Jewish activists to protest detention center practices in Kankakee
Jewish and immigrant justice orgs. gather at Kankakee detention center to protest the desolation at our southern border
Activists hold a vigil tying immigration crisis to the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of ancient Jerusalem.
WHAT: A coalition of Jewish and immigrant justice organizations holds a vigil (“How Desolate Lie Our Borders”) to acknowledge the immense human tragedy unfolding at our southern border, through the lens and rituals of Tisha B’Av, the Jewish fast day of brokenness and loss symbolized by the destruction of ancient Jerusalem. We expect 100 members of the Jewish community, many in ritual attire, reciting poetry, song and prayer, as well as testimony from individuals working to stop this travesty. This is one of more than 50 Tisha B’Av events planned across the United States, where Jews are acting in solidarity with immigrant communities outside detention centers and ICE offices. The event will also shine a light on the work Connect Kankakee is undertaking to prevent a proposed expansion of the Jerome Combs Detention Center.
WHEN: Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 PM
WHERE: Jerome Combs Detention Center, 3050 S. Justice Way, Kankakee, IL
WHY: We connect the desolation of our current immigration crisis to the destruction of ancient Jerusalem, as we mourn the brokenness of a nation that hunts down, detains and deports immigrants, separates families, cages children and turns away asylum seekers. The Jewish community will not turn its back on refugees arriving in our country and our immigrant neighbors already here. Organizer Rabbi Suzanne Griffel: “On Tisha B’Av, Jews mourn the destruction of the temples in ancient Jerusalem – a tragedy that sent us into exile for 2,000 years. Throughout our history, Jews have sought out homes where we could escape violence and persecution. We see ourselves in the stories and struggles of thousands of immigrants today, many of whom have fled their home countries because the living conditions were intolerable. It’s imperative that we connect our history and experience to the current immigration crisis, and that we stand with immigrant communities in Illinois and across the United States.”
WHO: This event is sponsored by Jewish and immigrant justice organizations: Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, T’ruah – Chicago, Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, Connect Kankakee, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, RAC-IL, #IfNotNow – Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago, J Street – Chicago, HIAS Immigration & Citizenship/JCFS Chicago, Avodah – Chicago, Bend the Arc – Champaign Urbana, National Council of Jewish Women
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/379402412769298/
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