With a Trump presidency ahead of us, we must begin organizing now to prepare to keep folks safe who will likely be targeted by the incoming administration. SURJ is working with many partners right now from immigrant and undocumented communities to better understand what's needed, to identify how best to prepare/train folks, and to create mechanisms to offer "sanctuary" to those who are at risk of deportation or other forms of violence.
The idea of "sanctuary" has been around for a long time, but took more organized form in the 1980s when churches across the country began housing Central American immigrants who were fleeing war and violence in their home countries (much of which was inflicted by or supported by the U.S.).
There is a deep need for white folks to begin preparing now to create spaces of sanctuary -- whether in faith congregations, schools, homes, community centers, or other physical locations. If you're interested in being part of that conversation, sign up below -- and indicate whether you'd like to offer an existing place of sanctuary or create a place of sanctuary that is new.