Sanctuary Cities

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Standing in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice encourages efforts to become Sanctuary cities, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and campuses. 

Offering sanctuary - a safe place that honors dignity and worth - is a tradition drawn from many of our faiths. 

There are several movements toward making bay area cities into "sanctuary cities" and even makubg California a "sanctuary state" through SB 54, the California Values Act

Local communities of all faiths can also be sanctuary congregations. If you are interested in learning what it means to become a sanctuary congregation for your own place of worship, attend this information meeting on July 13 sponsored by MVPJ, or contact us by emailing info@multifaithpeace.org

Historically, several congregations in Palo Alto have given sanctuary.  In the 1960's, some churches gave sanctuary to conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War.  In the 1980's many congregations gave sanctuary to Central American refugees.  During the First Gulf War (1991), First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto gave sanctuary to conscientious objectors. Generally, giving sanctuary is seen as a faith-based act of civil disobedience.