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Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage 2014 : Luke Nephew’s Walking In The Struggle

Luke Nephew of The Peace Poets speaks about his work & leads a chant about “Walking In The Struggle” at Liberty State Park, across the footbridge from Ellis Island & within sight of the Statue Of Liberty, for the 5th Annual Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage For Dismantling of the Detention and Deportation Machine that Feeds the Prison Industrial Complex At Sites Across New Jersey on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

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Luke spoke about The Peace Poets’ work of education & activism in The Bronx & around the world, their video about the Stop & Frisk policy of the NYPD, victims of police brutality & police murder, discrimination & the criminalization of communities of people of color & the undocumented; his work with Witness Against Torture & their struggle to Shut Down Guantanamo; & his contribution to The Blue Lantern & “beautiful trouble” - as may be heard in the chant - to stop mass incarceration for collective liberation

This was the beginning of a day-long series of events in 4 cities in New Jersey, Including a 10-Mile March from Ellis Island to the Elizabeth Detention Center; which culminated in the 18th Annual Vigil at EDC. People from across the state representing over a dozen faith-based, community, youth, and immigrant rights groups, & families of current & former detainees (including members from Pax Christi USA New Jersey, IRATE & First Friends, PICO-NJ, American Friends Service Committee AFSC Immigrant Rights Program, Wind of the Spirit and New Jersey Advocates For Immigrant Detainees or NJAID), The Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Presiding Co-Adjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; The Most Reverend Thomas A. Donato, DD, Regional Bishop for Hudson County of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; Rev. Canon Petero Sabune; Yves Nibungco, chairperson Anakbayan USA; Ana Bonilla Martinez, organizer, Wind of the Spirit; Luke Nephew, spoken word artist and member The Peace Poets) gathered in Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City & Newark to call for the dismantling of the detention and deportation machine that is feeding the prison industrial complex.

Participants drew attention to the interconnectedness of our county’s projection of military and economic power abroad with the flow of migrants and the way in which the detention and deportation machine feeds the prison industrial complex, tearing apart families in the process. Vigils, rallies and protests including prayer, music and testimony to call attention to our country’s foreign policies that force people to migrate, were held to call for a halt to the detentions and deportations that are tearing apart families and to call for an end to prison profiteering.

Actions were held at Liberty State Park, the Hudson County Administration Bldg., St. Peter’s University’s Panepinto Plaza, St. James Church, the offices of Senators Cory Booker & Robert Menendez at One Gateway Center, the Rodino Federal Bldg., the Essex County Hall of Records, the Union County Courthouse, & EDC (a for-profit facility operated by the Corrections Corporation of America or CCA, where ICE first started incarcerating immigrants in NJ almost two decades ago).

A public statement against for-profit incarceration was made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting at the Essex County Hall of Records at 7pm. And there was also a mass held in solidarity at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Camden & a press conference with the family of a released detainee.

You can find the press release here:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/casa-esperanza/press-release-for-ash-wednesday-pilgrimageday-of-action-against-immigrant-detent/10152235270748537

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Today’s National Digital Day of Action focuses on the 2 million deportation mark under the Obama Administration, and put the pressure and blame on exactly who’s responsible for our broken immigration system: 

  • Speaker John Boehner and Rep Eric Cantor for blocking a vote for a permanent solution AND since Congress is failing to act
  • President Barack Obama who has the power to reduce deportations and stop tearing apart families

Let’s use our social media power and tell Washington to end the deportations and fix our broken immigration system.

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Luke Nephew of The Peace Poets recites his poem “Falling In SolidarityNYC”, speaking truth to power about making love political & hate unpopular, food for thought, marching for justice, hope for community, the struggle to end immigrant detention, the beauty of freedom, & the difficulties of unity, optimism about a future where the police state doesn’t bomb innocent people & war is impossible, where army recruiting facilities are shut down & human beings are incapable of being exploited as machines.

Luke spoke at #LibertyStatePark, across the footbridge from #EllisIsland & within sight of the #StatueOfLiberty, for the 5th Annual #AshWednesday #Pilgrimage For Dismantling of the #Detention and #Deportation Machine that Feeds the #Prison Industrial Complex At Sites Across New Jersey on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

This was the beginning of a day-long series of events in 4 cities in #NewJersey, including a 10-Mile March from Ellis Island to the Elizabeth Detention Center; which culminated in the 18th Annual #Vigil at #EDC. People from across the state representing over a dozen #faith-based, #community, #youth, and #immigrantrights groups, & families of current & former #detainees (including members from Pax Christi USA New Jersey Chapter or PCNJ, IRATE & First Friends, PICO-NJ, American Friends Service Committee #AFSC #Immigrant #Rights Program, Wind of the Spirit and New Jersey Advocates For Immigrant Detainees or NJAID), The Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Presiding Co-Adjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; The Most Reverend Thomas A. Donato, DD, Regional Bishop for Hudson County of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; Rev. Canon Petero Sabune; Yves Nibungco, chairperson Anakbayan USA; Ana Bonilla Martinez, organizer, Wind of the Spirit; Luke Nephew, spoken word artist and member The Peace Poets) gathered in #Camden, #Elizabeth, #JerseyCity & #Newark to call for the dismantling of the detention and deportation machine that is feeding the prison industrial complex.

Participants drew attention to the interconnectedness of our county’s projection of #military and economic power abroad with the flow of #migrants and the way in which the detention and deportation machine feeds the prison industrial complex, tearing apart families in the process. #Vigils, #rallies and #protests including prayer, music and testimony to call attention to our country’s foreign policies that force people to migrate, were held to call for a halt to the detentions and deportations that are tearing apart families and to call for an end to prison profiteering.

Actions were held at Liberty State Park, the Hudson County Administration Bldg., St. Peter’s University’s Panepinto Plaza, St. James Church, the offices of Senators Cory Booker & Robert Menendez at One Gateway Center, the Rodino Federal Bldg., the Essex County Hall of Records, the Union County Courthouse, & EDC (a for-profit facility operated by the Corrections Corporation of America or CCA, where ICE first started incarcerating immigrants in NJ almost two decades ago).

A public statement against for-profit incarceration was made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting at the Essex County Hall of Records at 7pm. And there was also a mass held in solidarity at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Camden & a press conference with the family of a released detainee.

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#Video of The Most Reverend Bernard Hebda (Presiding Co-Adjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark) presenting the Opening Prayer at the Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage from Ellis Island to the Elizabeth Detention Center (3-5-14) - a plea to God to “shower your blessings upon us; give us strength, give us vision of your plan for this world. We know that you’ve created each human life with a dignity & with a purpose; & we ask that you might help us and guide us as we strive to express solidarity with all of our brothers & sisters, so that we might be beacons of hope - the hope that we believe that you’ve intended for all of us. We ask in a very special way this day blessing for all who are participating in this march. We ask even more profoundly for your blessings on those who are detained, for those who are indeed experiencing so much stress in their families. We ask that you might help us to be instruments of peace & instruments of justice in this country that we love so much.”

The Most Reverend #Archbishop spoke at #LibertyStatePark, across the footbridge from #EllisIsland & within sight of the #StatueOfLiberty, for the 5th Annual #AshWednesday #Pilgrimage For Dismantling of the #Detention and #Deportation Machine that Feeds the #Prison Industrial Complex At Sites Across New Jersey on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

This was the beginning of a day-long series of events in 4 cities in #NewJersey, including a 10-Mile March from Ellis Island to the Elizabeth Detention Center; which culminated in the 18th Annual #Vigil at #EDC. People from across the state representing over a dozen #faith-based, #community, #youth, and #immigrantrights groups, & families of current & former #detainees (including members from Pax Christi USA New Jersey Chapter or #PCNJ, IRATE & First Friends, PICO-NJ, American Friends Service Committee #AFSC #Immigrant #Rights Program, Wind of the Spirit and New Jersey Advocates For Immigrant Detainees or #NJAID), The Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Presiding Co-Adjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; The Most Reverend Thomas A. Donato, DD, Regional Bishop for Hudson County of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; Rev. Canon Petero Sabune; Yves Nibungco, chairperson Anakbayan USA; Ana Bonilla Martinez, organizer, Wind of the Spirit; Luke Nephew, spoken word artist and member The Peace Poets) gathered in #Camden, #Elizabeth, #JerseyCity & #Newark to call for the dismantling of the detention and deportation machine that is feeding the prison industrial complex.

Participants drew attention to the interconnectedness of our county’s projection of #military and economic power abroad with the flow of #migrants and the way in which the detention and deportation machine feeds the prison industrial complex, tearing apart families in the process. #Vigils, #rallies and #protests including prayer, music and testimony to call attention to our country’s foreign policies that force people to migrate, were held to call for a halt to the detentions and deportations that are tearing apart families and to call for an end to prison profiteering.

Actions were held at Liberty State Park, the Hudson County Administration Bldg., St. Peter’s University’s Panepinto Plaza, St. James Church, the offices of Senators Cory Booker & Robert Menendez at One Gateway Center, the Rodino Federal Bldg., the Essex County Hall of Records, the Union County Courthouse, & EDC (a for-profit facility operated by the Corrections Corporation of America or CCA, where ICE first started incarcerating immigrants in NJ almost two decades ago).

A public statement against for-profit incarceration was made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting at the Essex County Hall of Records at 7pm. And there was also a mass held in solidarity at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Camden & a press conference with the family of a released detainee.

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Kathy O’Leary of Pax Christi New Jersey calls on all Americans to stop dehumanizing & demonizing immigrants & take responsibility for our actions on the global stage, with our foreign policy, especially as our government threatens to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (which will launch a whole new era of displacement of the people & destruction of the local economies of our foreign nationals’ sending countries - in the same that the trade & development policies which the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, & NAFTA/CAFTA, which steal from the poor people of the world & give to the already rich elite transnational corporations, have produced this last era of immigration into the U.S.).

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Kathy spoke at Liberty State Park, across the footbridge from Ellis Island & within sight of the Statue Of Liberty, for the 5th Annual Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage For Dismantling of the Detention and Deportation Machine that Feeds the Prison Industrial Complex At Sites Across New Jersey on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

This was the beginning of a day-long series of events in 4 cities in New Jersey, Including a 10-Mile March from Ellis Island to the Elizabeth Detention Center; which culminated in the 18th Annual Vigil at EDC. People from across the state representing over a dozen faith-based, community, youth, and immigrant rights groups, & families of current & former detainees (including members from Pax Christi USA New Jersey, IRATE & First Friends, PICO-NJ, American Friends Service Committee AFSC Immigrant Rights Program, Wind of the Spirit and New Jersey Advocates For Immigrant Detainees or NJAID), The Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Presiding Co-Adjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; The Most Reverend Thomas A. Donato, DD, Regional Bishop for Hudson County of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; Rev. Canon Petero Sabune; Yves Nibungco, chairperson Anakbayan USA; Ana Bonilla Martinez, organizer, Wind of the Spirit; Luke Nephew, spoken word artist and member The Peace Poets) gathered in Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City & Newark to call for the dismantling of the detention and deportation machine that is feeding the prison industrial complex.

Participants drew attention to the interconnectedness of our county’s projection of military and economic power abroad with the flow of migrants and the way in which the detention and deportation machine feeds the prison industrial complex, tearing apart families in the process. Vigils, rallies and protests including prayer, music and testimony to call attention to our country’s foreign policies that force people to migrate, were held to call for a halt to the detentions and deportations that are tearing apart families and to call for an end to prison profiteering.

Actions were held at Liberty State Park, the Hudson County Administration Bldg., St. Peter’s University’s Panepinto Plaza, St. James Church, the offices of Senators Cory Booker & Robert Menendez at One Gateway Center, the Rodino Federal Bldg., the Essex County Hall of Records, the Union County Courthouse, & EDC (a for-profit facility operated by the Corrections Corporation of America or CCA, where ICE first started incarcerating immigrants in NJ almost two decades ago).

A public statement against for-profit incarceration was made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting at the Essex County Hall of Records at 7pm. And there was also a mass held in solidarity at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Camden & a press conference with the family of a released detainee.

You can find the press release here:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/casa-esperanza/press-release-for-ash-wednesday-pilgrimageday-of-action-against-immigrant-detent/10152235270748537

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3/5 : Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage from Ellis Island to the EDC

Join us today in New Jersey - DACA4ALL / NOT1MORE::Press Release for Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage For Dismantling of the Detention and Deportation Machine that Feeds the Prison Industrial Complex At Sites Across New Jersey on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - A Day-Long Series of Events in Four Cities Including A 10-Mile March from Ellis Island to the Elizabeth Detention Center; & the 18th Annual Vigil at #EDC: People from across #NewJersey representing over a dozen #faith-based, #community, #youth, and #immigrant #rights groups, & families of current & former #detainees (including members from Pax Christi USA New Jersey, IRATE & First Friends, PICO-NJ, American Friends Service Committee AFSC Immigrant Rights Program, Wind of the Spirit and New Jersey Advocates For Immigrant Detainees (#NJAID), The Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Presiding Co-Adjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; The Most Reverend Thomas A. Donato, DD, Regional Bishop for Hudson County of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; Rev. Canon Petero Sabune; Yves Nibungco, chairperson Anakbayan USA; Ana Bonilla Martinez, organizer, Wind of the Spirit; Luke Nephew, spoken word artist and member The Peace Poets) will gather in four different cities, #Camden, #Elizabeth, #JerseyCity & #Newark to call for the dismantling of the #detention and #deportation machine that is feeding the prison industrial complex. For the fifth year in a row a group of pilgrims and well wishers will gather in #LibertyStatePark in Jersey City (in front of the bridge to Ellis Island) and walk to the #Elizabeth Detention Center. This series of events is called “Sowing Injustice, Reaping Sorrow”. Participants will be drawing attention to the interconnectedness of our county’s projection of #military and economic power abroad with the flow of #migrants and the way in which the detention and deportation machine feeds the #prison industrial complex, tearing apart families in the process. #Vigils, #rallies and #protests including #prayer, #music and testimony to call attention to our country’s foreign policies that force people to migrate, to call for a halt to the detentions and deportations that are tearing apart families and to call for an end to prison profiteering. We will begin with the vigil on Freedom Way at LSP in Jersey City at 10:00 AM; we will protest in front of the Hudson County Administration Bldg. (595 Newark Ave.) at 11:30; we will hold a vigil at St. Peter’s University’s Panepinto Plaza (47 Glenwood Ave.) at noon; we will reach Newark by 1:30 PM & have a prayer service at St. James Church (142 Jefferson St.); we will rally at the offices of Senators Cory Booker #Booker & Robert #Menendez at One #Gateway Center at 2pm; protest at the Rodino Federal Bldg. (970 Broad St.) at 3pm; at the Essex County Hall of Records (465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.) at 4pm; & at the Union County Courthouse (2 Broad St., Elizabeth) at 5pm for a statement against #Immigration and Customs Enforcement (#ICE) detainers; & we will conclude the pilgrimage with a prayer service & ceremony of distribution of ashes (Elizabeth Detention Center, 625 Evans St., a for-profit facility operated by the Corrections Corporation of America or CCA, where ICE first started incarcerating immigrants in NJ almost two decades ago). A public statement against for-profit incarceration will be made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting at the Essex County Hall of Records (465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Rm 506) at 7pm. And there will also be a mass held in solidarity at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, at 642 Market St., in Camden at 12:05pm, & a press conference with the family of a released detainee to follow at 1pm. We hope that you will join us at some point along the way. More information may be found here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/casa-esperanza/press-release-for-ash-wednesday-pilgrimageday-of-action-against-immigrant-detent/10152235270748537

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