We Sanctuary

The Sanctuary Working Group (SWG) is a New School collective including TNS DREAM Team, undocumented and international students, allied students, and faculty and staff. SWG is working with faculty, staff and administration across the university to address deficits in creating a sanctuary campus that is safe and can provide adequate resources to members of its community affected by racist and anti-immigrant policies and everyday practices. The SWG also collaborates with similar groups at NYU, Columbia, and CUNY to create and sustain cross-campus coalitions across the city.

SWG operates with an expanded understanding of sanctuary that recognizes the multiple ways in which state-based geopolitics intersects with other forms of power exercised through inequalities of race, gender, sexuality, and class. In pushing for a sanctuary campus, SWG is in solidarity with a range of groups and issues beyond immigration. SWG opposes racist laws and policies, from the muslim ban to the repeal of DACA and TPS to encroachments on indigenous sovereignty to broken windows policing, and mass incarceration. SWG thinks about and works with all matters sanctuary not only in relation to universities but also to communities across the city, across the nation and across borders…


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