Chris Goudreau, associate editor of the Valley Advocate, speaks with editor Dave Eisenstadter about his recent cover story, “From the Valley to the Border: Sickening news on the treatment of migrants inspiring locals to travel down to help.” Hear how he developed the story, speaking to members of Serving Asylum Seekers, Team Brownsville, and Grannies Respond, and what local residents will be doing at the Mexican border.
The following report was provided by Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden.
WORCESTER, MA — On June 26, seven students from Clark University in Worcester traveled to McAllen, Texas, where they will spend the next several weeks providing assistance to asylum seekers entering the United States at its border with Mexico.
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Sharon Lehmann, 69, was watching the news on TV at her home in Granby more than a month ago and saw a story about militia groups aiming guns at migrant families. She turned to her partner, Audrey Walker, 66, and said, “I can’t watch this. I just can’t do this anymore. I have to do something.”
An online search for ways to get involved led the couple to reach out to Texas-based volunteer organization Team Brownsville, one of many groups offering food, water, and other assistance at the border. Soon, Lehmann and Walker formed their own local group: Serving Asylum Seekers.
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On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.
Simply put, our country is at a tipping point. Therefore, Lights for Liberty seeks to create this event in solidarity and allyship with communities most impacted by the abuse of our immigration system. We seek to work in solidarity with grassroots organizations both new and historic, those who are well-funded and on a shoe-string budget. We are moved to mobilize with anyone: moms, dads, and people of moral conscience who cannot stand to see families and communities destroyed.
About Lights for Liberty: Lights for Liberty is a loose coalition of grassroots activists, with support from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations and other organizers.
More information can be found at www.lightsforliberty.org.
On Mother's Day this year, join us in a conversation about families who won't be together. Families separated by our government, children still living in a tent city outside Miami, in Homestead, the only for-profit child detention center in the country. I'll be in DC but you can participate from anywhere. Tweet, post on Facebook, donate to the ACLU or your chosen charity, have a conversation. Spread the hashtag: #MotherOfExiles.
WHAT: Mother’s Day Rally for End to Immigrant Family Separation, Child Detention
WHEN: Sunday, May 12, Noon-2 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/2187281868190704/
TO LEARN MORE, GO TO: https://mothersdayrally.com/
* Co-sponsors of the rallies include CAIR (Capital Area Immigrant Rights) Coalition, Immigrant Justice Now, MamásConPoder/MomsRising, Faith in Public Life, Public Citizen, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and others.
Sister rallies are scheduled nationwide in Texas (Dallas, Austin, El Paso, Brownsville, McAllen, Corpus Christi), New York (Albany), Florida (St. Petersburg, Homestead), Maine (Waterville), Vermont (Lyndonville), Colorado (Denver), California (Ventura), Washington (Orcas Island, Seattle), New Hampshire (Milford), Connecticut (New Haven), Minnesota (St. Paul), Alaska (Juneau), and others.
Please share with friends! #MotherOfExiles
Grannies Respond / Abuelas Responden is pleased to announce that we have been granted our 501(c)3, non-profit status!
Your tax-deductible donations will directly provide necessities for asylum seekers traveling across our country on often long bus journeys to their sponsors without food, water, diapers, formula, and more.
Donate here: https://www.granniesrespond.org/supportus
This video was just shared with us by Melissa Aperico.
Thank you for your recognition of the awesome humanitarian aide being provided by Grannies at bus stations!
It’s important to mention that the inspiration to provide support at bus stations came from Angry Tias & Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley and Sergio Córdova who have been providing incredible support in McAllen and Brownsville. A shout out also to volunteers from the Interfaith Welcome Coalition and Raices who have been providing daily support at the San Antonio bus station. They are all true heroes!