April 18, 2017 > Compassion report
Submitted By Marie Annette Burkart, SNDdeN
It is one month since our Mayor and City Council unanimously voted that Fremont be a Sanctuary City. What does that mean for us? While there is no legal definition of Òsanctuary,Ó there is an understanding that it provides a sense of welcome, some safety and security, a place of peace and refuge. These qualities woven into FremontÔs history are foundational to her claim as a Compassionate City. Many people highlight these very qualities as reasons why they have moved to Fremont in the first place.
Some fear ÒsanctuaryÓ will lead to chaos and lawlessness. Yet it has long been the policy of the Fremont Police Department to enforce state, county and municipal laws seeking to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of the community regardless of their immigration status, and recognizing the dignity of all persons without regard to race, color or national origin.
So now it is up to us, the people of Fremont, to stand up for what is right, to educate ourselves and get to know our neighbor. Compassionate Fremont and FremontÕs Human Relations Commission are collaborating with the Fremont Library in an educational series called ÒFinding Common Ground.Ó The next event, ÒImmigration: Meet your Neighbor,Ó will be a panel of three Fremont residents sharing their immigration story, how they obtained citizenship and are now giving back to the community. It is important that we align ourselves with immigrants as our neighbor recognizing that we too are immigrants or descendants of immigrants.
We also invite you to join us for a ÒWe Are OneÓ rally sponsored by Compassionate Fremont and the Tri-City Interfaith Council as we stand up for climate change. We live in a unique time where the dichotomy between faith and science is diminishing. Science continues to reveal many wonders of creation and our interrelatedness. Educated faith shows us how to care for one another and this fragile eco-system, our planet, the sanctuary we call home.
Please join us at these events:
Immigration: Meet your Neighbor
Monday, April 24
7 -- 8:30 pm
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd.
We Are One
Thursday, April 27
5:30 -- 6:30
The corner of Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue