Ravi Ragbir sermon and solidarity action at Judson Memorial Church
New York, NY - In anticipation of the upcoming hearing of his First Amendment case against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ravi Ragbir, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, gave a sermon on March 4, 2018; at Judson Memorial Church and led a community action. The event highlighted the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow indefinite detention (Jennings v. Rodriguez).

Ravi is a nationally recognized immigrant rights leader and Executive Director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. On January 11, ICE suddenly detained Ravi at a routine check-in appointment, seeking to deport him. A federal judge found his detention to be cruel and unconstitutional and ordered his release. As Ravi continues to fight his deportation, Ravi will preach on Sunday about the parable of The Good Samaritan and about challenging our unjust immigration system through selfless love. The public is welcome to attend.

Following the service, community members participated in a symbolic ribbon-tying ceremony outside of Judson Memorial Church, to express solidarity with the thousands of immigrants who are incarcerated and hidden in immigration jails around the United States, separated from their families, friends and communities.

Ravi Ragbir, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City

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