By Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
During this well timed and compelling account of the contribution to immigrant rights made by means of spiritual activists in post-1965 and post-9/11 the US, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo offers a finished, close-up view of the way Muslim, Christian, and Jewish teams are operating to counter xenophobia. opposed to the hysteria usual in modern media, within which immigrants are frequently painted as a drain at the public coffers, inherently unassimilable, or an outright chance to nationwide defense, Hondagneu-Sotelo unearths the intersection among migration and faith and calls awareness to quieter voices, these devoted to securing the human dignity of beginners. in keeping with years of fieldwork performed in California's significant facilities in addition to in Chicago, this e-book considers Muslim americans protecting their civil liberties after 9-11, Christian activists responding to demise and violence on the U.S-Mexico border, and Christian and Jewish clergy protecting the hard work rights of Latino immigrants. At a time whilst a lot realization has been given to non secular fundamentalism and its potential to incite violent clash, God's center Has No Borders revises our figuring out of the function of faith in social events and demonstrates the nonviolent strength of spiritual teams to deal with social injustices.
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They brought in more volunteers and hired new staff, but this required devoting more resources to training. More time and resources were subsequently devoted to civil liberties issues. CAIR, for example, has continued to issue “action alerts” through the Internet, alerting Listserv recipients to instances of prejudice, discrimination, and violence against Muslims. For affluent, literate, educated, professional-class immigrants, the Internet is a useful resource. ”23 Organizations such as CAIR and MPAC did not sponsor public forums entirely on their own.
Notions such as Christian kinship, Jewish righteousness, and Muslim charity operate in the landscape of the immigrant rights movement. Moreover, metaphorical stories from the Bible, the Quran, and the Torah may be deployed in flexible ways. From the Bible alone, there are many stories that teach hospitality and to welcome the stranger and that encourage identification and compassion with workers and the poor. Sociologist Aldon Morris has shown how Martin Luther King skillfully recast biblical themes into calls for social action in the civil rights movement.
The Muslim, South Asian, and Arab organizations also established formal collaborations and received support from the Orange County and Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, the state agency formally in charge of monitoring and preventing hate crimes and racial discrimination. They also participated with law enforcement agencies, such as the sheriff’s offices of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Among the most controversial collaborations formed, however, were those with agents of the federal government.
God's Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists Are Working for Immigrant Rights by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo