IMMIGRATION VIGIL Sat. Sept. 3rd- Northern California

Immigration Vigil Sat. Sept 3rd.
11 am- 12 noon West County Detention Facility 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond
Tell Congress: #NoMoreDiapersinDetention
Tell Sacramento:  #DignityNotDetention – Pass SB 1289
Join us for our monthly vigil at West County Detention Facility to pray, advocate, and stand in solidarity with the incarcerated immigrant in the Bay Area.
This month’s vigil will be led by participants in Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity’s Latino Leadership Retreat participants:  Fe’ y Justicia.  We will lift up testimonies of children, youth and families held in detention.

Dignity Not Detention Act SB 1289 Passes in Assembly

On Tuesday, August 18th, the California State Assembly passed SB 1289, also known as the Dignity Not Detention Act, ending the use of private immigration detention facilities.  This announcement comes just after The Department of Justice announced the phase out of the use of private of prisons.

Sponsored by Senator Lara (D- Bell Gardens,) the Dignity not Detention Act would prohibit modifying any existing contract to extend it’s length, renewing an existing contract, or entering a new contract with private corporations contractor, or vendor to detain immigrants in civil immigration proceedings for profit. This bill would also require all immigrant detention centers in California to follow federal guidelines for operation as currently, there are no federal guidelines.

The Act passed Assembly in a vote 49-28 and it will now return to the Senate. If passed in the Senate, the Act would require approval of Gov. Jerry Brown.

This Act is extremely important as many detention facilities are terribly mismanaged, resulting in constant human rights violations. Aside from being poorly managed most private facilities profit from the number of inmates housed through the use of bed quotas. Bed quotas require facilities to maintain 34,000 spaces for immigrant detention daily. This quota incentivizes the amount of detainees that are housed at facilities.

While this Act will not end detention or immigrant deportation it will end the incentive to increase the numbers of individuals housed.  We all hope that this bill will push authorities to evaluate and consider alternatives to detaining those awaiting deportation.


Our Unique Method

The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity has a unique model which combines faith-based organizing, arts and cultural work, and strategic campaigns to help take down the barriers between neighbors, to connect immigrant and U.S.- born Californians to a global perspective on human rights. We mobilize inter-religious communities for concrete social change campaigns, including immigrant rights and integration, economic justice, health care/community wellness and leadership formation.

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity is rooted in the foundation and inspiration of faith and spiritual traditions working for justice. We are strengthened by uniting people of diverse religious traditions to uphold the sacredness of the human person and to achieve transformative social justice.  We work to change hearts and minds; attitudes and behavior through new narratives and images that uphold dignity, fairness and human integrity and result in a more just and fair society. We do this through (1) faith-rooted grassroots organizing, (2) advocacy, (3) coalition building, (4) strategic communications, and (5) leadership development that is faith rooted and incorporates arts, culture and human rights.

  • We organize, convene and lead truly interfaith/inter-religious campaigns, actions, and events
  • We fill important gaps within key issue work.  For example, within the immigration context, we have been more nimble than other groups; we bring the interfaith voices, we have identified important gaps that no other groups are addressing such as the need for migrant “hospitality housing” and deep work with unaccompanied minors. We not only work toward just policy changes but also we offer direct help
  • We work at the intersection of faith and spirituality; we help people/faith institutions operationalize their faith to advance and achieve justice
  • We strive to be intentionally inter-generational and deeply engage youth
  • We are flexible and often can respond more quickly than larger organizations
  • We strive to be intentionally a “bridge” between immigrant and and nonimmigrant communities and among immigrant communities.  We advocate together and not just for others. Our method is “accompaniment”
  • We are very collaborative. We intentionally seek to work in collaboration with others
  • We both convene and join and support movement building
  • We work to build and strengthen community as well as leadership. We “give voice”
  • We strive to engage in courageous conversations, find common ground and remain open to different opinions when coming from a place of respect and common/shared values
  • We seek to and do work with the most disenfranchised and struggling people/communities
  • We incorporate health & wellness (personal & community-wide) as a source of empowerment
  • We are intentional in incorporating arts, culture and popular education in all aspects of our work.

Our Approach
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity uses four approaches to address the root causes of migration and economic inequality.  Through community organizing: civic engagement and public witness, we build confidence and power among people who have been rendered voiceless and disenfranchised from the political process. Through leadership development, we incorporate popular education, arts and culture, and healthy practices to support and strengthen leadership formation and capacity building among the most disenfranchised as well as inter-religious allies. Through strategic communication, we lift up the authentic voices of those left at the margins and seek to open hearts and minds toward solution that afford all person the tools and equal opportunities to live full and healthy lives. And through coalition building, we increase our collective impact to achieve transformative social change.