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Protesting Immigration Policy

Eighty-five year old Rabbi Arthur Waskow, a longtime political activist, was arrested last week while protesting outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Philadelphia. Waskow made a speech that was posted on Twitter before he was arrested. ”We understand that by the local law what we are doing violates that and we see it is the freest thing we can do is to submit to arrest at this moment,” he said. ”Criminals are living in the White House who would tear away even nursing children from their mother’s breasts.”  He went on to say that “we implore you as citizens to be aware of the criminals that are wrecking the decent lives of decent families. If you need to arrest us so be it, but remember who the real criminals are.”  According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Waskow has protested for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, as well as the war in Iraq. He has written 24 books, and also founded and directs The Shalom Center.
(Photo: Rabbi Arthur Waskow, at a 1963 "walk-in" protest in Baltimore, Maryland. It was his first of many arrests for civil protest. Photo: Courtesy of Arthur Waskow.)
(Photo: Rabbi Arthur Waskow, at a 1963 “walk-in” protest in Baltimore, Maryland. It was his first of many arrests for civil protest. Photo: Courtesy of Arthur Waskow.)
Elsewhere, in major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers across the country gathered Saturday, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. As noted by The Associated Press on July 1, protesters flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming. They gathered on the front lawn of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where migrant children were being held in cages, and on a street corner near Trump’s golf resort at Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Trump spent the weekend.
Staff at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) have compiled the following list of organizations that are working on immigration and family separation:
     * HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
     * The Florence Project – free legal and social services to detained adults and unaccompanied
        children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona
     * Al Otro Lada

See also: Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, Advocacy/Advocacy Toolkit on the Family Separation Crisis.

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