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Immigration and Sanctuary Action Items from Previous Months

September 2020 Actions:

Take Action: Add your name to United We Dream’s petition urging decreased funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) due to the violence the agencies employ. Here’s the demand: “Immigrants and people of color are under attack by ICE and CBP. We cannot continue to fund these agencies. Instead, you must cut funding of the detention and deportation machine and take immediate action against more money to target our communities.” Find out more and sign here: https://unitedwedream.org/get-your-free-sticker-and-demand-no-more-money-for-ice-cbp/.

Provide Needed Items: Hunger is a big problem facing increasing members of our community during this pandemic and economic crisis. Locate and donate to your local food bank (http://www.seattlefoodcommittee.org/food-bank-map/) or meal program (http://www.mealspartnership.org/meal-serviceprogram-information/). Organize a food drive in your neighborhood to increase your impact!

Give a Monetary Donation to the Covid-19 Survival Fund for the People for undocumented individuals in King County, organized by the Mutual Aid Solitary Network: https://www.gofundme.com/f/covid19-survival-fund-for-the-people. Donations go to food pantries, distributing masks and hand sanitizer, and assisting families of those detained at the Northwest Detention Center.

August 2020 Actions:

Take Action: The election season is upon us and many state and federal seats are up for grabs. Take time to research candidates’ immigration policies. If you can’t find the information on the campaign’s website, send an inquiry and tell the candidate these issues matter to you. Inform candidates and their campaigns of your specific policy concerns, such as making DACA permanent, providing unemployment and health assistance for undocumented persons, and comprehensive immigration reform. Talk to your friends and families about the importance of immigration policies and educate them about the issues and the candidates’ policies. Finally, make sure everyone is registered to vote. King County residents can check their voter registration information here: https://info.kingcounty.gov/kcelections/vote/myvoterinfo.aspx?mode=BBDEDACBFBAAEA.

Provide Needed Items: In light of Covid-19, many physical donations have been put on hold, but the AIDNW Hospitality House continues to accept items sent through Amazon or directly to 1915 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405. Check out the latest list of needed items to help detainees released from the NW Detention Center here https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/24RV3TX9BJ6KN/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist.

Give a Monetary Donation to the Covid-19 relief fund for undocumented individuals in Washington: https://www.scholarshipjunkies.org/relief. Donations go directly to families in need who do not qualify for state or federal Covid-related assistance.

July 2020 Actions:

Take Action: Read about the increased threat of deportation faced by black immigrants. Then call your state and federal legislators, Governor Inslee, and other officials to express your concerns and advocate for reform of the immigration system to eliminate racism. Here are a couple resources, for example: Jeremy Raff, The ‘Double Punishment’ for Black Undocumented Immigrants,  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/the-double-punishment-for-black-immigrants/549425/; & The Movement for Black Lives, A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, & Justice, https://neweconomy.net/sites/default/files/resources/20160726-m4bl-Vision-Booklet-V3.pdf and the specific paper discussing “the war on Black immigrants,” https://docs.google.com/document/d/17u7qxt39GSqHwIOtdPzfVAB5eY-4_RkISND5nPv4QYo/edit.

Provide Needed Items: Help detainees released from the NW Detention Center travel safely to their new location with a quality, TSA-approved duffel bag or send craft items that can be enjoyed by detainees awaiting release. Approved craft items, duffel bags, and other needed items can be found here https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/BY4IDXRS8GU1?type=GiftList and sent through Amazon or directly to AIDNW Hospitality House, 1915 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405.

Give a Monetary Donation to the Jewish Coalition’s Fair Fight Bond Fund to help immigrants post bond and live with their families in the community while their immigration case is decided: https://fairfightbondfund.org/jcijnw/.

May/June 2020 Actions:

Take Action: Contact your state legislators and urge them to create a Washington State Worker Relief Fund that provides economic assistance to undocumented Washingtonians impacted by Covid-19 and create a permanent system that gives undocumented immigrants access to unemployment insurance. Contact your legislators directly, find contact information at http://leg.wa.gov/LIC/Pages/hotline.aspx, or through this link to WAISN’s action item: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/create-a-washington-worker-relief-fund.

Provide Needed Items: Congregation Beth Shalom’s Immigration Committee partners with the Church Council of Greater Seattle to house and support asylum seekers. There is a need for rent and food assistance, as the current situation with coronavirus is causing financial insecurity for many. Beth Shalom has $25 Safeway gift cards that you can purchase and donate. To do so, To do so, simply Click here to email Lauren Fellows and we can bill your account. We will then mail the donated gift cards to the Church Council for distribution to families in need.

Provide Needed Items: Help detainees released from the NW Detention Center land on their feet. Send much needed items through Amazon directly to the AID NW hospitality welcome center, https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/BY4IDXRS8GU1?type=GiftList.

Give a Monetary Donation to the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which provides legal representation to migrant children in detention in the U.S. and is at the forefront of fighting to protect migrant children from the coronavirus, https://www.centerforhumanrights.org/donate

Give a Monetary Donation to Al Otro Lado’s humanitarian fund, https://alotrolado.networkforgood.com/projects/96006-covid-19-migrant-humanitarian-fund, which provides emergency funds to migrant families impacted by Covid-19 and the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (Remain in Mexico) The fund will support Al Otro Lado and key frontline serving organizations to cover unexpected costs due to unforeseen humanitarian impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

April 2020 Actions:

Take Action: The ACLU is requesting messages be sent demanding the release of juveniles being held in Cowlitz County. Please read the link below and send a message to ICE. https://action.aclu.org/send-message/tell-ice-release-juveniles-cowlitz-county

Take Action: Reports from persons detained at the Northwest Detention Center indicate there are at least 19 cases of COVID-19 at NWDC. While Governor Inslee has offered to monitor and communicate about what is going on at NWDC, we need him to do more.During a state of emergency, the Governor has emergency powers to “help preserve and maintain life, health, property or the public peace.” He has already used those powers to encourage social distancing for non-detained people by halting gatherings of 50 or more. But what about detained people? Please call and email the Governor today and ask him to use his emergency powers to release people from the NWDC. As a business, GEO Group should have to abide by Inslee’s moratorium on gatherings of 50 people or more. Calls can be placed to Governor Jay Inslee, 360-902-4111; David Postman, Chief of Staff, 360-902-4112; Alejandro Sanchez, Special Assistant, 360-902-4124; Molly Voris, Senior Policy Advisor, Public Health and Health Care, 360-902-0557. Send emails to: david.postman@gov.wa.govAlejandro.Sanchez@gov.wa.govmolly.voris@gov.wa.gov.

 

Take Action: Help improve conditions at the NW Detention Center, and continue to put the spotlight on them in effort to shut it down! People detained at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) are not being given any information about COVID-19, nor are they being protected and considered as people who are incredibly vulnerable to the Coronavirus. We know past outbreaks of mumps and varicella have spread throughout the detention center, and that medical neglect of everyone detained is the daily norm, not the exception. Call the below members of the Tacoma Board of Public Health and ask them to (1) Tell the public and detained people what your plans are for addressing an outbreak of COVID-19 at NWDC and (2) Call publicly for ICE and GEO Group to release all detained people with compromised immune systems/pregnant people/people over 60, put a moratorium on all detention and transfers, and shut down the detention center.

  • Catherine Ushka, Board Chair & Tacoma City Council Member, (253) 594-7848
  • Derek Young, Vice Chair & Pierce County Council Member, (253)798-6654
  • Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive, (253) 798-7477
  • Keith Blocker, Tacoma Deputy Mayor and City Council Member, (253) 591-5470
  • William Hirota, Washington State Medical Association President, (206)441-9762 (WSMA #)
  • Patricia Johnson, Mayor of Buckley, (360) 761-7803
  • Dave Morell, Pierce County Council Member, (253)798-3635
  • Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council Member, (253)798-3308

 

Take Action: The UW Center for Human Rights has discovered ICE is holding children in the Cowlitz County youth jail without criminal charges, without access to lawyers, and without contact with their families. Moreover, ICE is trying to prevent UW from learning about these children and the basis for their detentions. Help stop the use of the black site in Washington State. Contact your state and federal representatives and ask them to investigate and hold ICE accountable. Read more here: https://www.kuow.org/stories/secret-wa-youth-detention-center-at-center-of-records-request-dispute & https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/end-the-ice-secrecy-in-longview/.

 

Provide Needed Items: Congregation Beth Shalom’s Immigration Committee partners with the Church Council of Greater Seattle to house and support asylum seekers. There is a need for rent and food assistance, as the current situation with coronavirus is causing financial insecurity for many. Beth Shalom has $25 Safeway gift cards that you can purchase and donate. To do so, simply call the front office at (206) 524-0075, and they will bill your account and mail the donated gift cards to the Church Council for distribution to families in need..

Provide Needed Items: Help detainees released from the NW Detention Center land on their feet. Send men’s warm jackets, men’s gloves, and snacks to the welcome wagon at the AIDNW Office at 1915 S. Sheridan Ave, Tacoma, WA 9405.

Give a Monetary Donation to replenish the Fair Fight Bond Fund. In 2019, the renewable Fair Fight Immigrant Bond Fund bonded out 44 individuals from 15 countries. But that depleted all its funds. To help reopen the bond fund, reunite families, and give immigrants the best shot of winning their cases, donate (or donate again) here

Give a Monetary Donation to Al Otro Lado’s humanitarian fund, https://alotrolado.networkforgood.com/projects/96006-covid-19-migrant-humanitarian-fund, which provides emergency funds to migrant families impacted by Covid-19 and the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (Remain in Mexico) The fund will support Al Otro Lado and key frontline serving organizations to cover unexpected costs due to unforeseen humanitarian impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

March 2020 Actions:

Take Action: The House and Senate are working on the federal budget and the president has asked for more funding to build his border wall. Call your representatives and tell them you want money spent on oversight and humane immigration not walls and military at the border. You can find contact information for your Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm, and for your Member of Congress here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Take Action: The UW Center for Human Rights has discovered ICE is holding children in the Cowlitz County youth jail without criminal charges, without access to lawyers, and without contact with their families. Moreover, ICE is trying to prevent UW from learning about these children and the basis for their detentions. Help stop the use of the black site in Washington State. Contact your state and federal representatives and ask them to investigate and hold ICE accountable. Read more here: https://www.kuow.org/stories/secret-wa-youth-detention-center-at-center-of-records-request-dispute & https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/end-the-ice-secrecy-in-longview/.

Provide Needed Items: to AIDNW from their wish list, https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/BY4IDXRS8GU1/ref=cm_gl_huc_view. They particularly need new women’s underwear (sizes 6-8), warm men’s coats, warm men’s gloves, and knit hats.

Give a Monetary Donation to replenish the Fair Fight Bond Fund. In 2019, the renewable Fair Fight Immigrant Bond Fund bonded out 44 individuals from 15 countries. But it has now used all its funds. To help reopen the bond fund, reunite families, and give immigrants the best shot of winning their cases, donate here

January and February 2020 Actions:

Take Action: Contact your state legislators and tell them you believe immigrants and refugees make Washington a better place to live, work, and thrive and you support their efforts to provide further protection and support to our immigrant community in Washington State. You can find your legislative representatives and contact information at http://leg.wa.gov/LIC/Pages/hotline.aspx. The legislative session has just started, so now is the perfect time to make your voice heard.

Take Action: While the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on the legality of the DACA program, contact your Senators Cantwell and Murray and urge them to stand in support of young adult immigrants by supporting legislative protection for DACA recipients generally and the Dream Act of 2019, S. 874, specifically.

Take Action: Contact Senators Cantwell and Murray and Representative Pramila Jayapal to request they approve no funding for the border wall and that they vote to increase supervision and accountability of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.

Provide Needed Items: to AIDNW from their wish list, https://aidnw.org/how-to-donate/#wishlink. Your donation will help individuals who have been released from the NW Detention Center to transition back to the community.

Provide Needed Items: Mail Safeway, Target, or Walmart gift cards to AIDNW, 1915 S. Sheridan Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. AIDNW helps transition individuals who have been released from the NW Detention Center.

Provide Needed Items: Donate frequent flyer miles to help reunite immigrant families that our government separated: https://www.miles4migrants.org/donate.php.

Give a Monetary Donation: to the Fair Fight Bond Fund: https://fairfightbondfund.org/donate/. Even if you couldn’t attend the Chanukah fundraiser, you can donate to the fund to give people detained by ICE a fighting chance to go back to their lives and their families while their cases are pending.

Give a Monetary Donation: Donate online to help defray the ongoing costs to Jose Robles, his family, and his community of supporters via Gethsemane Lutheran Church. After you select the amount, choose “sanctuary” at the attached link: https://www.givelify.com/givenow/1.0/MTU1MTY=/selection.

Give a Monetary Donation: to Families Belong Together, who say caging children and jailing their parents must be stopped immediately. Families must be reunited and cared for. This group is helping reunite the 1,556 additional children we recently learned were separated from their parents at our southern border.

Give a Monetary Donation: to the Washington Immigration Solidarity Network (WAISN), https://www.waisn.org/donate. WAISN is a coalition of nearly 200 immigrant and refugee rights organizations, service providers, labor unions and individuals that strive to protect, serve and strengthen support capacity and resources serving our migrant communities.

December 2019 Actions:

Take Action: Thank Rep. Pramila Jayapal (206-674-0040 or email) for refusing to fund a border wall and for reintroducing the HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act, which would expand health coverage for immigrants by terminating an existing five-year bar on immigrants’ use of Medicaid and allow undocumented individuals to access the ACA marketplace. And call on other/your representatives to do the same.

Take Action: Contact Senators Cantwell and Murray and request they visit our southern border and I.C.E. detention centers where adults and children are held and then report back to constituents and the public about the conditions. Let them know that you will not tolerate our government perpetrating atrocities against human beings and that it’s important that, at a minimum, we bear witness. Our representatives are in a unique position to gain access to closed facilities and to publicize conditions.

Provide Needed Items: Donate frequent flyer miles to help reunite immigrant families that our government separated: https://www.miles4migrants.org/donate.php.

Give a Monetary Donation: Donate to Al Otro Lado, a a bi-national, direct legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico who are trying to navigate the U.S. immigration system. Any amount helps; your $100 donation provides tamales, beans, and rice to up to 60 asylum-seekers and their families as they attend the Al Otro Lado clinic in Tijuana.

Give a Monetary Donation: to Families Belong Together, who say caging children and jailing their parents must be stopped immediately. Families must be reunited and cared for. This group is helping reunite the 1,556 additional children we recently learned were separated from their parents at our southern border.

Act through Employment: Hire a worker from Casa Latina for jobs as varied as landscaping, dry walling, catering, and housecleaning. Call 206.956.0779 x3 or click here.

November 2019 Actions:

Take Action: Contact your representatives and let them know you support the GRACE Act to uphold America’s long bi-partisan tradition by establishing an annual refugee admissions level of no less than 95,000. Tell them you would like them to support it as well. The world is facing a historic refugee crisis. But the administration recently proposed a cap of only 18,000 refugees for 2020—that would be the lowest in U.S. history. Call your representatives today! See the bill text here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2146/text

Take Action: Ask your members of Congress to pass the No Ban Act, which would repeal all versions of the Muslim Ban authorized through executive order. The No Ban Act will also provide stricter implementation and oversight requirements for similar executive actions going forward. Click here for more information and to send a message directly, or call your members of Congress .

Provide Needed Items: Purchase clothing, pantry items, bedding and more for immigrants leaving the NW Detention Center: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/BY4IDXRS8GU1?filter=default&sort=default

Act through Employment: Hire a worker from Casa Latina for jobs as varied as landscaping, dry walling, catering, and housecleaning. Call 206.956.0779 x3 or click here.

Give a Monetary Donation: Make a donation and/or attend the Fair Fight Bond Fund event on November 16, 2019, 6:30 to 9pm: Information, tickets, and donations here.

Give a Monetary Donation: Donate to Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) to help provide an attorney for children, who have been deemed unaccompanied minors, in removal proceedings. For those who listened to Janet Gwilym speak with us on Yom Kippur, you know 9 out of 10 kids win their immigration relief if they are represented by an attorney.

October 2019 Actions:

Take Action: Call AG Bob Ferguson and thank him and his office for investigating and publicizing the conditions 22 migrant children experienced while held in U.S. detentions centers (See the declaration here). Then call Senator Maria Cantwell (206-220-6400) and Senator Patty Murray (206-553-5545) and ask them to do more, such as investigating, holding hearings, and speaking out publicly to publicize and change the plight of migrant children held in detention in the United States. Here’s an article that discusses the affects of detention and family separation and detention on children.

Take Action: Write a letter of support or send a card to José Robles who spent a year living in sanctuary at a local church with support from CBS and other faith-based organizations and was detained in July. Read more about José here: https://www.sanctuarydowntownseattle.com/home and write to him (Spanish or easy-to-understand English preferred) here: c/o Colectiva Legal, 201 SW 153rd St, Burien WA 98166.

Provide Needed Items: Donate your frequent flier miles and credit card points to reunite families: https://www.miles4migrants.org/donate.php

Provide Needed Items: Donate food, children’s clothing, and supplies to those helping victims of the massive Mississippi ICE Raids. Send items to Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, P.O. Box 1104, Jackson MS, 39215 and visit https://yourmira.wpcomstaging.com/2019/08/22/relief-work-continues-in-hurting-communities/ for more information.

Give a Monetary Donation: provide bond money that allows detained immigrants to go back to their lives and families while they advocate for their legal status at https://fairfightbondfund.org/

Give a Monetary Donation: Help DACA recipients cover their DACA renewal fees by contributing here: DACArenewalfund.com

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