In my post yesterday and in tweeting, I asked for resources on protests and other ways to do something about the concentration camps that the Trump administration is setting up for immigrants. Many thanks to those of you who responded!
First, call your congressional delegation, and keep calling.
In New York City, art installations represent children in cages, with audio from the camps. Police are taking the installations down. They were developed by an ad agency for RAICES, which works for refugees. More about RAICES below.
Portland, Maine, has set up emergency shelters for refugees from Angola and Congo. They come through Central America and Mexico to the US southern border, where they ask for asylum from wars in their countries. I’d love to say contact the mayor and tell him he’s doing a great job, or even send money (they need it), but his page has a funny email link that doesn’t work for me. Maybe it’ll work for you. Or perhaps this could be an example for your community.
I haven’t done any more than check out websites for the following organizations. I suspect that they are all legit, and some, like the American Friends Service Committee, obviously are.
American Friends Service Committee is planning to demonstrate against the Homestead, Florida, detention center this Sunday, June 16. They will livestream the action at their website. The website also shows other demonstrations they are organizing In Washington, Oregon, California, and several eastern states, including West Virginia.
RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), the organization sponsoring the New York installations, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. They have offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Twitter: @RAICESTexas
Annunciation House is a Christian group (Catholic, I think) that advocates for “those with no voice.” They are acting according to the Biblical precepts that others seem to have forgotten. “Accompanying the migrant, homeless and economically vulnerable peoples of the border since 1978.”
La Resistencia – Here is their description of themselves:
NWDC Resistance is a grassroots undocumented led movement that works to end the detention of immigrants and stop all deportations. Under the umbrella of the national #Not 1More campaign, NWDC Resistance supports and follows the leadership of those detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington demanding better treatment and conditions and the stop to all deportations.
They have Solidarity Days most Saturdays 8-11AM and/or 1-4PM outside the NWDC.
Witness: Tornillo. Target: Homestead (@TornilloWitness) A group protesting the Homestead, Florida, detention center.
@NoKidsInCagesUS doesn’t give a description of themselves. Retweets other relevant organizations.