Last Tuesday, more than 100 faith and community leaders gathered outside of Long Beach City Hall for a vigil of solidarity with those most affected by recent Executive Orders on immigration. Rev. Ricardo Avila of St. Luke's Episcopal Church led the event, opening with the announcement that his church would become a Sanctuary Parish for those facing deportation or otherwise in need of help. Reverend Noel Anderson (shown above) also shared from his perspective as a leader in the national Sanctuary Movement.
On Tuesday, February 6th at 4pm, we have the opportunity to start turning this energy into policy! Council will vote on whether to support the California Values Act, which will prevent state resources from being used for any federal deportation efforts. While we're thrilled that Councilmember Gonzales proposed this official support, we know that more is needed.
CLUE is organizing dozens of clergy and community leaders to show support of an official sanctuary designation for the city of Long Beach, both at a press conference before the council meeting, and at the meeting itself. Whether or not we pass sanctuary policy at the state level, city policies are an important show of protection and solidarity to local residents. We welcome you to advocate for sanctuary policies not only in Long Beach, but in every city in California.