I was recently arrested arrested for civil disobedience during a protest in Lower Manhattan against our unjust immigration system as part of the Faith Over Fear Week of Action & Resistance.
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It was my choice. I and 27 other clergy members and supporters had signed up for it in conjunction with Faith in New York. They prepped us, told us what to expect and coordinated legal help, so I was unafraid of any consequences, but that experience opened my eyes.
We were arrested for blocking traffic in front of an immigration detention center at 201 Varick St., as hundreds of protestors looked on, and were detained for five hours in a dehumanizing criminal justice system. The jail cells were uncomfortable and depressing, there was a jarring lack of privacy and the inescapable vulnerable feeling of losing all personal liberty. But as intense as it was, I know I
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