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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:28

 

Come Together. Resist.

 

Dear NALAC Familia, Friends, and Colleagues:

 

These are difficult times for Latino communities as we face the devastation caused by most recent Hurricanes , the proposed dismantling of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and implementing parts of Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4), and the flagrant attacks by White supremacists targeting communities of color.

 

First, we want to express a message of support and hope to the Gulf Coast, Southeast and Caribbean communities impacted by the hurricanes. We pray for your safety and we will support you now and into the future. We encourage others to do whatever they can to help everyone in those communities. Amid this tragedy we are witnessing acts of love, compassion, and the re-weaving of trust in each other. Let’s use this spirit of conviviality to re-tell the stories of who we are as a diverse country and stand up for one another.

 

Immediate support needs to be focused on providing basic needs of water, food and shelter and you can find information about where to get and offer help through this link from the Texas Tribune. You can also link to Colorlines to see where to donate to communities of color.

 

Support specifically for artists and performing arts organizations impacted by the hurricane is available. The Texas Commission on the Arts has organized a comprehensive outline of federal, state, and nonprofit resources. The Actors Fund is offering emergency financial assistance and other resources for those working in performing arts and entertainment. CERF+ provides emergency relief for artists working in craft disciplines; email [email protected] for details. The Joan Mitchell Foundation is also offering grants available for emergency support.  Additionally, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has compiled a list of emergency resources for artist and arts communities.

 

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over a period of two and half years. The eventual elimination of DACA puts our nation’s youth at risk of deportation once again by removing them form the only home they have known.

 

As of September 5, 2017, no new initial requests for DACA, will be accepted. Only DACA renewal requests received by October 5, 2017 will be considered on a case by case basis. Any DACA work permits that are set to expire March 5, 2018 must apply for renewal before October 5, 2017. Here is information you need to know, from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center(ILRC), about the elimination of the DACA program. A FAQ has been posted by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) about DACA and Your Workplace Rights. Additionally, FWD.us has links to two proposed bills; the Recognizing America’s Children Act in the House and The Dream Act in the Senate, that could give protection back to our Dreamers.

 

Dreamers, have taken the leadership role in the immigration fight and we must stand side by side with them and join the fight for their freedom.

 

The attacks in Charlottesville by White supremacists and neo-Nazis made visible to others the racism and violence our communities have experienced over multiple generations. Those spewing racial violence against us are emboldened by a president who uses his bully pulpit to attack our communities directly, create division and incite a cultural war.

 

Now is not the time to be silent. This is the time to call upon our resilience and compassion and raise our voices in defiance of racism, bigotry, and hatred.

 

Resist.

 

 

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