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WHO WE ARE

A Coalition of Faith Communities & Local Activists

We believe that if our country will not be a sanctuary, and our state will not, then we have to make our neighborhoods safe for all of us, one by one.  Action Potluck/Sanctuary Neighborhoods in Washington Heights, New York City, is a coalition of grassroots activists in collaboration with our local Houses of Worship working to keep our diverse communities safe and whole. The situation is constantly changing, but our goal is clear: to provide direct support to harmed families by building up communities up around them.

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. 

But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine,
then let us work together.” 

Lilla Watson

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QUIENES SOMOS

 

Una coalición de activistas locales y comunidades religiosas

Creemos que, si nuestro país no será un santuario, y nuestro estado no lo será, entonces tenemos que hacer que nuestros vecindarios sean seguros para todos, uno por uno. Action Potluck / Sanctuary Neighborhoods en Washington Heights, Nueva York, es una coalición de activistas de base en colaboración con nuestros santuarios locales que trabajan para mantener a nuestras diversas comunidades seguras y completas. La situación cambia constantemente pero nuestro objetivo es claro: brindar apoyo directo a familias perjudicadas mediante la construcción de comunidades a su alrededor.

“Si has venido a ayudarme estás perdiendo el tiempo. 

Pero si has venido porque tu liberación está ligada a la mía,
entonces trabajemos juntos.” 

Lilla Watson

 

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NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Protecting our Communities

 

HELPING FAMILIES BROKEN BY U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICIES

U.S. immigration policies break families. There are families at the border who are still waiting for their loved ones. There are parents lost to their children. "Reunited families" are often still missing a parent and siblings. Zero tolerance has left children traumatized and families without access to the legal, medical or mental health resources they need. For many families that have been reunited, their nightmare is not over.  This is deliberate and systemic cruelty. And although many might not associate it with American values, it is the outgrowth of years of U.S. immigration policy whereby families, arriving in desperation, have been routinely forced to make impossible, heartbreaking choices.

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Las políticas de inmigración de los Estados Unidos separan a las familias. Hay familias en la frontera que todavía están esperando a sus seres queridos. Hay padres que no encuentran a sus hijos. A menudo, a las “familias reunidas” todavía les faltan encontrar al padre o a hermanos.  La política de tolerancia cero ha dejado traumatizados a los niños y a las familias, sin acceso a recursos legales, médicos o de salud mental que necesitan. A pesar de haber sido reunidas, la pesadilla aun no ha terminado para muchas familias. Es crueldad deliberada y sistémica. Y aunque muchos no lo asocien con los valores estadounidenses, es consecuencia de años de una política de inmigración que rutinariamente obliga a las familias que llegan desesperadas, a tomar decisiones imposibles y desgarradoras.

No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.

Warsan Shire

 
 
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