Supporting The Undocumented In The Age Of Trump

Friday night, a little over 25 people gathered at Parkway United Church of Christ to support undocumented members of our community. Immigration reporter Tina Vasquez and her partner Ben Presley prepared a delicious family style Mexican dinner-complete with appetizers and desserts. Tickets were $20 per person.

Members of Parkway UCC helped set-up and clean-up the dinner. Compare Foods donated the groceries. All proceeds-over $500 raised, went into an emergency fund to benefit undocumented community members being targeted for deportation.

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The Sanctuary City Coalition Winston-Salem Says No To War

Last Monday was International Human Rights Day. A fitting occasion for the Sanctuary City Coalition Winston-Salem to show the documentary, “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS” at the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem.

The film shows the carnage of the Syrian war in graphic detail. Something that our media has failed to do. It was a vivid reminder of the evil and destructive nature of war.

After the film, a discussion was held. The … Read the rest

Minerva Garcia’s Struggle To Gain Citizenship Continues

Minerva Cisneros Garcia has had a long struggle with our immigration system. Mineva came to this country nearly 20 years ago so that her oldest son, who is blind could receive the education and training that was not available in her home state of Guerrero, Mexico.

It appeared that Minerva’s immigration troubles were over in October after a Federal judge vacated her deportation order. With the order vacated, Minerva and her two youngest sons left the sanctuary of Congregational Read the rest

Minerva Garcia And Her Family Take Sanctuary In Greensboro Church

Thursday Minerva Garcia and her two young sons took sanctuary at Congregational Church of Christ in Greensboro. Minerva becomes just the second undocumented immigrant in North Carolina (both in Greensboro) to take refuge in a church to avoid deportation.

Thursday was a good day for Minerva and her supporters. No one wants to effectively be imprisoned in a church, but it’s better than what ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) had planned for Minerva. When she reported to ICE several weeks … Read the rest

Minerva Garcia: Another Example Of Our Broken Legal System

Time is not on Minerva Garcia’s side. Despite her best efforts to stay in this country with her children, ICE is poised to deport her. Unless ICE issues a stay of deportation, Minerva will be on a bus back to Mexico by Friday.

Minerva’s case for staying here in Winston is a just one. That’s why members of Winston’s faith community have rallied to her side in recent weeks. She came to this country 17 years ago to provide a … Read the rest

Winston-Salem City Council Refuses To Support Undocumented Immigrants

It looked like last night’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting would finally see Council Member Dan Besse’s Welcoming City resolution come to a vote. But that wasn’t the case. In a surprise move, Besse removed his resolution from the city council’s agenda without any opposition or debate. Besse stated that he wasn’t giving up on his Welcoming City resolution. Rather, he was working on a compromise that the city council could endorse. I think it’s time for progressive activists to give … Read the rest

After Shaming McCrory in D.C., GSO ISO Stands With Immigrants In The Triad

It’s been a great week for the Greensboro chapter of the International Socialist Organization. Last Friday the GSO ISO organized a caravan (a bus and two or three vans) of protesters to D.C. There they joined hundreds of thousands of activists from all around the country, whose very presence unnerved Donald Trump. While the Women’s March on Washington received national headlines, it was the GSO ISO’s public shaming of ex-governor Pat McCrory that received state and local attention.… Read the rest