Jon Feinberg was the guest speaker last night at the Indivisible Swarthmore: Moving the Needle monthly organizing meeting. A partner at Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing and Feinberg LLP, his talk focused on the Muslim ban and how it affected refugees arriving at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), the New Sanctuary Movement in Philadelphia, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in southern Chester County.
Feinberg began his presentation by first asking attendees for a show of hands: how many had marched in protest since Trump was elected president; how many went to the PHL after the Trump signed his Executive Order on January 27th; and how many protested after ICE raids at suburban Philadelphia mushroom farms. Many hands went up after the first question, but none were raised after the last. The reason was simple, Feinberg stated. Unlike protests at PHL or City Hall in Philadelphia, which often had time to organize massive groups at a centralized, easily accessible location, ICE raids occur away from population centers and often before sunrise.
Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing and Feinberg LLP is a for-profit organization that often finds itself partnering with the ACLU to contest the actions of immigration officers on local immigrant community. Feinberg’s participation of aiding refugees detained at PHL on the evening of January 28th was assisted by Ayodele Gansallo, and attorney with HIAS PA, as well as the political clout of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney, Congressman Bob Brady, Senator Bob Casey, and City Councilwoman Helen Gym. You can read more about the events at PHL here.
Feinberg, a captivating speaker and storyteller, ended his presentation by encouraging members to get involved with the New Sanctuary Movement to support the estimated 50,000 undocumented workers in the greater Philadelphia area. Click here to learn more about the New Sanctuary Movement.