“We Are One” Vigil/ Rally

We believe the new orders affecting immigrants & refugees are counter to our American values. Join us as we stand in solidarity with our vulnerable brothers & sisters. Peaceful, compassionate signs are welcome.

Compassionate Fremont and Tri-City Interfaith Council have decided to sponsor a Vigil and Rally on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Our theme will again be “We Are One,” focusing on the unjust orders that affect immigrants and refugees. This month we will go directly to the corner and stand as witnesses to our solidarity with our vulnerable brothers and sisters.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
-Edmund Burke 1729-1797

“We Are One” Vigil/ Rally

We believe the new orders affecting immigrants & refugees are counter to our American values. Join us as we stand in solidarity with our vulnerable brothers & sisters. Peaceful, compassionate signs are welcome.

Compassionate Fremont and Tri-City Interfaith Council have decided to sponsor a Vigil and Rally on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Our theme will again be “We Are One,” focusing on the unjust orders that affect immigrants and refugees. This month we will go directly to the corner and stand as witnesses to our solidarity with our vulnerable brothers and sisters.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
-Edmund Burke 1729-1797

“We Are One” Vigil/ Rally

We are committed to a moral vision of healthcare that offers health, wholeness, and human dignity for all. Health care is not a luxury for some, but a right for all.

Compassionate Fremont and Tri-City Interfaith Council have decided to sponsor a Vigil and Rally on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Our theme will again be “We Are One,” focusing on the unjust orders that affect immigrants and refugees. This month we will go directly to the corner and stand as witnesses to our solidarity with our vulnerable brothers and sisters.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
-Edmund Burke 1729-1797

Faith-based and humanist groups call on government to reaffirm American values

SiVIC again joins with the Know Your Neighbor campaign and interfaith groups around the Bay Area and across the US to reaffirm our commitment to diversity and compassion in times when they seem to be threatened.

San Jose – The Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters campaign, a program of the Islamic Networks Group (ING), finds that the executive order issued this week by President Donald Trump banning entry to the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspending and restricting the admission of refugees is essentially the same as the previous executive order on this subject. It therefore requires us once again to reaffirm basic values that we share with the great majority of Americans:

  • Respect for diversity, pluralism, and religious freedom: Although the executive orders do not explicitly mention Muslims or their faith, several provisions target Muslims. As such, they violate the principles embodied in the First Amendment and our country’s commitment to religious neutrality.
  • Care for the stranger and the needy: Except for the native peoples, since its founding the United States has been a nation of immigrants. Our country has a long tradition of welcoming and supporting immigrants and the needy; the rejection of refugees fleeing horrific violence flies in the face of the obligation to help and the hospitality that the American people have traditionally shown to those in need.
  • Civil liberties: While these orders do not explicitly target particular groups, they clearly impact primarily one religious identity (Muslim). Singling out Muslims reinforces and encourages existing prejudice and discrimination, including U.S. citizens and documented immigrants.
  • Unity and solidarity: Policies which single out specific religious or ethnic groups violate the sense of national unity and solidarity that allows the diverse people of our nation to live in peace and harmony.

Read the full statement here.

“We Are One” Vigil/ Rally

We believe the new orders affecting immigrants & refugees are counter to our American values. Join us as we stand in solidarity with our vulnerable brothers & sisters. Peaceful, compassionate signs are welcome.

Compassionate Fremont and Tri-City Interfaith Council have decided to sponsor a Vigil and Rally on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Our theme will again be “We Are One,” focusing on the unjust orders that affect immigrants and refugees. This month we will go directly to the corner and stand as witnesses to our solidarity with our vulnerable brothers and sisters.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
-Edmund Burke 1729-1797

Know Your Neighbor: Call to Action

SiVIC has joined the ING Know Your Neighbors program and a coalition of faith-based and humanist groups in responding to presidential orders restricting immigration from Middle Eastern and African countries:

Faith-based and humanist groups call on government to reaffirm American values

“Although the U.S. is a nation of immigrants and has a long history of welcoming refugees from diverse lands, we also have a history of different periods of xenophobia and exclusion, including the Chinese Exclusion Act, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and the rejection of Jewish refugees from Nazi persecution and genocide. None of these actions made our country more secure, and we can be certain that the great majority of our people do not support a repeat of such episodes.”
—Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director of the Islamic Networks Group

“Any attempt to ban Muslim refugees based on their religion betrays our values and sends the un-American message that there are second-class faiths. Our country, founded by immigrants who established religious freedom as a bedrock principle, is better than this. A threat to anyone’s religious liberty is a threat to everyone’s religious liberty, and we as Baptists stand with those facing religious persecution around the world, regardless of their faith.”
—Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

San Jose – The Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters campaign, a program of the Islamic Networks Group (ING), released the following statement today in reaction to executive orders signed by President Donald Trump restricting immigration from a number of Middle Eastern and African countries.

The executive orders issued today and earlier this week by President Donald Trump require us to reaffirm basic values that we share with the great majority of Americans:

  • Respect for diversity, pluralism, and religious freedom: Although the executive orders do not explicitly mention Muslims or their faith, several provisions target Muslims. As such, they violate the principles embodied in the First Amendment and our country’s commitment to religious neutrality.
  • Care for the stranger and the needy: Except for the native peoples, since its founding the United States has been a nation of immigrants. Our country has a long tradition of welcoming and supporting immigrants and the needy; the rejection of refugees fleeing horrific violence flies in the face of the obligation to help and the hospitality that the American people have traditionally shown to those in need.
  • Civil liberties: While these orders do not explicitly target particular groups, they clearly impact primarily one religion (Muslim) and one ethnicity (Latino). Singling out these groups reinforces and encourages existing prejudice and discrimination against them, including U.S. citizens and documented immigrants belonging to these groups.
  • Unity and solidarity: Policies whose effect is to single out specific religious or ethnic groups violate the sense of national unity and solidarity that allows the diverse people of our nation to live in peace and harmony.

Although these measures purport to deal with the threat of terrorism, there is little evidence to support this claim. What they do, however, is to cast a dark cloud over the entire American Muslim population, making it all too clear that their significant contributions to American life are not welcomed. This impacts women in headscarves who have been the object of increased harassment and students in schools who have seen a rise in bullying in recent years due to anti-Muslim rhetoric which will increase with these policies. In response to the Executive Orders, we faith-based and humanist organizations call for an increase in:

  • Interfaith engagement, including both interfaith dialogues and events bringing people of diverse traditions together for mutual encounter and learning. To get started, see this page.
  • Education about Muslims and Islam, including presentations by Muslim speakers and “meet a Muslim” events in houses of worship or other public venues. To get started, see this page.
  • Commitment to and training in being “upstanders” who respond supportively to incidents of hate and bigotry.

This is a time to come together as a community and uphold our sacred values. Therefore, in responding to the current situation, and to prepare for possible actions in the future that may likewise call our fundamental values into question, we commit ourselves, and call on all who share our concerns, to respect the principle of nonviolence in thought, word, and deed.

  • We will maintain an attitude of charity and openness to all, including those with whom we most profoundly disagree. We will seek to understand their motivations and assume that they are sincerely seeking what is right unless presented with clear evidence to the contrary. If we are people of prayer, then we will pray for their well-being and for wisdom for them and for ourselves.
  • In our statements, we will condemn actions but not persons. We will speak firmly but respectfully of and with those whose words and actions we oppose.

Signed:

American Muslim Advisory Council
Arizona Jews for Justice
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Bay Area Interfaith Connect
Bridges of Faith Trialogue, Cincinnati
California Institute for Human Science Interfaith Circle
Center for Inquiry
Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau
Council of Islamic Organizations of Kentucky
Delaware Valley Speakers Bureau
Euphrates Institute
Global Immersion Project
Interfaith Alliance
Interfaith Arkansas
Interfaith Center at the Presidio
Interfaith Center of New York
Interfaith Council of Central Florida
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Ann Arbor
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Interfaith Paths to Peace
Interfaith Youth Core
Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Islamic Education & Resources Network (ILearn)
Islamic Networks Group
Islamic Society of Greater Houston
Islamic Speakers Bureau of Alabama
Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona
Islamic Speakers Bureau of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Islamic Speakers Bureau of Edmonton, Canada
Islamic Speakers Bureau of Greater Houston
Islamic Speakers Bureau of Saint Louis
Islamic Speakers Bureau of San Diego
Islamic Speakers Bureau of Santa Barbara
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light
Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought
Muslim Coalition of Connecticut
Muslim Community Center, East Bay
National Council of Churches
National Sikh Campaign
Network of Spiritual Progressives
New Jersey Islamic Networks Group
Religions for Peace USA
Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism
San Francisco Interfaith Council
Seattle Islamic Speakers Bureau
Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign
Silicon Valley Interreligious Council
Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom
South Coast Interfaith Council
Speakers Bureau of Nebraska
Spokane Interfaith Council
Tikkun Magazine
Tri City Interfaith Council
United Religions Initiative
United We Dream Houston
Uri L’Tzedek: The Jewish Orthodox Social Justice Movement
Valley Beit Midrash: The Jewish Pluralistic Center
Washington Ethical Society
Welcoming Gainesville
Wisdom Circle Ministry

The Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters (KYN-ME) campaign is a program of the Islamic Networks Group (ING) whose mission is to increase religious literacy and build relations among Americans of all backgrounds. In pursuit of this mission, the KYN-ME campaign, which was first initiated in partnership with the White House in 2015, aims to build interreligious and intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect by promoting face-to-face encounter between people of diverse faiths and worldviews. Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters works to foster understanding and dialogue by encouraging Americans to get to “Know Your Neighbor.”

Protect Our Community: Action Planning Day

We gathered in the rain to express our solidarity, and now we are ready to get to work! Led by non-profit leaders and community members, we will break into 3 working groups, to share up-to-date information and community concerns, and promote actions that everyone can take.

To protect our community, the organizations listed below believe that:

  • Undocumented immigrants and the Dreamers must be protected
  • Hate crimes will not be tolerated and constitutional rights must be protected
  • Affordable healthcare must be maintained

City Hall guidelines request registration;
FREE tickets are available at Eventbrite

Limited walk-in space will be available.

Action Day Flyer

CO-SPONSORS:
Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County, African American Community Service Agency, Asian Law Alliance, Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet/Criminal Justice Committee, Californians for Justice, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), California Alliance of African American Educators, Center for Employment Training (CET), CHAM Deliverance Ministry, Coalition for Justice and Accountability, Human Agenda, Islamic Networks Group (ING), Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, Latinos United for a New America (LUNA), Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center SJSU, Move to Amend (MTA) of Santa Clara County, National Pan-Hellenic Council of Santa Clara Valley, Pacifica Institute, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Sacred Heart Community Service, Santa Clara Valley Chapter ACLU, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, SEIU 2015, SEIUUSWW, Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Silicon Valley DeBug, Ujima Adult and Family Services, SJSU Human Rights Program, South Bay Labor Council, Unite Here Local 19, Working Partnerships USA

Protect Our Community

Unity Gathering at San Jose City Hall

Share a flyer: Unity Gathering Flyer

Come and express our values of unity and common cause. With civility and steadfastness, we join together now, as we will continue to do, in an ongoing and persistent advancement of our principles.

Come and add your treasured principles to this initial list. Sign up to continue the work in one of the areas where your voice is most needed.

To protect our community, the below organizations believe that:

  • Undocumented immigrants and the
    Dreamers must be protected
  • Hate crimes will not be tolerated
  • Constitutional rights must be protected
  • Affordable healthcare must be maintained
  • Climate progress and environmental justice
    must be advanced
  • ADD YOUR PRINCIPLES!!!

CO-SPONSORS:
Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County, African American Community Service Agency, Asian Law Alliance, CAIR, California Alliance of African American Educators, CHAM Deliverance Ministry, Coalition for Justice and Accountability, Human Agenda, Jewish Community Relations Council,  Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, Latinos United for a New America (LUNA), MOSAIC CrossCultural Center SJSU, Move to Amend (MTA) of Santa Clara County, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Silicon Valley DeBug, Ujima Adult and Family Services, SJSU Human Rights Program, Working Partnerships USA

Congreso del Pueblo/ People’s Congress

Please join a People’s Congress with the Catholic community in San Jose, together with people directly affected by anti-immigrant policies.

The plan is to brainstorm features of a just society and draft up principles for moving that vision forward.

It is being organized by Fr. Jon Pedigo, and he has opened the gathering to anyone interested.  Muslims and Jews will share Qur’an and Torah teachings along with the Catholic teachings that will lift up our common cause.

The meeting will be bilingual in Spanish and English.