Friday, May 13, 2011

NYFJ in Action

Check out this story and pictures, featuring NYFJ's Executive Director Lisa Sharon Harper, from the New Sanctuary Movement blogs coverage on the Tuesday's press conference urging Gov. Cuomo to pull out the the "Secure Communities" program.

Religious Leaders Hold Vigil to Ask for an End to NY’s “Secure Communities” Program

Clergy and Advocates Urge Gov. Cuomo to Follow Illinois’ Lead

New York, NY (May 11, 2011) – Diverse faith community leaders, joined by advocates and community members, held a vigil in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office to urge the Governor to end New York State’s involvement in “Secure Communities.” Speakers applauded Illinois for withdrawing from S-Comm and urged Cuomo to do the same in order to protect New York immigrants.

Adem Carroll of the New York State Intefaith Network for Immigration Reform speaking at the S-Comm vigil, on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011. (Photos by Marcus Yam, Special for the New Sanctuary Coalition.)

The vigil followed a letter sent to Governor Cuomo by the New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform and signed by more than 100 diverse faith community leaders across New York, urging him to terminate New York’s S-Comm agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“So far, Governor Cuomo has not acted,” Network Co-chair Diane Steinman said. “So today we say to our Governor: Follow the example set by the State of Illinois and pull New York out of this program that is shattering the lives of immigrants while making New Yorkers less safe and secure.”

Rev. Susan Switzer, co-Chair of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC and Lisa Sharon Harper, co-Chair of the New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform, light candles as part of a prayer vigil for Gov. Cuomo and the communities bearing the burden of S-Comm. (Photo by Marcus Yam, Special for the New Sanctuary Coalition.)

“We believe our Governor is a moral man. We believe he has a conscience,” said Network Co-chair Lisa Sharon Harper. “Yet every day, S-Comm betrays the conscience of New Yorkers by violating New York’s moral commitment to promote the public welfare, by making some New Yorkers the target of brutal intolerance, and by turning a blind eye to racial and ethnic profiling. So our diverse community of faith leaders calls on Governor Cuomo to rekindle the flame New York’s conscience. Join with Illinois Governor Quinn! Opt-out of S-Comm!”

Rabbi Michael Feinberg of the Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition speaking at the vigil in front of Gov. Cuomo's Manahttan office. (Photo by Marcus Yam, Special for the New Sanctuary Coalition.)

Under S-Comm, local police are required to send fingerprints upon booking to immigration databases to identify people for deportation. Faith community leaders, brought together by the Interfaith Network and the New Sanctuary Movement, decried the program for unjustly deporting immigrants. They further pointed out that there is no time to lose, as more than one-third of New York’s counties have already activated S- Comm. In January and February alone, the program identified nearly 3,500 people for potential deportation. Many of those identified through S-Comm end up in detention centers located in remote locations, where they have severely limited access to lawyers, medical care, family, and evidence to defend against deportation.

Diverse faith community leaders joined with advocates and community members to pray for an end to S-Comm in New York. (Photo by Marcus Yam, Special for the New Sanctuary Coalition.)

This event is part of a growing call to end the controversial S-Comm program in New York and nationwide. In the past two weeks, Congress Member Zoe Lofgren, joined by Senator Robert Menendez, called for an investigation of S-Comm, and Illinois Govenor Pat Quinn terminated the state’s S-Comm agreement due to unfixable problems with the program. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus issued a call to President Barack Obama for an immediate freeze on the program, expressing concerns for public safety. And 38 New York state legislators sent a letter to Governor Cuomo this Monday calling for a termination of S-Comm in New York.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Don't Miss This!!!

Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice
Mission & Social Justice of The Riverside Church

invite you to

Faith & Earth

Friday, May 13th 2011
9am to 5pm
@ The Riverside Church of New York
91 Claremont Ave.
btw 121st and 122nd St.

Workshops Include:
  • Teaching & Preaching on Environmental Justice
  • Eco-Justice and Your Zip-Code: Place Matters
  • Sea Water Rise and Disaster Preparedness
  • Mobilizing Youth Groups for the Sake of the Earth
  • Greening Your Congregation
  • The Toxic Chemicals in Your Home They Aren't Telling You About
  • Recycling in NYC and Unwasting Your Home
Special Keynote Address by Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Marty Ostrow, Producer of "Renewal," a Film about Religious Environmentalism

To Register:

or call


Co-sponsored by:
NY Faith & Justice
We Act for Environmental Justice
Center for the Study of Science and Religion
NY Serda
Beam NY

Monday, April 11, 2011

You're Invited...

Social Media

Social Change and You

Tuesday, April 12th


Join us for a panel discussion on the effectiveness of social media to influence social

change in communities, politics, and beyond.


Capitol Momentum

NY Faith and Justice

Peace Boat USA

Underheard in New York


Freelance Journalist Keiko Tsuyama

A diverse group of panelists share their experiences with social media and discuss how

they see it shaping the future.

This will be an interactive discussion with great opportunities for networking. Bring your

questions, ideas and enthusiasm.

All are welcome!

Tuesday, April 12th from 7-9 PM

Mary O's, 32 Avenue A

NY NY 10009




Hosted by:

Voterbook NYC

Slums of Hope

Women Elect

Earth Day Education opportunity!!

The Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition is happy to invite you to an Earth Day Festival at Bronx Community College!

From 10am - 4pm, there will be various activities to entertain & educate youth and adults, including GARDENING, HIP HOP, A RACE, PRIZES, WORKSHOPS & MORE!

There are still Volunteers Needed! So if you can help out, please email Taleigh Smith at and cc

Garden Club: Tree Planting, Composting and Other Planting at Campus Garden

10am – 11am: Workshop: Climate Justice & Food Security (location TBA) *Taleigh facilitating

11am-12pm Opening Ceremony (Guest Speakers and Presentation from Chemistry Department on Geology of Campus) (Playhouse)

12pm-2pm ASAP Race for Health and Nutrition (On Campus Track)

12pm-2pm Food Justice Community Panel Discussion and Interactive Workshop (Local Food Initiatives) (Playhouse)

12pm-4pm Organization Expo (Meister Lobby)

12pm-4pm Food Demonstration, DJ/Music, Prizes

2pm: Workshop: Worker Cooperatives: Possible in the Bronx? (location TBA) *Yorman, Heidi & Tanya facilitating

2:30pm-4pm Hip Hop to Heal the Hood (Spiritchild Performance and Workshop) (Playhouse)

11am-4pm Film Festival and Media Room (The Cove and Food Inc) (Schwendler Auditorium)

Contact Taleigh Smith at if you have any questions.


Bronx Community College

NW Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition

Con Edison

Bronx Green Jobs Roundtable

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Check This Out!

The Poverty Initiative Presents:

Crossing the American Crises film screening & discussion with directors Silvia Leindecker & Michael Fox

Thursday, April 7, 12:30 - 2:00pm in the Poverty Initiative Office
@ Union Theological Seminary

In the spirit of Wisconsin, this new feature-length documentary takes us across the country amidst the economic collapse, to the grassroots solutions in the hands of the people. Co-director Michael Fox is an ally in our work who organized with United Workers and continues to share the stories of organizations working for justice.

For more information contact Onleilove at or visit

Monday, April 4, 2011

You're Invited...

Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice

invite you to

Adopt a Bodega

Second Quarterly Breakfast of 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Breakfast @ 8:30

Program 9-11am

New York City corner stores and bodegas are everywhere. Yet, these small stores often lack healthy food options. the Food, Faith and Health Disparities Business Outreach Working Group is partnering with the Department of Health to connect congregations with their local bodegas. Come learn how your congregation can help make your neighborhood healthier by joining the Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice “Adopt a Bodega” Initiative.

New Song Church

2230 8th Ave.

New York, NY 10027

Special Screening Opportunity


New York Premiere of “John Muir in the New World”

Wednesday 4/6 7:00 p.m.

Join us for the New York Premiere of the documentary film, “John Muir in the New World” co-sponsored by The Louis Finkelstein Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Global Village Media, Interfaith Center of New York, Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice, and the Center for the Study of Science and Religion (CSSR) of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. (The film will air on PBS “American Masters,” April 18th at 9PM -- check local listings).

Following the screening there will be a Q & A with the writer, director Catherine Tatge, and producer Dominique Lasseur.

Special Screening at JTS
3080 Broadway at 122nd Street
Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
I.D. required