what is sanctuary?
"Sanctuary is a place that promotes the freedom of expression through dialogue and activism. A place in which the dignity and integrity of every individual as a human being is respected and preserved.
Sanctuaries of safety will look different depending on local circumstances. But in a sanctuary space, we will all agree on a number of core principles such as being united to protect immigrants from deportation forces, preventing ICE from infecting local law enforcement, protecting Muslims from a religious registry, surveillance & harassment, united against police brutality and stop and frisk and united against misogyny and for womxns’ rights."
What makes a sanctuary home?
Living our values. Our homes are a place of integrity and dignity for all.
Educating ourselves and our families on our collective rights, such as the 4th and 5th Amendments.
Following fair employment practices in our own homes. Donating money, time or other resources (grocery shopping, ride shares) to frontline communities or people being targeted.
Extending solidarity and sanctuary beyond immigrants to people of color, people with disabilities, and others being targeted. Organizing with others to create widening circles of sanctuary and participating in other campaigns and actions led by frontline communities.
Attending training(s) on rapid response and community defense.
Why sanctuary homes?
Living our politics begins at home. For those of us who are employers of domestic workers—among the people who have been and will be most targeted in this political moment—one big thing we can do is support the women, people of color, and/or immigrants who work in our homes.
For those of us who aren’t employers or care consumers, our homes can still serve as a center of moral action, transforming where we live into a foundation for building the world as it should be.
In New York and California alone, close to 3.5 million households employ domestic workers to provide care for children, support for seniors and people with disabilities, and housecleaning. The majority of these domestic workers are women, and of these, a majority are foreign born, women of color.
But whether or not you have a direct connection to domestic workers, all of our homes can be an important frontline in opposing and resisting the policies of the new administration and 115th Congress.
At the heart of the #SanctuaryHomes campaign are concrete steps that individuals and families can work through and adopt in their own homes. While many of these are designed specifically for domestic employers, there are items in each step that we all can do.
We ask all of you to commit to doing your best to make your home a sanctuary home. It’s not enough to do this behind closed doors. We need to show our neighbors, our communities, and our elected officials that this is a movement.
Sanctuary & solidarity
Solidarity is multi-directional. This administration poses its own risk to everyone’s wellbeing. Efforts to undermine or dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act have already begun. The Muslim travel ban is an unprecedented attack on Muslim Americans and their basic civil rights. LGBTQI, people with disabilities—none of these communities are safe from this administration and Congress.
Built into the #SanctuaryHomes campaign is the reality that all of us, workers and employers, neighbors and local business owners, will need to support each other in various scenarios, around immigration, policing, and around defending hard won protections and programs that make it possible for all of us to live and work with dignity.
Our movement knows solidarity. In the domestic worker movement, we’ve always organized under the basic premise that workers and employers can resist the forces pitting them against each other and together advocate for fair, dignified jobs and affordable, quality care.
#SanctuaryHomes reflects what we’ve always known: the personal and the political are inseparable, and it all begins at home. We call on employers, especially, to make their home a #SanctuaryHome—and we invite everyone to join us.
about hand in Hand
Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants, our families and allies, who are grounded in the conviction that dignified and respectful working conditions benefit worker and employer alike. We envision a future where people live in caring communities that recognize all of our interdependence. To get there, we support employers to improve their employment practices, and to collaborate with workers to change cultural norms and public policies that bring dignity and respect to domestic workers and all of our communities. Find out more at domesticemployers.org.