Sanctuary Caravan in the Press

"Communion at the border wall in Tijuana" --Alejandra Oliva, The Christian Century, February 6, 2019

"That Sunday though, walking up to the border wall to receive communion, I felt like I was pinned to the center of everything. Between Mexico and the United States, between land and sea, between hard days and harder ones." Alegandra Oliva, New Sanctuary Coalition Sanctuary Caravan volunteer

"PT activists travel to border "--Lily Haight, The Leader, January 16, 2019

In Port Townsend, three women heard the call. From Dec. 22 to Jan.1, they forewent holiday parties and Christmas celebrations to travel to the U.S.-Mexican border at Tijuana to help asylum seekers eat, regain strength and find hope.

"What I learned being part of the Sanctuary Caravan"--Jodie Evans, Portside, January 14, 2019

"Supporting almost 10,000 people in a process that is long, legal, complex and set up to fail for them is no easy task. Each story is powerful, heart-wrenching and complicated. "

"Eau Claire woman's time helping immigrants at border impactful--Julian Emerson, January 12, 2019

 “I am of Mexican descent, and as I listened to them, I thought of my parents, of the hardships they endured, of all they went through ... I felt I had to do something to help these people who also face so many challenges.”  Mireya Sigala, New Sanctuary Coaltion Sanctuary Caravan volunteer

"Gardiner Woman Heads To US-Mexico Border To Join ‘Sanctuary Caravan’" --Main Public Radio, January 8, 2019

"It’s the idea of meeting and greeting all of these people that have traveled thousands of miles in their caravan. And we’re supposed to just help them with being their support, witnessing, hearing their stories and helping them relate their stories. Not speaking for them ever.”  Gail Mackinson, New Sanctuary Coalition Sanctuary Caravan volunteer

"Voyages of the Damned" --Roberta Schine, Portside, January 3, 2019

"When I was a child, my parents used to tell us the story of the St. Louis. Now we are comparing the Central American exodus to this doomed ocean-liner. “We sometimes refer to the caravan as the ‘St. Louis' aka "The Voyage of the Damned'."

"A visit to the border with New Sanctuary Coalition" --The Christian Century, January 3, 2019

"[But] the situation at the border—the militarization, the ongoing separation of families—exposes the fraudulence of American innocence concerning the disinheritance of nonwhite people. It compromises the moral fiber of our nation." Willie Dwayne Francois III, New Sanctuary Coalition Sanctuary Caravan volunteer

"Christmas at the border: Volunteers spend their holiday helping migrants" --WNYC, December 25, 2018

"I am here to say you are wanted and you are already actually part of our community. So I'm here as a community member to send that message." Cat Rodriguez, New Sanctuary Coalition Sanctuary Caravan volunteer

"Organizan apoyo local a caravana de migrantes en la frontera" --NY1 Noticias, December 22, 2018

"Ayudar a tantas personas que están escapando, que están realmente descampado de la violencia y la muerte", Padre Fabian Arias, voluntario de New Sanctuary Coalition Sanctuary Caravan

"To help so many people who are escaping, who are really getting out of the violence and death", points out [Father Fabian] Arias.Organizan apoyo local a caravana de migrantes en la fronteraOrganizan apoyo local a caravana de migrantes en la frontera

"Ravi Ragbir and Joan Racho-Jansen report back from the border" -- The Michael Slate Show, KPFK, December 21, 2018

"We have large collective words, but each one of these people has a name, has a story, has a right to migrate." -Joan Racho-Jansen, New Sanctuary Coaltion Sanctuary Caravan volunteer

"Volunteers Pledge to Help Migrants Seek Asylum for at Least 40 Days" --KPBS, December 19, 2018

"People who may have some legal background can work at the pro se clinics to make sure people are able to advocate for themselves. And we also have very mundane roles like drivers, cooks, and those kinds of roles that have to support the movement in order for it to be successful." Felipe Cook, New Sanctuary Coaltion Sanctuary Caravan volunteer

"New Sanctuary Coalition Aids Immigrants Targeted by Trump Administration" --Between the Lines, December 19, 2018

"It’s not just about the border because when they come across they will need to go to their destinations, so if it’s in CT, we will find a way to get them to CT and to continue to support them through the process."

"U.S. activist leads fight for asylum seekers" --Al Jazeera English, December 19, 2018

"We are not going to be confrontational. The goal of ICE and CBP is to scare you into doing nothing. If we do nothing, we lose.."

"Sara Gozalo on Sanctuary Caravan" --Asheville FM, December 7, 2018

"The gassing of migrants who are trying to cross the border is just the latest tactic of a system that's racist and unjust, ant that's been doing violence for decades." 

"Back from the Border" --Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 7, 2018

The aim of Sanctuary Caravan, Murray explained, is to “meet, witness and accompany people.”
Among other actions, Sanctuary Caravan will train volunteers to walk people to the border and to help migrants on the U.S. side of the border, in San Diego, get to shelters.
And they’re calling for thousands of volunteers to go to the border. “We view that as an act of non-violent disobedience,” Murray said.

"NYC Volunteers Prepare to Offer Moral Support to Migrants"--WNYC, December 4, 2018

New Sanctuary leaders emphasized their goal is not to make waves but to accompany asylum-seekers at a difficult juncture and to add more humanity to the process. "If you're an asshole to a CBP officer, the CBP officer will take it out on your friend," warned Sara Gozalo, of New Sanctuary Coalition, which refers to immigrants as "friends."

"NYC Faith Leaders Administer Aid (And Wedding Vows) To Sanctuary Caravan In Tijuana" -- Gothamist, November 28, 2018

Minister Heaven Berhane, one of the faith leaders who had come down with the Sanctuary Caravan, wondered aloud why the United Nations was not playing a more active role in what had very clearly become a refugee camp along the U.S. border. “Last year, I was on the island of Lesbos in Greece, visiting a refugee camp, and what I’m seeing here in Tijuana is… I’m having flashbacks,” said Berhane, who came to America as a one-year-old refugee from Eritrea.

"New York Sanctuary Caravan to bear witness, offer assistance to migrants on both sides of the U.S. border" -- United Church of Christ News, November 27, 2018

The Coalition hopes the Sanctuary Caravan will be a long-term effort with a physical presence on both sides of the border. The project includes a clinic on the Mexico side helping people prepare to present themselves to CBP; U.S. citizens who will accompany those crossing the border to witness and wait for them to be released; and volunteer networks to help them connect with organizations and resources that will continue to offer safety and support.

"'Sanctuary Caravan' to Assist Migrants at U.S.-Mexico Border" -- Democracy Now!, November 15, 2018

In New York, the immigrant rights group the New Sanctuary Coalition has launched a “Sanctuary Caravan” to assist migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the Central American caravans. The Sanctuary Caravan will bring volunteers to the border, where some are planning to camp out for 40 days and 40 nights as they offer assistance on both sides of the border.

"NYC immigrant rights group organizing caravan of activists to aid migrants at the border" -- Metro USA, November 14, 2018

“This is not a protest. This is working in solidarity with people so they may cross the border and continue their right to ask for asylum as both U.S. and international law says they have a right to do,” Gozalo said. “We are not there to create chaos — quite the opposite. We are there to make it as efficient and as nonchaotic as possible, to process as many people as possible on every single day.”