March 4, 2018
Faith leaders gathered at the Georgia Capitol March 1, 2018 to speak out in a press conference about anti-immigrant legislation before the Georgia legislature this session. Particularly at issue was SB452 which would require local law enforcement agencies to detain any undocumented person they come into contact with and turn them over to federal authorities.
Rostered ministers representing the ELCA Southeastern Synod (pictured left to right above) were the Rev. Randy Palm, Pastor, Rock of Ages, Stone Mountain, GA; the Rev. Beverly Shaw, Associate Pastor, St. John's, Atlanta, GA; Deacon Melanie Johnson, Director of Community Engagement, Lutheran Services of Georgia; and the Rev. Karen Slappey, Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism, Redeemer, Atlanta, GA.
The press conference was sponsored by the Coalition of Refugee Services Agencies and Asian Americans Advancing Justice/Atlanta. A Facebook link to a video of the press conference may be found here.