Welcome to week three of our physically distant #end287g campaign, in collaboration with ICE out of East TN and Students for Migrant Justice! Every week until mid-May, we will ask you to take action to urge Sheriff Spangler to end Knox County’s 287(g) program.
This week, we are asking folks to do two things:
First: Post a message to #end287g on social media and tag the Sheriff. Read on for a summary of this action, or click here for more details in English and Spanish.
For this action, we are asking artists of all ages and skill levels to create a poster, drawing, painting, slogan, sign, chalk art, or any other art that represents the cultural richness, diversity, and loving community of the Knoxville area.
Here are some suggested messages for your art:
- End 287(g)
- Love your neighbor
- We all belong
- Freedom of movement is a human right
- Keep families together
- Family separation ends here
- 287(g) hurts, community heals
- Immigrant rights are human rights
- Migration is beautiful
Once you have created your masterpiece, post it on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter with hashtags #end287g, #knoxvilleunited, #spanglerend287g, and share one reason why you believe anti-immigrant policies harm everyone. Tag the Knox County Sheriff’s Office @knoxcountysheriffsoffice on Facebook and Instagram, and @knoxsheriff on Twitter.
Second: Add your name to one or more sign-on letters against 287(g). These letters are different from the petition we asked you to sign during Week 1. Each letter is written by Knox-area representatives of various communities, constituencies, and vocations, and each offers a particular perspective on why Sheriff Spangler should end 287(g). All letters will be delivered in mid-May, during the final week of the present campaign.
The letters we know to be circulating at this time are:
- Youth or Student (of any grade or age)
- Educator (childcare workers; K-12 and post-secondary teachers; school support staff; retired educators)
- Health Care (practitioners; students in training; health care support staff; retired health professionals)
- Legal (lawyers; law-trained professionals; law students; retired legal professionals)
- Faith (people of any faith; lay leaders; clergy)
- Workplace Justice (people who support labor rights and justice for workers; union members and supporters; union staff)
Click any of the links above to read and sign any letters that represent the constituencies to which you belong.
After you take action, please encourage five friends to do the same!