Help Our Immigration & Sanctuary Efforts this Month
Take Action: There are two runoff elections for United States Senate that will decide the balance of the Senate and, therefore, whether humane immigration reforms can be achieved. The election is January 5 and voters can request absentee ballots up until the Friday before election day. Here are a couple of the many ways you can help Get Out the Vote. Join Vote Forward to send letters to voters to get out the vote for the January 5 election. Sign up to call voters in Georgia or look for other volunteer opportunities with Fair Fight, which fights for free, fair, and secure elections. Sign up to send postcards to voters through the Religious Action Committee of the Reform Movement, Reclaim Our Vote, and the New Georgia Project. Order kits of 30 postcards by November 16. You will be mailed instructions, a script, voting information, voter addresses, and 30 postcards. You only need to purchase the stamps and mail postcards by December 7. Email Melani Baker with the number of postcards you ordered so she can keep track of our congregation’s total and if you have any questions.
Take Action: Educate yourself about the immigration and asylum system, detention facilities and more through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)’s webinar programs. Visit https://www.nwirp.org/webinars/ for upcoming live and recorded webinars on topics such as Immigration for Beginners, Immigration Detention in the Northwest, and Imagining the End of Deportation. Watch (and learn) from the comfort of your own home.
Provide Needed Items: Congregation Beth Shalom’s Immigration Committee partners with the Church Council of Greater Seattle to house and support asylum seekers. You can purchase $25 Safeway gift cards to donate to this great cause. Through past drives we have distributed cards to 15 immigrant families who lost their jobs due to Covid-19. To purchase cards, simply email Lauren Fellows (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can bill your account. We will then mail the donated gift cards to the Church Council for distribution to families in need.
Give a Monetary Donation Again focusing on Georgia because of the January 5th runoff elections that will determine whether immigration reforms can be passed in the Senate, donate to Soy Georgia, the Get Out the Vote Campaign of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights: https://soygeorgia.com/make-a-donation/ You can also visit their Facebook page for specific “calls to action”: https://www.facebook.com/GLAHR-109038185788423/.