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The tragedies of death in the Mediterranean and along the USA/Mexico border are prominent examples of how man-made boundaries are turned into places of death. Still, members of the human family will always seek to cross these borders when fleeing from persecution, seeking safety, and searching for a better future. Migration is as old as humankind itself and a fundamental human right --- as is the right to resist those regimes and actors which control or prevent migration.

In recent years, we have witnessed increasing militarization of the western border regimes, an expansion of migration control, and the externalization of European and US borders to the Asian, African and Latin American continents. Also, we see an increased public presence of immigrant-led and civil society groups raising attention and demanding action to stop the brutal, racist, and xenophobic practices and policies of border regimes. Faith-based communities in North America and Europe have used their power and privilege to support people on the run, during asylum procedures, and against deportation. Yet, only few provide sanctuary as a necessary tool in the toolbox of resources for justice and dignity confronting border regimes.

In our webinar series, we seek to explore different perspectives on these issues and realities, and learn from each other’s struggles. We will raise and discuss the following questions:

1) How do people manage to be safe despite the violence of global migration regimes? 2) What can faith communities learn from immigrant-led struggles and activism against border regimes? 3) How can we not reproduce inequalities while trying to overcome the racist division that nurtures those border regimes?
4) Who is saving whom from whom?


Stay tuned for information and an invitation to PART 4, which is participatory meeting !!!

Jun 14, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ravi Ragbir
Activist @New Sanctuary Coalition
Ravi Ragbir is a community activist with the New Sanctuary Coalition NY (NSC), a multi-faith immigrant-led organization that creates support systems for and empowers those navigating the immigration system. NSC’s grassroots programs are designed to shine a light on and disrupt the systems that criminalize immigrants’ existence. Core programs include the pro se immigration clinic, accompaniment, anti-detention, and community organizing and advocacy.
Adam Bahar
Activist @Glokal e.V
Adam Bahar was part of a group of refugees who occupied Oranienplatz square in Berlin from 2012 to 2014 and later became a “guest” in sanctuary in a Berlin church. He has been an activist advocating for refugee rights for years. Adam is currently working with Glokal e.V., an organization for political education from an anti-racist and post-colonial approach.
Rev. Anne Dunlap
Faith Organizing Coordinator @Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Rev. Anne Dunlap is the Faith Organizing Coordinator for Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. Anne co-founded the Denver CO sanctuary coalition, and was brought into justice work through the sanctuary movement in the U.S. in the 1980s.