IMMIGRATION AND THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT
People of faith and religious leaders have been bearing witness and articulating moral arguments against societal injustices for centuries. Today, for many, faith values are driving forces for immigrant-rights advocacy and mobilization. The New Sanctuary Movement’s objective is to “protect and stand with immigrants faced with deportation.” This includes immigrants with and without citizenship status. Moral imperatives drive New Sanctuary Movement participants to live their values on family, justice, and protecting the most vulnerable. Its genesis is rooted in religious belief and practice, but its values and mission have garnered participation well beyond the faith community.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Black Lives Matter works to elevate awareness and end the systematic oppression, racial profiling, villainization, and mass incarceration of black Americans. According to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Black Lives Matter has “committed to struggling together and to imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic and political power to thrive.” What began as a passionate response and a hashtag on Twitter (#BlackLivesMatter) has since evolved into the eponymous nationwide movement to revalidate the fact that black humanity is and should be valued as much as any other.
THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP
The election of President Trump in 2016 reflected decades-long strategy and planning by the religious right to effect political change in America. The Trump campaign enthusiastically supported this effort. In addition to selecting the evangelical Mike Pence for his running mate, Trump hand-selected 25 evangelical leaders for his Evangelical Advisory Board, with whom he held weekly calls during his campaign. Many of the members came from the world of TV ministry. These advisers continue to influence the president and have contributed to numerous conversations and decisions that could shape America for decades to come.