By Renee Wolters
With the changing landscape at the Artesia Detention Center, as concerned members of the community, we too need to change our strategies and our focus. We’ve been soliciting donations in kind (clothing, food, etc.), and the response has been overwhelming – many many thanks! At this moment, we will no longer be accepting these donations until further notice. ICE continually changes its practices, which adds to the mix of what we can do. At this point, the most important thing needed is to help fund attorneys who can process asylum claims in order to have women and children released, rather than deported. Due to pro-bono efforts, over 200 mothers and their children have been released from the center to join their family members in the US. Their families have paid their bond and bus tickets.
Since June (or, for the last 5 months) American Immigration Lawyers Association has been providing pro-bono legal assistance in Artesia to file asylum cases for detained women and children. Donate online at www.aila.org.
Allegra Love, a Santa Fe attorney deeply involved with work in Artesia, has set up a site to donate online for legal services: www.youcaring.com/other/support-children-in-immigration-detention/220516
You can also write a check to NMCC (New Mexico Conference of Churches) with NMFCIJ-Artesia in the memo line and mail to: NMFCIJ, P.O. Box 40679, ABQ, NM 87196.
Finally, donations to Somos un Pueblo Unido go to support grassroots help by individuals in the community who have been assisting released people when possible. Send checks to: 1717 W. 2nd St. Ste. 203, Roswell, NM 88201.
New Mexico is for Immigrant Justice
The NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice will be taking a delegation to El Paso and Juarez on November 13-16. We invite anyone interested in learning face to face about issues regarding immigration. We will meet with immigrants, both documented and undocumented, Border Patrol agents, an immigration attorney, visit colonias where immigrants often find housing, and several projects in Juarez such as a medical clinic, an immigrant shelter and related agencies. We are invited to attend the Sunday services of Cristo Rey, giving us another opportunity to share in the life experience of the people.
We will be housed in the church. Although the Faith Coalition covers most of the cost, we still need help. The cost of the immersion is $240, but we don’t want to turn anyone away and will make partial or full scholarships available.
We are going to start a new Non-Violent Communication study group at the Peace Center in October. We use Marshall Rosenberg's book, Non-Violent Communication, as our text. Most of our Coordinating Council members have participated as well as our coordinator, and we are reaching out to our volunteers and members. Anyone is invited to attend.
Please contact Suzanne Ziglar at 255-4074 for more info and to sign up.
Please join us for a Peace Walk for the Mosque
Thursday, Oct. 30th at 5:30pm
Walk from the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard SE, 87106, to the Islamic Center of New Mexico, 1100 Yale SE, 87106. We will walk two blocks west on Silver, then take Yale to the ICNM. The walk is just under one mile long, and should take about 15 minutes.
Please bring a candle, flowers and/or messages of support. This is a family-friendly walk, so please bring your children! This is a teaching moment, as we respond to last Thursday's molotov cocktail hate crime with a gesture of good will, love and concern for our Muslim sisters and brothers in our community.
Chris Adams, Public Relations Director at the ICNM, has messaged Sue that the ICNM board welcomes our Peace Walk and that he would try to make sure that Imam Shafi is there and he said: "They (board members)want to have a reception prepared for the guests with food (or at least snacks) and drinks in the general-purpose (mixed gender) meeting room. I'll give you more details about that soon. "
We will present our statement of support to the imam there.
Please walk with us if you can, and please help spread the word.
-Sally and Sue (505-702-4203)
Susan Schuurman, Coordinator
Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice
202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Join this community event coinciding with the People’s Climate March and the UN Climate Meeting in New York. This is a 1.5 mile walking pilgrimage to various downtown ABQ locations for short creative presentations making connections between climate change and immigration, refugees, health, food, water, national and international security, children, etc. Organized by a diverse coalition including human services, faith communities and environmental groups, all are welcome.
Convene at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper Ave NW at 9am to register, get organized and start the march. The route is all downtown, planned as a 90 minute march/pilgrimage with about 7 stops. Various folks are contacting groups to set up events at the stops. We do need musicians and artistic folks to join us to make it lively.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9-11am
If anyone can help with this, please contact
The Peace Center Celebrates UN International Day of Peace.
Everyone is invited to participate!
Activities will take place at the Center from 11am-5pm.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
- 11-noon: ABQ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (AUUF) resident musicologist Jane Ellen speaks on activist music of the '60s at the Peace Center.
- 1-3pm: ―Moving from Separateness to Unity‖ presentation and discussion led by Trish Herron in the Peace Hall, and Banner Painting led by Bob Allen in the parking lot.
- 3-5pm: Music and dancing in parking lot. Please join us as we visualize a peaceful world and as we promote peace in Albuquerque.
People who traveled on the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice tour to El
Paso/Juarez in April will tell about experiences meeting with the Border Patrol, immigrants
and deportees at the Wall and their interviews with people who serve them, including a
doctor, a lawyer, small library staff, volunteers at Annunciation House and others. (See page
5 for Lily Hansen’s personal reflections about her immersion experience.)
We want to take more people on tours to witness the border, become involved and inform
others about the horrendous conditions on our Southern Border. Come and help work at the
local, state and national levels to change this intolerable situation- the most important civil
rights issue in American today. If you wish, bring clothes or money to send to children
attempting to cross the border into the U.S. We need to work together to help protect the children arriving in the U.S. and to respond to their basic needs. Border immersion experiences help us to understand the root causes that compel children to flee their homes and come to the U.S.
Please join us Thursday, Aug. 21, 6-8pm at the Peace and Justice Center to learn more and lend a hand to help us in reaching out to these children. Refreshments will be served, contact Joanne Calkins 268-1733 or Mary Beth Howe (816) 516-1246 for info.
Thursday, Aug. 21
Peace and Justice Center
The caravanistas will be in Albuquerque for one night. Hear presentations by Pastors for Peace Caravanistas
and local people who have been to Cuba.
Potluck Dinner for Cuba
Sponsored by the Peace Center, Veterans for Peace, and other groups.
Wednesday, July 16, 5:30pm
For more info, please call
The news media paints a confusing picture of recent events in Palestine/Israel, about the tragic kidnapping of three Israeli teens, and the subsequent military crack down, killing and arrests by the Israeli on the Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza, and revenge kidnapping by unidentified Israelis. This forum seeks to get behind the confusing headlines to understand what has taken place and the terrible human and political impact it is having on the Palestinian population.
Deconstructing the Current Events in Palestine/Israel
Jewish Voice for Peace-ABQ,
Students for Justice in Palestine, and
Friends of Sabeel, Albuquerque
Tuesday, July 15, 7 - 8:30 PM
Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center