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OCJCR IN THE NEWS
OCJCR's partnership with Home for Refugees is featured in this month's issue of OC JLife Magazine.
Click here to read the article.

 
Scroll down to learn more about how to help Afghan evacuees.
REGISTER FOR UNSETTLED HERE
UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA
Join us for the second film in our 5-part series focusing on refugees and asylum seekers from throughout the globe. On Thursday, October 21st our Zoom panel will feature Unsettled Director Tom Shepard and an LGBTQ asylum seeker from Ghana. Watch the trailer here.
Register here for links to watch the film and the Zoom program. Tickets are free with an option to make a donation. Learn more about the rest of the film series here.
RALLY FOR HAITIAN IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES!
 
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 4, 3:00 - 4:30 P.M.
WHERE: Black Panther Park, 600 W. Santa Ana Blvd. (Ross and 4th), Santa Ana
WHO: Haitian Bridge Alliance & Others
 
We have all seen the terrible images of our government's abuse and mistreatment of Haitian immigrants and refugees in Del Rio, Texas, and along other sections of the US-Mexico border. It's time that we stand up and say: NO MORE! Please join us this Monday as we speak out to demand that the government immediately:
  • Grant humanitarian parole to Haitian and other Black asylum seekers and refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Stop expelling and deporting Haitian and other Black asylum seekers and refugees
  • Revoke Title 42, a 2020 policy that authorizes the U.S. government to expel migrants from its borders without allowing them to seek asylum protection
  • Restart the Haitian family reunification parole program (HFRP) terminated under President Trump
  • Abandon harsh deterrence tactics, including proxy border control regimes in the U.S. and throughout Latin America that hinder the journeys taken by Black asylum seekers and refugees en route to the United States. It is their right to request asylum in the U.S. under both U.S. and international law!
Gather at Black Panther Park and then march to the USCIS building (34 Civic Center Plaza) for a press conference and rally. Please bring signs reflecting the demands. For more information, contact David at djaimes@cluejustice.org or Felicity at felicitynf@aol.com
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSIONS CONTINUE
The OC Jewish Coalition for Refugees in partnership with Home for Refugees is continuing to form community sponsorship volunteer support teams to help welcome and resettle refugees and Afghan evacuees. 1,300 Afghan evacuees will be placed in the Greater Los Angeles region, which includes Orange County. 

Volunteers will provide a warm welcome to newly arriving families, help them acclimate to a new country and culture, and provide a support network to help them attain self-sufficiency. 


Dates for information sessions in mid-October TBA; email us at OCJewishCoalitionforRefugees@gmail.com to express your interest.
MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR AFGHAN ALLIES & OTHER REFUGEES

Provide temporary housing: If you are able to offer short term or long term housing to an Afghan family, fill out this HIAS form. Be sure to indicate that you are from Orange County.

Watch the HIAS Briefing Webinar: Afghan Arrivals, Haiti, and More recording from September 30. 

Join the next HIAS webinar: Temporary Protected Status: A Lifeline for Forcibly Displaced People. Thursday, October 7 at 1pm Pacific.


Take action to end Title 42
MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR AFGHAN ALLIES & OTHER REFUGEES

Provide temporary housing: If you are able to offer short term or long term housing to an Afghan family, fill out this HIAS form. Be sure to indicate that you are from Orange County.

Watch the HIAS Briefing Webinar: Afghan Arrivals, Haiti, and More recording from September 30. 

Join the next HIAS webinar: Temporary Protected Status: A Lifeline for Forcibly Displaced People. Thursday, October 7 at 1pm Pacific.


Take action to end Title 42
URGENT: We are currently seeking a storage facility in Orange County for donated items to furnish and supply the apartments of newly arriving refugees (furniture, clothing, diapers, toiletries, household supplies, and more.) If you have a storage facility (approximate space 800 - 2,000 square feet) that you can sublet or donate, or if you have a connection in the storage industry, please contact us at OCJewishCoalitionforRefugees@gmail.com.
Click here for information about the Home for Refugees 2021 Gala.
THANK YOU FOR DONATING CHILDREN'S WATCHES
PILAGlobal's Canyon Nest in Tijuana received the watches donated by OCJCR members. The children at the Upper Nest are learning how to tell time. PILAGlobal provides innovative education for children and families impacted by displacement and poverty worldwide.
Click here to learn more about each film, and watch the trailers.

Educate - Advocate - Volunteer - Mobilize - Organize

The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees (OCJCR) is a volunteer-led affiliate of HIAS. Established in January 2018, OCJCR is a group of individuals, synagogues, and Jewish communal organizations inspired by our people’s history to support refugees locally and worldwide. OCJCR is a signatory to the HIAS Welcome Campaign, a network of 455 congregations and organizations across the United States who are responding to the largest refugee crisis in human history. Please visit our website for further information. 
The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees (OCJCR) is a fiscally sponsored project of OneOC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All funds raised by OCJCR are received by, and become the sole property of OneOC which, for internal operating purposes, allocates the funds to OCJCR. 
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