For reservations and information contact Diane Mackie email@example.com
October 12, 2018
Dear Friend of JFON:
On Saturday, November 10th at 5 PM the Annual Celebration and Dinner Fundraiser for New England Justice for Our Neighbors will be held in Springfield. The Springfield clinic of JFON, under the oversight of Urban Potential, Inc. is honored to host this event, as we will be celebrating five years of service to the immigrant community. During this period of time, the Springfield clinic has welcomed more than four hundred clients who were hoping for a green card and a path to citizenship. Through our partnership with Community Legal Aid Inc. a non-profit legal counsel, we have been able to help many of these clients realize their dreams. New England JFON is a division of National JFON, a United Methodist ministry that offers legal aid to low income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
During this exciting evening, we’ll not only celebrate five years of operation in Springfield, but have the chance to learn more about JFON across the country, hear about the JFON clinic in Woburn, Massachusetts that recently re-opened and efforts to open another clinic in the Lawrence/Lowell area. Rob Rutland-Brown, Executive Director of the National JFON will be speaking, as well as some people with powerful stories of how their lives have been impacted by the work of JFON.
We hope you will be a part of this celebration. Please consider purchasing a table for your congregation. Come to the dinner, participate in the silent auction, and support the on-going transformation of lives through JFON and its programs. Tickets are $30/each or $200 for a table of eight. If you have questions, call or text Diane Mackie at 413-575-3274 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to purchase a table or single tickets, please make a check payable to “Urban Potential” and mail it to Urban Potential 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108. We hope to hear from you soon.
An additional way to support JFON in New England is to donate an item to the silent auction. We are currently collecting new or like-new items such as antiques, sports equipment/jerseys, hand-crafted items, gift certificates, a vacation camp/condo for a weekend….use your imagination! Items need to be received by November 1. To donate items or for more information, please contact either Joy Mueller (email@example.com) or Steve Hays (firstname.lastname@example.org).
John Mueller, Pastor of Trinity Diane Mackie, Clinic Coordinator
Please join us at our Action Assembly for Immigration Justice. We will give a brief overview and update of the immigration work being done across Eastern Mass, and spend most of our time in breakouts groups. The objective is for everyone to get plugged into a specific project. In a moment as chaotic as we are living, there is room for all tactics and all people to get involved. With our partner organizations UU Mass Action, ECM, and JCRC, we will host the following breakout groups:
Learn about how to offer support and accompaniment to people as they deal with immigration hearings, ICE check-ins, court cases, and other types of advocacy and action. The network is currently building out its structure and capacity.
Clergy visitation and legal support
We are looking to recruit clergy to visit immigrants in detention as well as lawyers who would be willing to offer pro-bono representation to detainees. If you are an attorney, but do not practice immigration law, we can match you up with an experienced immigration opportunity who can offer guidance.
Join a number of Boston-area congregations to organize prayer vigils at the ICE Detention Center at South Bay. At these vigils we gather to show our support and solidarity with those detained by ICE, and recommit ourselves to taking meaningful action justice.
Many of us have discerned that this moment requires us to put more on the line for immigration justice. We are looking for people who are ready to escalate the resistance and engage in riskier actions.