Sanctuary

In asking the question ‘how will we live together?’, we look to the spaces in the city where abolitionist and liberatory imaginaries are practiced: the urban sanctuary network.            



“The sanctuary movement, in its various aspects, shows us that there is a whole city within the city we currently know. An invisible “seventh city” made of neighbors not only giving and taking solidarity, but with languages, practices, knowledges and capacities capable of helping the whole city reimagine itself.”

    — Vicente Rubio-Pueyo, 2019 


We have seen an acceleration in the United States’ racist immigration policies, the criminalization of migrant bodies, and their detention and deportation. Violations against migrants’ and refugees’ rights are most visible along national borders and airports, but they extend deeper into cities, neighborhoods, public spaces, institutions, and homes.

Resistance against such violations has been staged by the sanctuary movement and the refusal to collaborate with immigration enforcement agencies. The notion of “sanctuary” in religious terms means to be “set apart”. In political movements, sanctuary spaces refer to spaces of physical safety. In the United States, it can be traced back to the stowaway houses and escape routes of the abolitionist movement.

In asking the question ‘how will we live together?’, we look to the spaces in the city where abolitionist and liberatory imaginaries are practiced: the urban sanctuary network.

Sources:

Gottesdiener, Laura, and Cinthya Santos-Briones. “It Has Been 210 Days Since Amanda Morales Last Saw the Sun.” The Nation, 30 Dec. 2019.

Ibarra, Cristina and Alex Rivera, directors. The Infiltrators. Oscilloscope Laboratories, 2019.

“Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition: I Was Detained Because of Our Immigration Activism.” Democracy Now!, www.democracynow.org/2018/1/30/ravi_ragbir_of_the_new_sanctuary.

Somoslacélula, director. Tactics of Solidarity in the Era of Mass Deportation / Tácticas de solidaridad en la era de la deportación masiva. Vimeo, July 19, 2019, vimeo.com/349063794.

Advisors: Nora Akawi, Ziad Jamaleddine, Eduardo Rega
Students: Yingxiao Chen, Austin McInnis
Models by: Austin McInnis