‘Moral Monday’ protest against immigration policies to be held in El Paso


In this Aug. 31, 2018 file photo, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaks during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., and founder of Repairers of the Breach, a leadership development organization, was named one of this year’s MacArthur fellows by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. In 2017, Barber began a series of “Moral Monday” rallies outside the North Carolina state Capitol to protest laws that suppress voter turnout. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Some of the country’s biggest politically progressive religious leaders will be coming to El Paso to take part in a responsive action against current U.S. immigration policies in the first “Moral Monday in the Borderlands.”

The event is scheduled for July 28-29.

Moral Monday is being led by nationally renowned progressive faith leader Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, who has advocated the use of civil disobedience in order to create political change to issues of faith and consciousness. Previous protests have covered voting rights, environment, and racial justice issues.

Organizers say local clergy, faith leaders, and members of Congress have been invited to participate, and more than 215 have confirmed participation in the event, which will culminate with a large, non-violent protest Monday morning.

Previous ‘Moral Monday’ events have led to the arrest of participants who engage in acts of civil disobedience.

“We are going to Texas to demand an end to child detention,” Barber said. “We are demanding all refugees seeking asylum be granted the due process to do so. We are demanding equal protection under the law and the preservation of human rights. We demand the termination of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program, which puts migrants at risk for kidnapping, theft, extortion, and abuse. We demand an end to family separation.”

The Moral Monday events include:

  • A Mass meeting of clergy, faith leaders, and directly impacted families and advocates at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 901 Arizona Ave.
    • Featured speakers include Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II; Imam Omar Suleiman, Yaqeen Institute, Faith Forward Dallas; Rev. Terri Horde Owens, Christian Church/Disciples of Christ; Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Union of Reform Judaism; and Rev. Dr. Robin Tanner, Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Summit, N.J.
  • Nonviolent protest at 10 a.m. in El Paso

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