March 15, 2018
One thing that really stood out to us today was learning about the sanctuary movement and the role of churches. We visited the Southside Presbyterian church, which is rooted in the sanctuary movement of the 1980’s and is a leader in the new current sanctuary movement. It continues to help people in the community.
We heard a story of a member of the Tucson community that they recently helped by providing sanctuary. Her name was Rosa, she is a mother of two and stayed there for a year and 4 months because of her immigration status. She was in such a difficult situation that she had to resort to going into sanctuary which is still very much like a prison because she is restricted to one location with limited access to loved ones.
This was very powerful and helped us to see the true magnitude of the sanctuary movement.
By: Karina Diaz and Melissa Olivera