Ways You Can Help Immigrants

 

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Call Congress, your mayor and local representatives. Contact your members of Congress and tell them that you want impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be called off and detention conditions improved. The legal defense nonprofit Raices has provided a template and an online form that you can use to email your congressional representatives. You can also reach out to your local officials to ask that they initiate plans to help immigrant communities that are affected by the raids. This official government website has provided links to finding your city, county and town officials.

Local organizations providing legal aid include the New Sanctuary Coalition in New York, Las Americas in El Paso and Raices in Texas, Americans for Immigrant Justice in Florida and the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund in Colorado.

Hold political candidates accountable. While the presidential primaries are at least seven months away, you can prepare to cast your ballot for a more humane border policy by following what each candidate has shared about his or her plans for immigration reform.

Speak up. Protest marches and other civic actions to end detention camps and squalid conditions for children and families are expected across the country in the coming weeks. You can also take part in Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps a nationwide vigil on July 12. Locations for the vigil include:

  • El Paso, where migrants are being housed “partially outdoors” near a bridge with no running water for months at a time;

  • Homestead, Fla., where a migrant children’s detention facility has been charged with rampant abuse and neglect;

  • San Diego, near the point-of-entry border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico;

  • New York City, where deportation rates increased by 150 percent between 2016 and 2018; and

  • Washington, D.C., in front of the Capitol building, to demand action from Congress.

Launch a Dignity Not Detention Campaign in your state. You can learn more about that on the Freedom for Immigrants website.

Write a letter to the editor to your local newspaper. These reach a broad audience and are often monitored by elected officials. You can find tips on the ACLU website.

 

If you can go to the border, you can join many others taking direct action there, from volunteer doctors and lawyers to those leaving water and supplies in the desert for immigrants.
You can also search for Know Your Rights trainings being held in your area, to better inform yourself on how to practice safe bystander intervention, or share the information with people you know who may need it.

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If you’re interested in donating to an organization, here are a few of the leading organizations and non-profits involved in immigration issues.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union(donation will not be tax-deductible)
  • United We Dream
  • Mijente
  • Immigrant Justice Corps
  • Border Angles – too small for a rating through Charity Navigator
  • The Florence Project – three-star rating from Charity Navigator
  • Freedom for Immigrants– too small to be rated by Charity Navigator
  • Kids in Need of DefenseCharity Navigator does not rate this organization because it receives more than 40% of its funding from paid services or government grants. But KIND did receive a gold rating from GuideStar.
  • Project Corazon’s travel fund is to send lawyers to detention centers to help protect the rights of immigrants and their families. Through this organization, which is run by the Lawyers for Good Government Foundation, you can donate your airline miles to help fly pro bono attorneys to where they’re needed. So far, the fund has sent 37 lawyers to detention centers and refugee camps. This organization is not rated by Charity Navigator because it does not have seven years of full IRS Forms 990, but GuideStar gives it a bronze rating.
  • ActBluehas set up a couple of donation portals to help kids at the border and families separated and detained. Your donation will be split between roughly a dozen organizations all at once.
  • The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Servicesis a nonprofit focused on “providing free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas,” according to the organization’s website. The organization currently has a three-star rating from Charity Navigator (out of a possible four stars), but received a platinum seal of transparency from charity watchdog GuideStar.
  • El Refugio specifically works with the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia, coordinating volunteer visits to immigrants detained at the center and running a hospitality house that offers meals and lodging at no cost. The charity is too small to be rated by Charity Navigator, but it does receive a bronze rating from GuideStar.
  • Save the Children is working to deliver immediate humanitarian aid to migrant children and families. The organization is working with local partners to ensure that children and families have necessities such as hygiene kits, diapers and clothing. Save the Children is also running a “Child Friendly Spaces” and children’s play areas at transit shelters in New Mexico for children once they leave the detention facilities, a spokeswoman tells CNBC Make It. The organization has an A- grade from CharityWatch.
  • The Texas Civil Rights Projectis working to help get legal advice and translation services to families detained at the U.S. border. The organization also works to interview families to document what is happening to ensure they are reunited as quickly as possible. The organization has four stars, the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator.
  • Immigrant Families Together
  • National Bail Fund Network
  • American Immigration Council: This organization gets on the ground at detention centers helping families, documenting conditions of detention and bringing lawsuits to challenge them.
  • Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project: Provides “emergency legal aid to refugee families”.
  • Families Belong Together: Is a group effort that “includes nearly 250 organizations representing Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight family separation and promote dignity, unity, and compassion for all children and families.
  • South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR): A joint project of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, ProBAR “is a national effort to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government. “
  • The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s RightsProvides independent Child Advocates to stand up for unaccompanied immigrant children and “champion the child’s best interests”.

 

Keep in mind that it’s better to donate money than physical items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. In fact, the Texas Tribune reported this week that a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility near El Paso turned away donations of food, sanitary supplies, diapers and toys.
Reports out of Texas indicate that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol cannot accept donations of soap, diapers or other supplies for infants and children. If you have items like these that you would like to donate to children and families who need them, contact your local shelters, food banks or diaper banks.

 

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September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Subject: Congress needs to pass permanent authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Hi,

I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate, which says:

“The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is running out of money and families are seeing up to a 70% cut in their payments. Congress must immediately vote to support the bipartisan bill “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund” to authorize full, permanent funding for the victims and families of the 9/11 attacks.”

Will you sign this petition? Click here!

Thanks!

She let go.

She let go.

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.

She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.

Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go.

She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line.

She didn’t utter one word.

She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.

There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort.

There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…

Rev. Safire Rose

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Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act

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I signed a petition on Action Network telling Congress to Sign the petition: Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act.

Climate change is a global threat and the Trump administration dangerously continues to deny the issue. In 2017, Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a landmark, global agreement to combat climate change.

In the almost two years since Trump’s announcement, the U.S. has experienced devastating climate change-driven events including floods, wildfires, and Hurricanes Florence, Maria, and Michael — costly wake up calls that we are NOT doing enough to prevent this global catastrophe.

In response to Trump’s pledge to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Congress has introduced the Climate Action Now Act — legislation that would prohibit the Trump administration from using any funds to withdraw from the agreement and require the administration to submit a detailed plan to Congress on how the United States will meet its climate obligations. Assuring the United States has a seat at the table and a plan to meet its commitments under the agreement should not be a partisan issue. This is a crucial moment and an opportunity for every member of Congress to affirm that the U.S. will be a leader in addressing the climate crisis. The U.S. must recommit to the Paris Climate Agreement if we want to ratchet down carbon pollution in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. 

Can you join me and take action? Click here: Sign the petition: Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act

Thank You!

 

a total revolution

12039478_996496027090911_471997915602329277_n.jpg“Women get more beautiful as they grow older. Not less.
Female youth is only prized in modern culture because it doesn’t represent as much of a threat spiritually to anyone who is frightened of divine feminine power.
As women grow and mature, they call in stronger forces of sacred feminine wisdom. They vibrate with the creative power of their stories.
They are more of a force to be reckoned with.
They see more, know more, feel more. They put up with a lot less bullshit.
When women are trained into thinking there is something fundamentally wrong with getting older, and are coerced into spending money, energy and power investing in ‘slowing the signs of ageing’, an enormous vault of divine love is lost.

Just think what would happen if all the women in the world started loving themselves even more with every year that passed.
Perhaps a total revolution would occur.” – @sophiebashfordintuitive

Mom

 

tenorTo all those that have…,
Loved…
Hugged…
Listened….
Cleaned….
Cooked….
Taught…
Nurtured…
Encouraged…
Sang…
Laughed…
Cheered…
Nursed…
Bathed…
Ironed…
Worried…
Cried…
Mourned…
Missed…
Paced…
Played…
Inspired…
 With love and respect…

And…

For Those Who Hurt On Mothers Day

 

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Life Updates

 

 

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Life is getting pretty busy these days with the holistic health training’s I’m doing. And I don’t really plan on being a very active Arbonne Independent Consultant. In fact I took down most of what I posted about Arbonne products the last couple weeks because I just don’t have the time to put into being active with my business. It had been recommended to me that I add it to my blog. But after I did I realized the truth of the matter. Right now my business is sustaining itself just from word of mouth and my personal testimonials,  and that suits me just fine. As hard as I try I don’t have that MLM spirit in me lol.  But that being said I will always let people know I use the products and will help you find what’s right for you whether it be skincare, or a 30 day plan to change your nutrition habits, a new makeup makeover, or simply showing the best baby skin care you can get.

But in being honest with myself, it’s not the business direction I’m headed into. Eventually I want everything to mesh together as a whole holistic living package. I’m learning about essential oils and am super excited with how crystals and essential oils level up a Reiki session to another level. And in the end its not leaving me time to promote Arbonne the way I should as a consultant. For now I’m still an Independent Arbonne Consultant, and I will ALWAYS use the RE9 skin and body care lines, much of the cosmetics line and do often use items from the nutritional line. So if you need anything or are interested in what Arbonne has to offer as a company please just drop me a line or stop by the website!

 

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I’m taking my Crystal Healers exam tomorrow and will be adding that certification to my holistic resume. I’m super excited about that! And I’m delving into essential oils and maybe aromatherapy next! In a couple months I will be taking level 2 attunements and practicals for Holy Fire Reiki and Archangel Light Reiki. And I will be offering my Reiki services through The Spiritual Gift Shoppe’s Reiki Clinics to gain confidence in my practice. Not too distant plans are to rent out part of the shoppe as a start up for my own business. And late summer I plan to retake a Usui Reiki level one class with a new teacher here in another part of New Jersey. I’m not required to in order to be part of their Reiki Clinics, but I feel spiritually urged to work with a new teach from square one. Things are starting to pick up momentum as far as this new path I’m on and it’s becoming a dream come true for me.

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Loki’s medicine has been knocked down to one pill a day instead of two. I think his body is trying to adjust. But for the most part he is doing wayyyyyyy better than he was. He will never fully heal. It’s just something he’s always had issues with. But the treatment and diet change has made a world of difference and I know it’s made his life happier and longer. He’s not happy being the one cat in a one pet household now. But we aren’t sure how much borrowed time he’s on and we’d rather just focus on him for now.

I had a crazy dream the night before last that I was given a dog when my hubby was at work and I was trying to keep the dog hidden from him so he wouldn’t make me give the dog back lol.  In the dream I bonded with the dog instantly and felt my heart would shatter if he found out and I couldn’t keep him. I actually woke up so sad and ready to cry until I realized I was dreaming lol. Yes, I want a dog, and yeah my child mind wants it now. Then the adult brain kicks in and stops everything. *Sigh*

 

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Meanwhile the apartment is settling down from all the negative energy from Tinkas cancer. We did a whole apartment clean and sweep thing to try and get the icky feeling out and good healing energy for Loki back in. The energy feels more stable in here now.

Sorry the blog and my posts have been very random and in a state of friction with all the changes. I feel that the dust is starting to settle here too. Hope everyone’s having an awesome week and has some fun weekend plans to look forward to!

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You are magic in never ending motion

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Do not be steadfast
In your clinging
To the woman
You have become
Celebrate her
Honour her
Adore her
Sit with her
For only as long
As her wings
Do not smother you
Into her lap of comfort
The web of the familiar
Designed
To foster
A kind of attachment
That persuades you
Into believing
You have arrived
But in truth
Only renders
Your experience
Of you
To fifty shades
Of more
Of the same
For you
Are an
Infinite being
Always in motion
Heeding the call
To expand
Breath by breath
Into the adventure
Of uncovering
The unending
Vastness
Of you.

By: Ushmi Dosaja