We are celebrating the beginning of the new year with a client approval. We are so thrilled for this family and a positive outcome in their case. In 2019 we will continue to fight for our clients and immigrants in our community.
As many of your know, we have been fighting the removal of a client, who is now in sanctuary at a local church property. Western Slope Now just did another story on her, which appeared in the local evening news. You can see it here.
Check out the Post Independent’s interactive map for the bridge detour. It will show parking, road closures and bus routes. Be prepared and plan ahead. It WILL take longer to get anywhere in town. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to appointments, meetings and school. Be patient, it’s going to be a trying 95 days for everyone.
Our attorney, Jennifer Smith, wrote a letter to the editor of the Post Independent recently. In it, she thanked local law enforcement for refusing to do the work of the federal government relating to immigration and she encouraged legislative action to reform our immigration policies. Remember, separated families are not limited to a particular religion, culture or political party.
You can read the LTE in full here.
Pitkin County is formalizing their stance on immigration. They want to send a message to the immigrant community that they are welcome and valued. County employees will not ask about someone’s immigration status unless necessary. They will not provide ICE or CBP “non-public information” about a person. This is great to hear local authorities standing with the immigrant community. You can read more about this in the Post Independent online here or in the newspaper.
Liam will be joining Indivisible Aspen for the first Resistance Roundtable event next Tuesday, April 11 from 6-7:30 at the Pitkin County Library. The event aims to bring the community together to learn how we can press our congressional leaders. There will be a panel of community experts from Wilderness Workshop, ACES, and the Pitkin County Democrats. Think about big questions you’d like to ask and head to Aspen to learn about environmental and immigration legislation and their implications.
Response will be hosting a free community immigration workshop on April 13th at the Pitkin County Library. See the link below for the event flyer.
Interfaith Immigration Statement on Solidarity and Sanctuary
“Love the stranger as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:34)
As faith leaders and congregations of the Roaring Fork Valley, we stand together in affirming our solidarity with our immigrant congregants, neighbors and community members. Immigrants have always faced many challenges, and we recognize increased anxiety and fear among our immigrant sisters and brothers because of a recent rise in strong anti-immigrant sentiments and threats of mass deportations. We affirm our vigilance around the issues facing our immigrant neighbors. In solidarity with our immigrant families and other allies we are working to develop an action plan that includes:
We call on our counties, cities, towns and schools to support our immigrant families. We support local law enforcement and school officials in doing their jobs- protecting public safety and teaching our children- rather than detaining and deporting immigrants.
We are committed to working with a wide variety of community partners, from those who work with immigrant families to those who employ immigrants, so we can listen to and support our immigrant families as valuable members of our community. Examples of these community partners include: Access AfterSchool, Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen Community Foundation, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District, Roaring Fork PreCollegiate, Smith Immigration, Summit 54, The Manaus Fund and Valley Settlement.
We are proud that the state of Colorado is one of the safest states for immigrants to settle in. In Colorado, immigrants are afforded the right to hold a driver’s license and go to college without regard to their legal status.
As representatives of religious institutions with unique resources and deep moral values, we will explore the creation of one or more sanctuaries here in the Roaring Fork Valley. We aim to do so in advance of any changes in federal law or ICE enforcement priorities so our immigrant families don’t have to live in a constant state of fear and uncertainty.
Father Bert Chilson- St. Stephen Catholic Church, Glenwood Springs
Rabbi David Segal- Aspen Jewish Congregation, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley
Reverend Shawna Foster- Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church, Carbondale
Brad Walston, Pastor- Basalt/Thomasville and Carbondale Community United Methodist Churches
The Reverend E. Wendy Huber, Rector & The Vestry on behalf of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Glenwood Springs
John Bruna and Laura Bartels on behalf of Way of Compassion Dharma Center, Carbondale
Reverend Nicholas Vesey, Minister at Aspen Chapel
Father Rick Nakvasil, Pastor of St. Vincent (Basalt) and St. Mary of the Crown (Carbondale)