14 Jul

American Friends Service Committee Reading

The McGlynn: We should highly value the work that AFSC does , specifically on Immigration related issues.

Photo: San Diego.AFSC

Dear The McGlynn,

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our 2019 Annual Fund Drive! Your support is vital to our efforts to build a more just and peaceful world. If you have not yet donated, please consider a gift to help us meet our goal of $150,000 by July 15.

This week the Trump administration announced plans for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to conduct raids in cities across the country, separating even more immigrants in our communities from their loved ones through detention and deportation. Please share these resources with anyone you know who can use them:

Know your rights as an immigrant offers an overview of your rights at home, in your car, and in detention as well as how to prepare for emergencies.

How allies can defend against ICE raids offers eight ways allies can help make a difference.

Here are more resources to help you stay informed and support your activism.

Organizing to stop ICE and CBP: As part of the Defund Hate campaign, communities across the country continue to pressure Congress to stop funding cruelty against immigrants.

Trump’s attacks on the legal immigration system, explained: By keeping more people out, deporting people who are here, and creating an atmosphere of nativism, President Trump is attempting to dramatically reduce immigration to the United States, particularly of people of color, writes AFSC’s Peniel Ibe.

Countering extremism, calling for tolerance: In Indonesia, communities are succeeding in making gains for peace and inclusion, even in a challenging environment, says AFSC’s Jiway Tung.

Creating more chances for life after incarceration: In West Virginia, formerly incarcerated people and allies are eliminating barriers to food assistance and employment, writes AFSC’s Lida Shepherd.

ICE issues fine of thousands of dollars against Boulder sanctuary seeker: “All of these efforts by the administration are really meant to dehumanize, to criminalize and to strike fear into the hearts of immigrant community members,” says AFSC’s Jennifer Piper. (Daily Camera)

Is your congregation interested in learning more about accompanying immigrant communities? Check out our “Changing systems, changing ourselves” self-study course to learn more about undoing racism and practicing accompaniment, offering sanctuary, and visiting people in detention or prison.

Powerful images from #CloseTheCamps protests across the country: View this selection of photos from nearly 200 protests held on July 2 to protest inhumane immigrant detention policies. (Refinery29)

Have a great weekend!

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