Welcome the Stranger

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Update posted by San Diego Organizing Project On Nov 20, 2018

On Friday, Oct. 5, we invited people across the nation to help us send a larger-than-life message of hope to immigrants and refugees.

We launched a $1 million fundraising campaign to build a 40-foot sculpture of Mary in the likeness of the Statue of Liberty. Sculpture artist Jim Bliesner, pictured above, presented a small-scale model of the monument, titled "Welcome the Stranger."

Colorful Ribbons Represented Loved Ones Affected by Immigration Policy

Members of our San Ysidro community wrote the names of loved ones who have been affected by inhumane immigration policy on colorful ribbons.

Together, we tied each of these ribbons to a fence overlooking the border to dedicate the site of the Welcome the Stranger sculpture.

We expect the 40-foot sculpture to be finished at the San Ysidro hilltop at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in early 2019.

Will you join us to make history?

To learn more, check out our news coverage:

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Silver-level sponsor: Inscribe your name on a brick on the lower level of the Welcome the Stranger plaza.

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Gold-level sponsor: Inscribe your name or a message of your choice on a brick on the upper level of the Welcome the Stranger plaza.

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Platinum-level sponsor: Inscribe your name and message of your choice on a 24”x24” brick, which will be placed in prominent places in the plaza.

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