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December 2018

 

Featured Events

Friday Dec 14 Panel Discussion: "What is it Like to Have a Guest in Sanctuary at your Church?" - 6-8 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation 

Sunday Dec 16 Dreamers Benefit Concert, sponsored by the Faith Network - 5:30-8 pm at Tumbleroot Brewery 
 
Thursday Dec 20 Faith Network Monthly Meeting - 11 am-12 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church 

All are welcome! A lot of information is shared in these meetings - join us if you can. 
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What can you do now?

Santa Fe Dreamers Project is looking for a volunteer to accompany one of their clients to his asylum interview in El Paso on December 12. If you are able to help, please contact Allegra.

The Diocese of Las Cruces reports that ICE has been releasing mothers and children without pre-alert. One night 30 people arrived with little or no notice, including 10 babies.

Immediate material needs include:
diapers (size 3 and up, no pull ups) 
small packages of wipes 
twin size WHITE sheets and towels
baby clothes
paper products 
water bottles
big black trash bags
old backpacks
small toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc) 
spray deodorant 
coloring books + crayons
stuffed animals
underwear + socks
menstrual pads 
and more 

The Diocese of Las Cruces provides support to these families through their Project Oak Tree. In addition to material aids, they are also in need of cash donations to help purchase cell phones, travel tickets, and ‘lunch money’ for those en route to join family members elsewhere in the US.

Checks can be sent as follows:
Payable to: Diocese of Las Cruces
Memo: Project Oak Tree
Mail to: Pastoral Center, 1280 Med Park, Las Cruces, NM 88005

We are working with the Monte del Sol Charter School's Casa Program for homeless families, many of whom are immigrant families. 

One family ('Family 08') has suffered with the father facing deportation. The older children and mother are all working in order to support the family financially in this difficult time with a breadwinner facing deportation. 

Particular needs for Family 08 at this time include: 

-financial help with rent
-leads on affordable housing
-leads on affordable daycare
-size 1-2 diapers 

Another family in the program is a single mother and two teens. The mother is seeking more work in catering/banquets to support her family. Her primary ask at this time is for work. Any leads for work can be sent via email to Dr. Cate Moses, program director for the Casa Program. 

You can also support the Casa Program's annual gofundme campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/support-our-casa-program. Please share.  

To donate via check:  make checks payable to The Foundation for Monte del Sol, and write "Casa Program" on the note line.  If you'd like to donate specifically for rent for Family 08, please be sure to note on the check "Casa Program--Family 08". 100% of the funds designated in this way will go directly to help this family with rent and expenses.   

Checks should be mailed to Attn: Dr. Cate Moses, Casa Program, Monte del Sol Charter School, 4157 Walking Rain Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507. 

News and Links

Immigration agents arrest man who left church after a year

Transgender Caravan members seek Parole Sponsors

Singing "Amazing Grace," church surrounded a church van to stop arrest

New Jersey church celebrates release of member in ICE detention 

Independent Autopsy Results for Roxsana Hernandez who died in ICE custody in NM 

Other Actions 

Check out this Interfaith Toolkit to Defend Refugees and Families Seeking Protection to learn more about these top 5 ways to take action:

  1. Write for Media: Click here for guidance and sample language.

  2. Call Congress: Click here to receive a call that connects you to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative.

  3. Faith Leaders: Sign on to this interfaith letter.

  4. Share on Social Media: Sample social media messages and a click-to-tweet tool are available here.
  5. Bear Prophetic Witness: Click here for a rapid response guide to host a direct action or interfaith vigil.
Questions? Want to get more involved with our work? Contact Rev. Tiffany 
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