Day of Giving for Blessing, Not Burden!
Dear immigration change-maker,
There are a lot of myths going around about immigrants. And they’re hurting real people in our congregations and neighborhoods, because public perception can quickly become policy. People are being detained and deported. Families are being separated. Neighborhoods are living in fear. Policies are being proposed that enforce our broken immigration laws more harshly instead of fixing those inconsistent, discriminatory laws.
We’ve been working to counter those myths and negative policies with a truthful, hopeful message.
Together we’ve worn and used over 1,000 t-shirts, tote bags, and yard signs to spread the message far and wide that immigrants are a blessing, not a burden, and to start conversations about why that message is true.
Together we’ve had over 100 conversations in congregations about why undocumented immigrants can’t just “get in line” and why our immigration system is broken.
This work has already borne good fruit! Together we’ve sent over 10,000 letters to politicians to advocate for more welcoming policies.
We have the tools to make change, and they are needed now more than ever. Will you donate today and help us make change? There’s a bill going through the House of Representatives in Michigan NOW that would enforce without reform — this threat to our immigrant sisters and brothers is happening now, and we are organizing people to speak out against it.
We know that white evangelicals are a key electoral group to reach because they have the potential to bring about positive change when they act in faith and are equipped with solid facts. Since 2010, when synod called on us to work toward justice for immigrants, the Christian Reformed Church in North America began to stand out as a voice for immigration justice.
We’re taking our efforts a step further. We’re training people to organize their congregations to spread the message that immigrants are a blessing (as the Bible teaches us!) and to bring about concrete positive policy changes.
When you give TODAY, your gift will be used to equip people like you, in congregations, to educate their communities, help integrate the topic of immigration into worship, find their voice to speak to their public officials about common-sense immigration policy, and connect church members to local efforts. Our goal is to raise $1,500 today.
Will you donate today to help us train congregational members to spread the truth about immigrants and oppose policies that threaten our brothers and sisters?
With you for change,
The staff of the Office of Social Justice