Migrants

Separated Children

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Happy Monday, there are still hundreds of immigrant children living in tent cities after being separated from their parents this past summer. Your DGB for today is to help KIND to advocate for these traumatized little ones.

Kids In Need of Defense has been helping migrant children in many ways over the past decade, but one of their core missions has become crucially necessary in recent months. Founded by Microsoft and Angelina Jolie, KIND’s network of legal experts make sure each unaccompanied child has excellent representation in court. Their educational resources are extensive, which you can find here:

https://supportkind.org/resources/

If that’s too overwhelming (it’s been a tough weekend, we know) you can simply donate here:

https://donate.supportkind.org/give/188892/#!/donation/checkout

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Dirty, Shameful Money

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Your DGB for today is to understand who is profiting from child detention centers.

The following article is a long read, but a critical one, tying the contractors incarcerating children to the banks behind them. Make no mistake, there is big money in private detention facilities, with CEOs of firms making close to a million dollars a year on internment camps. There is value in learning the names of such contractors, as they are not widely known, and also in understanding the role of common household name banks assisting them, such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Be sure to read all the way to the graphic showing the web of money, including exact amounts.

https://news.littlesis.org/2018/06/21/who-is-profiting-from-incarcerating-immigrant-families/

One of the important actions you can take, if you use one of these major banks, is to move your money to a local bank or credit union. Switching banks is a huge pain in the ass, but so is being part of a structure of government that forces three year-old kidnapped children to appear alone in immigration court.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/child-immigrants-us-court-border-family-migrant-immigration-trump-latest-melania-a8422101.html

 

 

Humanity Over Walls

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Your DGB for today is to help Central American refugees.

The solution to human beings fleeing epidemics of poverty and violence isn’t to build a border wall to keep them away from us here in the United States. The solution also is not sending the U.S. military to guard our border until we figure out how to build said monolithic fantasy. These things will never stop migration, but rather channel it into more dangerous methods. For a lengthy but oh-so-important read, check out this 2016 report from the International Crisis Group outlining how inhumane response to migration endangers even more populations and encourages criminal enterprise: https://www.crisisgroup.org/latin-america-caribbean/central-america/easy-prey-criminal-violence-and-central-american-migration

We’re talking about actual human people trying to get to safety. They don’t want to steal our jobs/culture/[insert nativist paranoia] and they aren’t rapists and criminals. They literally just want to live. Those who are *really* pro-life (not fetuses; actual people) can find places to donate money, supplies, and time here: http://www.lawg.org/our-publications/79-promote-justice-for-mexico-and-the-borderlands/1352-how-to-support-humanitarian-assistance-efforts-for-central-american-refugees-in-the-border-region

No matter what steps our corrupt government takes to further victimize and traumatize refugees, we as citizens of the world can work simultaneously to help our fellow people find safety and security.