From Wind of the Spirit:
NO HATE, NO FEAR RALLY:
To Make Morristown, NJ A Fair and Welcoming Community
March 18th, 2017- 2pm- Morristown, NJ
“We may all have come on different ships, but we are on the same boat now” -MLK
On March 18th, 2017 at 2 pm, Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center (WotS) is hosting the No Hate, No Fear: Immigrants and Refugees Are Welcome Here! rally and march to make Morristown, NJ a Fair and Welcoming Community.
The rally will begin at St. Margaret’s Church: 6 Sussex Ave., Morristown, with music by Shannon Songbird Gibbons of Morristown and the New Orleans Jazz Ensemble, Bon Temps. Local clergy will offer prayers.
The march will start with a call to democracy; Wind of the Spirit activists will sound the conch. Members of vulnerable communities will lead the march down Speedwell Avenue towards the Green, around the Green and on to Morristown Town Hall (200 South St.).
The March will conclude with testimonies from survivors of hate crimes and hate speech at the St. Margaret’s Church.
“This march is the result of a movement that has been building momentum for years. Surrounding cities are taking a stand in support of Sanctuary Cities and this march will be the loud call necessary to show that Morristown stands in support of immigrants and refugees. Morristown officials will see that the community is in support of making our town a Fair & Welcoming Community,” said Claudia Pinzon, of Wind of the Spirit.
Co-sponsors of this rally and march include:
Black Lives Matter Morristown
NJ 11th For Change
The Green Party of Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties
Action Together NJ
Islamic Center of Morris County
National Lawyers Guild – NJ Chapter
Green Party of NJ
Food and Water Watch NJ
15 Now NJ
Democratic Socialists of America
Working Families NJ
Make the Road NJ
NJ Peace Action
The goals of this rally and march are to:
1. Raise awareness of the need for Fair & Welcoming Communities policies in NJ generally, Morris County specifically, and Morristown directly;
2. Organize and mobilize NJ residents to pass this policy packet in their respective towns and counties, and
3. Open a safe space for community and healing in response to hate speech, hate crimes, and anti-immigrant/racist/ homophobic/anti-Islamic/Anti- Semitic sentiments.
What is a Fair and Welcoming Community?
· A community with strong anti-discrimination policies and privacy protections for ALL vulnerable communities, including People of Color, those that identify as LGBTQIA, people with disabilities both visible and invisible, and immigrants, to name just a few.
· A community where services are available to all, regardless of immigration status, gender, race, religion, or other characteristics.
· A community where local law enforcement serves and protects the community and does not use local funds to enforce federal immigration law.
This rally will beat to the tune of human rights and sing the song of a diversity that made the United States the beautiful & culturally brilliant country it is today.
“As a refugee from Vietnam, I came to the US when I was 7. The trauma of leaving my country, my home, even though it was a worn-torn country, was long-lasting. Even though my uncles were imprisoned in Vietnam for their efforts to help the Americans during the war and our family was targeted, I still wanted to go back to Vietnam. Nothing about leaving your country and going to a new country is ever easy. I am marching for all the children who had to leave their homes to make a new one in a strange land.” —Uyen Khuong, of Action Together NJ.
“The present threat is great enough, and the times tumultuous enough, that we can no longer sit back. No matter your skin tone or age; your language or who you voted for; sexual preference or gender; your belief in Santa Claus or your daily diet. It is time to unite as a COMMUNITY in defense of the most vulnerable among us. There is no more urgent time than now.” — Megan Wolf, of Black Lives Matter, Morristown.