Stop the Detentions Now!

On Sunday November 6th, a group from HUUMS joined the Boston New Sanctuary Movement and the Student Immigrant Movement at the Suffolk County House of Correction.

Suffolk County House of Corrections

Due to its design and location, the Suffolk County House of Correction is "hidden in plain sight" of two major roads.

First, we prayed and sang together. We heard testimonials from two undocumented students (who are facing imminent deportation) involved with the Student Immigrant Movement. We read aloud the names of all persons who have died while in the “limbo” of detention centers, including those who have died while detained in Suffolk County in their Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit.

Linda at Immigration Justice Vigil

Our HUUMS President Linda Simmons reads the words of UUA President Peter Morales at the close of the immigration justice vigil.

After we centered ourselves, we marched together to a raised highway and waved to the many undocumented men who are detained–without any rights or protections–at the House of Correction. They wrote us messages, including “I love my kids,” “11 months,” and “Tell my mom I love her.”

Detainees at the Suffolk County House of Corrections

The detainees knew we had arrived, and wrote us messages and waved from their cells.

We thank the Boston New Sanctuary Movement for organizing regular vigils at the House of Correction, and for all of the work they do to bring about immigration justice. All of us from HUUMS who attended the vigil were honored to witness with them for the inherent worth and dignity of the detainees.

If you missed this event, we hope to see you on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in the Braun Room for the latest installment of our Honoring Ministry series with Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo of the UU Church of Marblehead, MA. Rev. von Zirpolo will speak to us about her ministry on immigration issues, including her experiences protesting SB 1070 in Arizona and speaking out against the Secure Communities program in our own state of Massachusetts. We will provide snacks, wine, and space for conversation about immigration justice.

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