Appeal for #OccupyICEPHL and the Friendly Fire Collective

Dear Comrades in Christ,

Recently in Philadelphia, some of our friends in the Friendly Fire Collective were arrested and/or assaulted by local police while calling for the abolition of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They and others have sustained injuries that require medical attention, which means medical bills, and these confrontations can also mean legal bills. These comrades have put themselves at risk, both physically and financially, to defend vulnerable people, people who bear the image God, against an oppressive state. Though not all of us can be present in Philadelphia or at occupying events around the United States, we can all contribute something, however small, in solidarity with our siblings. We suggest donating via venmo to @bird-poet, at the recommendation of a comrade in the Friendly Fire Collective, to contribute to bills and the ongoing needs of the occupation.

People across the US are organizing to oppose both the existence of ICE and the maintenance of its detention centers. Moving beyond the demand to “keep families together,” a liberal slogan sparked by images of children detained separately from their families, leftists are demanding the abolition of ICE altogether. Created in 2003 by the Bush Administration, ICE is a violent arm of the police state designed to criminalize and further marginalize vulnerable people who are coming into or already live in the United States, often fleeing situations that have been created by the interests of US imperialism.

Anti-ICE organizing efforts take various forms, but one of the most significant and dangerous is the “Occupy ICE” action taken across the country, where our Philadelphia comrades were assaulted. Another way to support these efforts is to enable those who have the courage, inspiration, and spiritual discipline to show up through our finances, prayer, and other talents.

Read more about the Friendly Fire Collective, the occupation, and their participation in Philadelphia at their website here and here.

“Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”

–Matthew 25: 34-40

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