As a Mom, the recent events in our country have left me discouraged, heartbroken and feeling little hope. For me it is no longer just about politics, but morality and basic human rights. I cannot fathom someone ripping my daughter from my arms, let alone not knowing when, where or even if we would be reunited. But somehow, this is the reality for over 2,500 immigrant and refugee families.
As a Christian, I am confident that this is not what it looks like to love your neighbor or care for the immigrant. Though I feel helpless, I am also confident that I am called to action in order to help necessitate change.
If I am being honest, I thought very long and hard about even publishing this post. Selfishly, I feared losing readers or offending people. I hope and pray that you will read and consider the following calls to action with an open mind. I am not blind to the fact that I am in a position of privilege. For me, this means that I have an obligation to be a voice and an agent for change to the best of my ability.
If you are like me, perhaps you are unsure where to go or what do to. Here are some simple yet powerful ways that you can take action:
This took me all of 5 minutes. It is a super easy, quick and practical way to support families in various detention centers or shelters. Baby2Baby has created a Target Registry with items that you can purchase and have sent directly to those in need. No gift is too small and this allows your to personalize your donation as you shop for specific, needed items.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) protects the rights and liberties of every person and works to ensure equality. You can donate directly on their website.
You can make a direct donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants and refugees in Central and South Texas. You can give on Facebook or through their website.
If you are unsure of your local and state representatives, text the word RESIST to 50409 (normal data/ charges apply) in order to receive assistance with writing a letter to your local and state reps.
You can also look up your elected officials here.
Here is a great letter writing activity if you would like to get your elementary ages children involved in a family letter writing activity.
The Comfort Campaign
Write letters (in English or in Spanish) and or send teddy bears by July 4th to the following address:
The Comfort Campaign 4470 West Sunset Blvd. Box #217, LA, CA 90027
This Saturday, June 30, 2018 people gathered in major cities across the country to rally in support of keeping families together. Check out some of the rallies that took place here.
I want to be a part of a generation known for something more. A generation that moved, that took action and that rallied around our brothers and sisters. Whatever you choose to do, I hope that you choose to do something. Take action, speak out and reach out. It matters.