Organize where you live

How do we take our commitment to sanctuary and solidarity, and translate that to how we show up in our homes, neighborhoods, and at the wider community level? How can our organizing help us not only resist, but live our vision and values of interdependence and mutual care?

It can be difficult to know where to start. That's why we've put together: What Can I Do? An employer checklist and organizing chart. Use it to navigate the range of actions you can take, and get started below.  

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at home

If you employ someone in your home, start there. It may seem small, but to the person you employ and to your family, it's the most important thing you can do—and the impact is tangible and immediate. 

  • Download a sign for your door or window. 

  • Have the conversation with the person that works in your home. 

  • Educate and prepare yourself and your family. 

  • Prepare with your employee.

  • Be a Fair Care Employer.

  • Offer your employee an NDWA membership to connect them to other domestic workers. 

 

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neighbors & network

One of our principles is "organize your people first." This is a space you can be effective in getting more people involved—and making sure they're trained before showing up to support targeted communities.  

  • Sign up to host a #SanctuaryHomes Kitchen Table Conversation—we'll help you set it up. 
  • Go door to door with window/door signs and know your rights information (see resources)

  • Be of service. Work with neighbors to develop ride shares for workers going home late, networks that can take on grocery shopping, and more.  

  • Join upcoming #SanctuaryHomes webinars as they're announced. 

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wider community

Immigrant rights, racial justice and other community groups have been organizing for years to defend targeted communities. Don't reinvent the wheel! Find out what they need and how you can support them.  

  • Use the list of organizations on our resources page as a starting point. 
  • Don't see anything in your area? Contact churches and other religious congregations, libraries, and/or friendly elected officials to get connected to local efforts.

  • Need help connecting to other groups? Email us and we'll support you. 

  • Text "HOMES" to 877877 to receive action alerts for your area from #HereToStay. 

 

 
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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
— Martin Niemoller