May 1: Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Solidarity

The NH Council of Churches has supported the vigils for immigrant justice for just about a full year! Let’s get strong turnout on Tuesday, May 1 to show the world that our hope is not dimmed and that we persist in standing with vulnerable immigrants.

We hope that you can attend yourself or help spread the word through churches to people who have not participated before! Below is a PDF flyer to print and hang. There’s also a Facebook event to share on social media. We hope that the announcement below you can copy into your church bulletins for Sunday, April 29.

We know that ICE has stepped up their work on arresting, detaining and deporting immigrant members of our churches. It’s time for us as Christians to increase our show of solidarity and prayer support for immigrants inside and outside our church walls!

Peace and all good,
Rev. Jason Wells, Executive Director

Download the flyer here (PDF).

Share the Facebook event page here.

Wording for a church bulletin to cut & paste:
May 1 is a national day of solidarity for immigrant rights, and an international day of action for worker rights. Please join us for an Interfaith Prayer Vigil outside of the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Norris Cotton federal building at 275 Chestnut Street in Manchester. The vigil will last from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.

We will stand in prayer, song and silence in solidarity with immigrants who have check-in appointments that day with ICE, and all who face the threat of detention and deportation.

Our message to immigrant families is “We stand with you.” Our message to ICE is “Let them stay. Stop separating families.”

We welcome people from all faith traditions to be with us, as well as those who do not identify with a faith tradition.

We will not be yelling; no handmade signs; this is not a rally. This event is peaceful, and is not designed to disrupt traffic or entry to the building.