Sujitno takes Sanctuary

Posted: October 10, 2017 in for your reflection, resistance, Solidarity

In from Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance Conference

In defying a federal administration based on white supremacy and violence against people of color, Sujitno Sajuti, whom Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ordered to leave the United States by October 10, has taken sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden.

Sujitno has lived in West Hartford with his wife Dahlia for over thirty years. He first came to the United States in the 1980’s, to pursue advanced degrees from the University of Connecticut and Columbia University. Lacking options to gain status after his student visa expired, Sujitno chose to remain in Connecticut, where he established his home and deep community ties.

Sujitno is well-known throughout Connecticut as a cultural ambassador, educator, and activist. A steadfast believer in fostering unity through understanding, Sujitno regularly participates in multicultural and interfaith activities to teach about Indonesian traditions and the Qu’ran. He also dedicates much of his time to mentoring students in various academic subjects, as well as GED exam preparation. Sujitno also demonstrates his beliefs around justice and equality through participation in several grassroots and advocacy organizations across Connecticut.

Sujitno’s friends, peers, and students value him as a cherished part of the community. On the day Sujitno is set to be deported, we will protect him from persecution, and exclaim to the world that he must remain home!

Please sign the petition to support Sujitno here:

Facebook page for todays press conference is HERE.

For more info see HERE.




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