Seven Disciples leaders from Arizonia; including Rev. Jay Deskins, Rev. Kelley Dick, Rev. Job Cobos, Rev. Bob Howard, Rev. Al Beasley, Dave Coatworth, and Lauryn Valladarez, along with Rev. Gabriel Lopez from California, joined faith leaders from across the nation for prayer and witness in front of the Tucson Courthouse on June 5. The InterfaithService, called “Faith Floods the Courtroom,” called for an end to the criminalization of humanitarian aid, and for compassion for migrants and those seeking to assist them.
Hear and join in their prayers through this Facebook video link:
Find and share an adapted prayer from today’s event here:
On January 17th, 2018, the faith-based organization No More Deaths released part two of their report series The Disappeared. That very same day, Border Patrol raided the humanitarian aid base in Ajo, Arizona and arrested two individuals receiving humanitarian aid along with Dr. Scott Warren, a No More Deaths volunteer.
The felony trial of No More Death’s volunteer Dr. Scott Warren began on May 29th. He is charged with two counts of felony harboring and one count of felony conspiracy under 8 U.S.C. 1324–and is facing up to 20 years in prison.
The precedent that is set as a result from this court ruling could have an impact on all people of faith and people of conscious who are working to assist undocumented immigrants in need.
Watch and Share this video about this case: Bodies in the Borderlands:
Follow Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries on Twitter @StanleyRea, and on FB at: http://bit.ly/RIMFacebook,
and call Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, with any questions: 202-957-7826