses to crimes, people of faith, leaders focused on the intersection between incarceration and deportation, and policy advocates.

We hold a community-based vision of safety, healing, and justice. We are called by a shared belief that our community’s healing comes from addressing root causes of violence, that we need to end the criminalization of our communities and that all people, regardless of immigration status or criminal conviction should remain with their chosen communities. While we hold people accountable to their actions and crimes, we recognize that violence stems from trauma, from poverty caused by devastating economic policies, war, forced migration, systematically segregated and underfunded communities and racist immigration policies and a criminal justice system that separates and destroy families and communities.

Secure Communities and the ICE holds program are failed policies. ICE holds have been repeatedly found to be unconstitutional, and to be a driving force behind the breakdown in trust between immigrant residents and local government. Communities organized to fight these policies across the country, and they succeeded. To go back and repeat these destructive policies only opens up possibilities for more abuses against our communities while avoiding the deeper causes of violence, as well as leaving our city vulnerable to lawsuits for violations of people’s rights. We need policies that reflect our values as a society, that honor our community’s dignity, that respects the diversity of our lives and are grounded in the belief of redemption.

 

The tragedy of Kathryn Steinle’s death should not be manipulated by those who see this as an opportunity to push a political agenda. Creating safer communities is a goal shared across the divisions some seek to exploit. PFUN will continue to push for meaningful reform and dialogue toward this end.

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The Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) is a grassroots coalition that ended all ICE holds in Philadelphia in April 2014. PFUN is 1 Love Movement, Juntos, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia.

 

Juntos Is Moving To A New Location!

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Juntos is moving! 

After 10 years, a small office and a basement later, we are moving to our very own space. Located on 6th and Tasker, we are expanding to a larger office to accommodate the growth the organization has experienced in the last few years.

We look forward to continue to provide the community a space for leadership development and activism, to build campaigns that fight for our community’s dignity and freedom, to host cultural and educational workshops for our young people, our LGBTQ committee art project, and foster a safe space for our women’s committee and win the fight against detention and deportation.
In the historic step in expansion we want to thank all the community and allies who have made this happen. We can’t do it without you! Please take a moment to consider financially supporting the organization to ensure this work lasts for years to come.
And come visit us at our new address, 1537 S. 6th Street in Philadelphia. We appreciate your continued support and hope that you will come out to see us in our new location!

Liberation Concert at Berks Detention Center

Featuring Olmeca, Son Revoltura, Son Cosita Seria, Francisco Benito and Las Zumbatistas!
Saturday, July 11th
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
1040 Berks Rd. Leesport PA 

As part of a national week of action to end family detention, on Saturday, July 11th Juntos will be hosting a concert at the Berks Family Detention Center.

 

Some families have been held for over a year under harsh conditions including, abuse from guards and inadequate medical care. With the Liberation Concert community and allies can show our support for the families and make it clear to ICE, now is the time to Shut Berks Down!

 

Join local and national groups for this concert with music from Olmeca, Son Revoltura, Son Cosita Seria, Francisco Benito, and Las Zumbatistas.

 

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