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Tobin: 'we are the no'.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Beneath the curved wooden ceiling at Bethany Baptist Church, New Jersey's faith leaders vowed to stand alongside those targeted under the White House agenda--and build their own wall of resistance to President Donald Trump's policies.

Faith in New Jersey, an interfaith coalition advocating for social justice, convened imams, pastors, priests and rabbis on May 4 to urge action amid swift changes to immigration enforcement and health care.

The archbishop of Newark. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, addressed the interfaith gathering, sharing a poignant scene from a novel about Italian fascism.

"What keeps despots, dictators awake at night, what topples evil empires is the little person who goes into the square in the middle of town in the dark of the night and scrawls on the wall, 'No.' and I want to say to you, we are the No that God scrawls on the wall," Tobin said. "We are the No to a nation who is heartless, who would deport people, separating them from their families and their loved ones simply because they are victims of a broken system."

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Title Annotation:Joseph Tobin
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Date:May 19, 2017
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