Families Belong Together

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Some Twitter resources for today as well as throughout this election year. None of these accounts are affiliated with the federal government or official accounts of the departments they talk about.

Immigration

Jacob Soboroff (journalist covering the border crisis)

RAICESTEXAS (helping reunite families)

Alternative Dept. Homeland Security

Alternative Homeland Sec

Ireallydocare.com (not a Twitter, but a list of non-profits helping (also listed below))

Al Otro Lado – serves indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana & Los Angeles

https://www.alotrolado.org


The Florence Project – providing legal & social services to detained immigrants in Arizona

https://firrp.org/


Neta – a Latinx-run progressive media platform telling the stories of what’s happening on the border

https://www.netargv.com


Innovation Law Lab – working in immigrant detention centers and hostile judicial districts; keeping the definitive list of kids being held

https://www.innovationlawlab.org


Fuerza Del Valle – organizing workers & immigrant communities in the Rio Grande Valley

http://www.fuerzadelvalle.org/


The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights – promoting the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children

https://www.theyoungcenter.org/


We Belong Together – women for common sense immigration policies

https://www.webelongtogether.org/


United We Dream – the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country

https://unitedwedream.org/


Womens Refugee Commission – advocating for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution

https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/


ACLU – fighting attacks through the legal system

http://www.aclu.org


Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) – protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney.

https://supportkind.org/


Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project – providing asylum seekers with legal aid and community support across the country

https://asylumadvocacy.org/


Human Rights First – helping refugees obtain asylum in the U.S.

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/


La Union del Pueblo Entero – founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, a community union that works in the Rio Grande Valley from the grassroots up

https://lupenet.org/

Committee for the Protection of Journalists

Indivisible Team

Rogue Senior WH Advisor

Alternative National Parks Service

Rogue NASA

Alternative Forest Service

Alternative EPA

Alternative DoJ

Alternative NOAA

Alternative National Parks Service

EPA Facts

Ungagged EPA

Not Alt World

My Pilgrimage to St. Elen’s Well, Part 1

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​[Note: As I began to write this, I thought it would be an emotional look back at an important pilgrimage that I undertook last summer. However, as I began to write, it seemed that before I got to the actual pilgrimage and the feelings that it conjured, I had to wade through the logistics of discovering the well, and finding that it was important for me to visit it. The coincidences that have crossed my life’s path and Wales astound me every time I discover them.]

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National Writing Day

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I wished I’d discovered this a week ago (or more) so I could have prepared properly, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t put a few thoughts out there to encourage writing, yours as well as mine.

Everything is a prompt. Everything is connected.

Example: How did I find out about National Writing Day?

Scrolling through Facebook, saw a post about Wales – three places to write in Wales on NWD. Google NWD 2018, find their website. It’s today! Go to the website. See offer to follow on instagram. Follow. Link in bio to download Write Away activity for today.

I share that with you here:

Click here to download Write Away! activity.

Enjoy!

And Write Away!

June: School’s Out: Photo/Art

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The photo on the right randomly happened when putting spaghetti into the pot to boil for dinner. It struck me as an interesting compostion so I photographed it.

Weeks later, I thought it would make an interesting coloring array, so I repeated the composition in six different colors using Sharpie markers and then coloring over it with matching colored pencils.

It made me think of Warhol, without the obvious talent.

It was enjoyable and relaxing, and I’m thinking about doing it again with a different subject.

Abstract Art. I’m calling it Spaghetti-Warhol. (c)2018

Abstract Art. (c)2018

Update and Call to Action

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I wanted to write an update before my next post.

My intention last week was to return with more information about the border crisis, and that is what it is – a crisis, and then continue writing and sharing.

I was a bit overwhelmed with the horrifying news that children were being taken from their parents and detained. I was horrified that asylum seekers were being lied to, and sent, instead of to legal entry points, to illegal entry points, where they are then arrested, separated from their children, and detained.

Some of these children have been taken to New York and Michigan, not to detainment centers, but to foster care, and in the case of MI, a Betsy DeVos affiliated Christian adoption agency. Many of these children are pre-verbal.

This is beyond horrifying. I can’t find the adequate words for how bad and inhumane, and diabolical this is. This is a catastrophe.

With the executive order signed by President Trump, nothing has changed. Families will not be separated for twenty days, but then are subject to separation and detainment. Parents are being blackmailed into immediate deportation by being promised reunification with their children.

These people are not entitled to lawyers, and many of them do not speak English.

There is so much more to say and to more, and I sadly admit that I couldn’t take it. I couldn’t wade into the research of what’s happening there to explain it to you. I’m still trying to explain it to myself.

There is one group helping who I can reliably recommend: RAICES. Please contact your Congress-people and your Senators, no matter what state you are in, to voice your outrage at this racist and inhumane policy.

You can also go to ireallydocare.com for a list of other organizations helping the kids at the border.

My family decided to take a spontaneous road trip to Destiny USA, and that also contributed to my absence. I’ll tell you more about that in a subsequent post. It gave me a tiny respite of no television, no news, I kept thinking I’d write, but we just went, and it was fun; taking a couple of days away.

But those parents at the border…they don’t get a day off; they don’t get respite.