DREAM Act Immigration Sabbath
August 12th, 2011
Communities of faith around the United States, interested in continuing to build support for undocumented immigrant students, are hosting DREAM Act Sabbath 2011, from September 16 to October 9. DREAM ACT Sabbath was launched by dozen religious leaders and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). The United States Catholic Bishops Conference’s program, Justice for Immigrants, has just announced a PRAY FOR THE DREAM weekend to celebrate DREAM ACT 2011 Sabbath.
The initiative aims to encourage churches, synagogues and mosques to dedicate time to dialoguing about the DREAM ACT, while also urging President Obama to protect vulnerable populations including DREAM Act-eligible youth and parents of citizen children from unwarranted detention and deportation.
The USCCB JFI Campaign will coordinate events and Masses in support of immigrant youth with a special focus on Sunday, September 25, although parishes can choose other Sundays as well. Go to www.justiceforimmigrants.org/parishes.shtml to find PRAY FOR DREAM resources, which include parish bulletin inserts, prayers, homilies and fliers.
Also, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition has posted an online toolkit for DREAM Act Sabbath 2011 events. The packet contains theological reflections, sermon starters, stories of DREAM students, bulletin inserts, myths and facts about the DREAM Act, and a petition that people can sign to support the DREAM Act. Visit www.interfaithimmigration.org; Click Dream Act 2011 Sabbath tool kit.