We are very saddened that Ravi Ragbir, the Executive Director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, was detained this morning. According to the latest news, he passed out when he received the news and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance (see video attached). As you may already know, Ravi is a passionate and caring community leader who has helped countless people facing deportation in spite of his own difficulties with immigration. We are so grateful to the New Sanctuary Clinic for collaborating with RIF over the past year and helping so many of our clients.
We witnessed amazing solidarity in action at 26 Federal Plaza this morning, where the Jericho Walk turned into a protest in support of Ravi and his family, as well as the immediate brutal response of the police toward so many nonviolent protesters, which included many members of the clergy and the city council.
If you want to know more or join the resistance, go to the New Sanctuary website or social media. There will be another protest today at 5pm outside the detention center at 201 Varick St.