Houses of worship step up to protect immigrants in DC

IMMIGRATION | The District is a sanctuary city, which means it welcomes refugees and undocumented immigrants, and law enforcement does not coordinate with ICE. Many organizations and individuals in the city are taking protection to another level, especially houses of worship. Congregations and church leaders are having “know your rights” sessions for immigrants, hosting those in danger of deportation and teaching others how to be good allies. (WCP, 3/2)

Houses of worship in D.C. have done this kind of work before. In the 1980s, several provided sanctuary for Central American refugees fleeing civil war. Right now, nearly 100,000 immigrants live in the District, and more than 11 million live in the U.S.

In D.C., Temple Sinai is among the first congregations to publicly offer sanctuary. “We declare ourselves to be a Sanctuary Congregation willing to host in our building temple employees, their families, and certain other members of our community who might need temporary protection as they seek to address their immigration status,” reads a letter signed by Rabbi Jonathan Roos and posted to the temple’s Facebook page. Far from the city’s Latin American enclave, Temple Sinai’s board voted Feb. 15 on the measure, which is meant to include immigrants connected to the temple’s many service programs.

HOMELESSNESSAdvocates And Critics Of D.C.’s Planned New Homeless Shelters Go Head To Head At Zoning Marathon (WAMU, 3/2)

HOUSING | A Montgomery County-commissioned rental housing study found the county needs 20,000 affordable rental homes to meet the demand. (Bethesda Beat, 3/2)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, discusses why the Institute for CSR is valuable for CSR professionals. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 3/2)

Related: Registration deadline for the 2017 Institute for CSR extended to March 8. Click here to learn more or to download an application.

RACIAL EQUITY/WORKFORCE | A new report, Still Looking for Work: Unemployment in DC Highlights Racial Inequity, by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute found that Black DC residents are the only racial/ethnic group whose unemployment rate is higher than it was pre-recession. (DCFPI, 3/2)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | People caught with a small amount of marijuana will not be provided a court appointed lawyer, according to a new Arlington County policy. (ARLnow, 3/2)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Column: Williams: Transgender youths need support against discrimination (Richmond Times, 3/2)

NONPROFITNational Council of Nonprofits Launches Coalition Campaign to Oppose Repeal of Johnson Amendment (NPQ, 3/2)

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