Detroit Jews for Justice partners with Muslim community in #CloseTheCamps demonstration at Dearborn Police Department.
Photography Courtesy of Allie Zeff
On Tuesday, Detroit Jews for Justice, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Michigan and Bend the Arc: Ann Arbor hosted a demonstration at the Dearborn Police Department.
Members of all communities, including Jews and Muslims, came out to support the demand to an end of Dearborn Police’s contract with ICE.
The demonstration attracted over 200 people and included speakers ranging from rabbis, Muslim community leaders and immigrant rights activists. Rep. Andy Levin, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Debbie Dingell also addressed demonstrators.
Detroit Jews for Justice was motivated by the national #CloseTheCamps movement in order to put an end to immigrant detention at the border. “The experience of immigration, of exodus, is a cornerstone of what it means to be Jewish,” Rabbi Alana Alpert, executive director of Detroit Jews for Justice and rabbi at Congregation T’chiyah said in a press release. “We are mandated by tradition to pursue justice by loving our neighbors publicly and proudly — that means seeking liberation for the captured and safety for all in our midst.”
According to the press release, the Dearborn Police detained 1,333 immigrants in 2018 and is “an active player in unjust detentions and deportations.”
“We were so moved by the outpouring of support from the Jewish community. I saw leaders and members of Kol Ami, Beth Emet, Beth Israel, Birmingham Temple and more,” Alpert said. “I’m hopeful about what this could mean for the future of Jewish social justice in this region.”
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