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July 13, 2015

Refugee & Immigration Ministries Invites All to Celebrate a Month of Freedom

In an effort to urge the United States to end family detention, activists for refugee families across the nation are instituting the #freefamilies handle for social media. The goal of this campaign is to provide a human face to the injustice of family detention.

The idea is simple: for families to take selfies of themselves holding a sign calling on the administration to end family detention that includes the hashtag #FreeFamilies. Families can also explain why they want to end family detention on the sign.

Refugee & Immigration Ministries along with other partners will collect the selfies and make a collage using storyboard that will be presented to government officials urging an end to family detention.

For more information on the campaign and other refugee advocacy efforts for the month of July, go to the Disciples Home Missions' Refugee & Immigration Ministries page.

You can help spread the word

Sample Facebook posts

1. Send us your Selfie!

July 8-23 Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries is joining with other faith communities and doing a social media campaign this July to raise awareness about family detention. And-- we NEED YOU!!!!

2. Send us a photo of your family expressing why we should end family detention! You can tweet it to us (@StanleyRea) or post it on our Facebook page or email Sharon Stanley-Rea at: sstanley@dhm.disciples.org Please also use the hashtag #freefamilies

Sample Tweets

Tweet us selfies of your families holding a sign explaining why family detention is wrong with #FreeFamilies and we will RT you!

We believe family detention violates human rights. Tweet us selfies of your family telling us why we must #FreeFamilies

(Attach image of organization office holding signs)

Tweet us selfies of your family holding a sign explaining why you oppose family detention! #FreeFamilies

Help show your support for all families by sending us a picture of your family with a sign explaining why you say #FreeFamilies

Statement Opposing the Global Gag Rule

Disciples Justice Action Network joined Disciples for Choice and others in signing a statement opposing the global gag rule. To read the statement, please CLICK HERE.

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