Don’t let the horror of what’s happening in our country paralyze you. The situation is not new (see the History of Concentration Camps in the US) but because there is heightened awareness, we are in a moment of possible change. Below are things that you can do to help with the humanitarian crisis created by inhumane immigration policies. This is not a time to sit back. Please do at least one of these suggestions.
- Migrant Justice, our statewide organizing group for immigrant farmworkers in Vermont.
- American Civil Liberties Union is focusing on defending the rights of immigrant families
- The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a non-profit focused on “providing free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas
- Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is “helping families at the US border get legal advice and translation services,” and is interviewing families to document what is happening to ensure they are reunited as quickly as possible.
- The Florence Project provides free legal services to detained immigrants in Arizona.
Project Corazon Travel Fund to send more lawyers (particularly Spanish-speaking immigration lawyers) to the detention centers and refugee camps where help is desperately needed.
- Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps.: a national day of action to close the migrant and refugee camps that have been created along the US-Mexico border and inside the interior, and to let all the migrants and refugees into the country with protected status. So far, there are 12 events across Vermont.
- July 16, Never Again Action in Washington, DC
- July 16, 6pm Hartford Selectboard, July 30 direct action – No Polimigra (Police and ICE collaboration) — United Valley Interfaith Project in Collaboration with Migrant Justice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
- Showings of “Undeterred,” a documentary film about community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona:
- July 25, 7pm, Essex United Methodist Church, Essex Jct, part of the Lt Gov’s film series on July 25, followed by a panel. More info here.
- Aug 15, 6pm, Peace & Justice Ctr, Burlington. More info pending.
- Aug 21-24, Immigration Solidarity Walk to Dover, New Hampshire Correctional Facility –organized by Granite State Organizing Project (granitestateorganizing.org). Also a contingent of Vermonters will bike from Montpelier to Dover. VT Interfaith Action (viavt.org) is organizing this.
- Community Voices for Immigrant Rights organizing meeting. Monday, July 22, 5:30-7:30. At Rights and Democracy in Burlington. Dinner at 5:30. Meeting at 6:00. Childcare provided. Bring donation to cover dinner costs.
Call Senator Leahy:
Tell him “Not one more dollar for the camps!” 802-863-2525 or 800-624-3193. Leahy voted in favor of the funding bill that was supposed to have restriction on how it could be spent. Those restrictions have already (and not surprisingly) been disregarded. (See article by Noah Lanard below.)
- ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits, Noah Lanard
- Close the Concentration Camps, Jason Akers Chacón
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking up Homeland Security
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