Action: MountActivist Immigrants Rights Vigil

In the five years since President Obama took office, hundreds of thousands of families have been torn apart by deportations, including many here in Western North Carolina. Please join us this Thursday at 7pm at First Congregational UCC Church as we gather to support local families fighting to reunite with their loved ones through the Bring Them Home project. Listen to the voices of “undocumented, unafraid, unashamed” North Carolinians as they share their personal experiences with unjust immigration policy and call on the Obama administration to let their loved ones come home.

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Bring Them Home is a project of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), which has done extraordinary work over the past few years to shine a light on the cruel, absurd underbelly of U.S. immigration policy. As the result of the first two Bring Them Home actions last year, dozens of young people were successfully reunited with their families in the United States. Building on these successes, over one hundred people will cross the border next week in an attempt to return home to their families.

In addition to showing your support in person on Thursday, please consider donating to help make Bring Them Home a reality. The eight participating North Carolina families have been working hard to raise funds but still need to come up with a great deal more before the action begins next Monday. You can donate online here: http://www.gofundme.com/6tq1oc.

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Also, DreamActivist.org will donate this month’s proceeds from their “DreamArtivist” store to Bring Them Home. For $20, you can purchase an amazing print by an undocumented artist from Georgia entitled “Bring Them Home: the courage to brave The Wall” — https://action.dreamactivist.org/dreamartivist.

Thank you so much for support. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Additional reading on families separated by deportation —

http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/12/us_deports_more_than_200k_parents.html

And on NIYA, whose track record is as remarkable as it is audacious — 

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/498/the-one-thing-youre-not-supposed-to-do?act=1

http://fusion.net/justice/story/ice-detains-woman-months-pregnant-310914

http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/09/dream_30_risk_detention.html

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About Elizabeth Mount

Seminarian, UU, organizer, and badass. For faith, justice, and interdependent existence.
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