The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity is engaging communities of faith in the movement to close prisons and detention centers, and create thriving communities based in racial equity and community care. Rev. Lee will share a frontline report from the Pilgrimage to Heal our Communities which traveled to all the immigration detention centers in California and the prisons on the way. What is the spiritual foundation for this work? And what is the unique role communities of faith can play?
Guest Preacher: Rev. Deborah Lee, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Executive Director, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Worship Associate: Jane Chronis
Rev. Deborah Lee has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for over 30 years in popular education, community organizing and advocacy connecting issues of race, gender, economic justice, anti-militarism, LGBTQ inclusion and immigrant rights. She has consistently sought to strengthen the voice and role of faith communities in today’s social movements. Through the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI), she has helped build a network of 250 congregations, 2000 faith leaders and 250 community partners committed to immigramt justice and ending mass incarceration. IM4HI has helped create a network of congregations in California to create post-release networks of support for migrant youth and families, and to defend those targeted by detention and deportation. Her organization also led efforts to close the West County Detention Facility in 2018 and has been integral to successful campaigns to pass local and state laws to protect immigrants from detention and deportation, and most recently to ban private prisons and detention centers in the state of California. The organization plays a key role in fighting for decarceration in Southern California and saving lives of those detained and incarcerated during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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