Thursday, July 22, 2010

Comunidad To Launch Emergency Fund Aug. 1

Greetings, Friends of Comunidad Liberación/Liberation Community --

For several months the folks of Comunidad have been in prayer and discernment regarding what our faithful response(s) to increasing anti-immigrant sentiment in our cities, state, and nation might be, in addition to the work we are already doing.  The arrival of refugees from AZ in the MetroDenver area in the last week or so, in addition to requests for assistance with legal costs from others in our midst, prompted an urgent discussion at worship this week.

Comunidad has decided, as part of our response and our witness to the community, to establish an Emergency Fund to provide a sort of "economic sanctuary" (as Laura Folkwein put it) for our immigrant brothers and sisters who are experiencing the deepest kinds of systemic injustice and oppression.  This fund will provide cash assistance to immigrant refugees from AZ resettling in the Denver Metro area, and to immigrant folk in our communities need of help with legal costs or other emergency needs.  Again quoting Laura, "Every undocumented immigrant family should be as blessed with passionate, well networked 'documented' friends in this crazy and getting worse climate."  Or to put it biblically;

Leviticus/Levítico 19:33-34
When an immigrant resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the immigrant.  The immigrant who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the immigrant as yourself, for you were immigrants in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Cuando un/a inmigrante resida con ustedes en su tierra, no lo/la maltratarán.  El/la inmigrante que resida con ustedes os será como un/a ciudadano/a entre ustedes, y lo/la amarás como a ti mismo, porque inmigrantes fueron ustedes en la tierra de Egipto; yo soy el SEÑOR su Dios.

We will officially "launch" this fund at the Solidarity Fast protesting SB1070 on August 1st.  We will also be setting up a small group of broader community members to establish some guidelines around distributing the funds. 

To contribute, please send checks/cash to the following address:

IMPORTANT:  Make the check out to "Mayflower UCC" and put "Comunidad Emergency Fund" in the memo line.

Mail your gift to:  Mayflower UCC, 3001 S. Acoma St., Englewood, CO 80110.

Please share this email with others you think might be interested.  And deep thanks to all of you for your commitment to justice and to God's vision of the beloved community. 

Much peace,

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Rev. Anne Dunlap
Pastor, Comunidad Liberación/Liberation Community

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