My plan for today was to post Part 3/3 of my Writing & Strategic Planning Retreat Series, but honestly the crisis at the border has kept me up at night this week and I would be remiss to ignore what is happening in our world.
Imagining children ripped from their parents' arms and detained without a plan for reuniting them with their families is more than we should be able to bear.
And yet... here we are...
So instead of chatting about writing and planning today, I've decided to re-share a FB post that touches on how this has hit home, and, more importantly, that outlines concrete ways you can help.
I have also expanded upon the original post here with even more ways that you can DO something today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
Please keep in mind that the President's Executive Order allows for indefinite detention of families... trading one trauma for another.
Letting families out on bond while they await their immigration hearings is an option, but the President prefers to present imprisonment as the only option.
We ALL have to DO right now.
We have to Speak Out.
We have to Take to the Streets.
We have to give as much MONEY as we possibly can to those organizations on the front-lines fighting for these families.
Do not succumb to those feelings of helplessness and overwhelm.
We have to to ACT. Then ACT again. And again. And again. Until this insanity is done.
Not in our Name, Comunidad. Not in our Name.
Original Facebook Post
In the last month or so, our kiddo’s separation anxiety has kicked up a notch. Goodbyes are a little more tearful, a little more intense.
This change is of course a little heart-wrenching for this first time Mama.
Here’s the thing though, I know he’s safe and loved each time I leave him with a trusted caregiver.
So I give him a smile, a hug, a kiss, and a quick goodbye, and I go. I don’t prolong the leaving and I revel in the joyful reunions.
This week those separations have been harder for me.
Not because I’m worried for our little one, but because each time he looks at me with those “Mami don’t go” eyes, my heart breaks for those parents at the border whose children are being taken away... indefinitely...
Destroying families is morally corrupt—it has always been.
But these new enforcement policies take that cruelty to a new low.
Not in our name, Comunidad.
Not in our name. #Familiesbelongtogether
This New York Times op-ed lays out four concrete actions you can take:
- Call Congress
- Join Protests
- Donate to legal and humanitarian efforts.
Please don’t just like & share this post; take action today!
Legal & Humanitarian Efforts Mentioned in the Op-Ed:
See More Organizations & Actions Below
More Organizations You Can Support
Call Congress & Key Members of the Administration
Register to Vote & Register Others to Vote
Before you go...
Li Yun Alvarado
Puerto Rican Poet & Scholar:
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