Please join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and CMSM, and people of faith across the country who will engage in constant prayer, fasting and expansive action for 40 days when Congress returns from recess, starting on September 9th and lasting until October 18th. We will pray and fast for a change of hearts and attitudes that our communities will grow to be more welcoming. We will pray and fast for moral courage of our elected leaders that they might enact immigration reform that attends to the urgent and human needs of all people by creating a path to citizenship and prioritizing family unity. We will pray and fast for our faith communities that we might rise to the challenge of prophetic witness and action in advocating for, preparing our communities for, and implementing immigration reform.
CMSM also encourages us to consider participating in non-cooperation and civil disobedience. Fasting, prayer, and advocacy in solidarity with immigrants is a way of cooperating in God’s love and withdrawing cooperation from those things in our society that draw us away from compassion and justice with those in urgent need. Your journey may compel you to ask, “What are the sources of power that are benefiting from and upholding this unjust system of immigration?” CMSM suggests that we explore divesting from the major detention center corporations: Corrections Corporation of America, GEO, and the Management Training Corporation and making a public statement about your considerations or intention. We could also explore divesting from other major corporations benefiting from de-humanizing and militarizing the border: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, General Atomics, Remington Arms, Chenega, Accenture, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, and making a public statement about our considerations and intention. Please consider the possibility of your faith leading you to non-cooperation and civil disobedience.