“Faithful Resistance – Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime” at Theology Uncorked

    December 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    St. Frances Cabrini Parish
    3201 E Presidio Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    Rev. John Fife, founding member of the Sanctuary movement, will be speaking on humanitarian aid.

    Rev. John Fife

    “Rev. John Fife is a retired Presbyterian minister, human rights advocate and a founding member of the Sanctuary movement. Between 1982 and 1992, some 15,000 Central Americans came through his church, Southside Presbyterian Church, seeking asylum after fleeing civil war and death squads in their home countries.

    No More Deaths began in 2004 in the form of a coalition of community and faith groups dedicated to stepping up efforts to stop the deaths of migrants in the desert and to achieving the enactment of a set of Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform.

    In 2002, Fife helped start the Samaritan Patrol along the Mexico- Arizona border. Its purpose is to help relieve the suffering of migrants by offering food and water, and advocating for a more humane border policy.

    In 2011, No More Deaths published A Culture of Cruelty, documenting three years of abuse that thousands of immigration detainees had endured.

    In January,2017, Scott Warren, a volunteer for No More Deaths, was arrested and charged with harboring migrants. His arrest followed the release of a video by No More Death of a Border Patrol agent destroying water jugs left in the desert for migrants.

    The talk will focus on how faith communities can support Scott Warren and the other 9 volunteers who face criminal charges for providing humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees in the Sonoran Desert borderlands.”

    Theology Uncorked is a free program for theological reflection, good conversation, delicious wines and fresh popcorn! This program is offered usually on the first Monday of each month with presentations, movies, etc., which allow us to further examine our lives as it relates to Christ’s teachings. You are welcome to bring snacks or a bottle of wine to share as we delve into our theology! All are welcome to join us!


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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