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Thursday, June 13, 2019

How to help the migrants and our country, right now


TEXAS

-       STOP DEATH AND MISTREATMENT

o   South Texas Human Rights Center
http://southtexashumanrights.org/

A community-based center, this humanitarian organization seeks to end death and suffering on the Texas-Mexico border. It engages in different community initiatives to attain this goal.

o   Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services is the largest provider of free and low cost immigration services in West Texas and says it’s the only organization in El Paso serving unaccompanied children.

o   Circle of Health International has staffed a clinic caring for refugees and asylum seekers immediately upon their their release. Their McAllen, Texas, clinic is currently seeing up to 100 patients a day.

o   The El Paso-based Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center provides legal representation to immigrants who might not be able to afford it otherwise. It’s accepting volunteers and donations.


-       LEGAL SERVICES

o   RAICES https://www.raicestexas.org/ The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. RAICES is the largest immigration non-profit in Texas with offices in Austin, Corpus, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
o   Casa de Proyecto Libertad
http://www.proyectolibertad.net/
Provides legal defense and advocacy for immigrant families in the Rio Grande Valley, supporting community organizing for immigrant human rights. The organization gives quality, low-cost legal services for immigrants, and is always looking for volunteers.

o   ProBAR (The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project), based in Harlingen, Texas, provides free legal services to detained asylum-seekers. It recruits, trains, and coordinates the activities of volunteer lawyers, law students, and legal assistants. (It is a joint project of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is supported by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.)

o   The Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking “volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience.”


ARIZONA

-       STOP DEATH AND MISTREATMENT

o   No More Deaths/No Más Muertes
http://nomoredeaths.org/
A humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona, it works to end death and suffering in U.S.-Mexico borderlands. It encourages a humane immigrant policy and seeks for volunteers for its programs and services. Its website also provides up-to-date information about migrant deaths in the border; note that this is currently not available as the website is offline.

-       LEGAL

o   The Florence Project is an Arizona project offering free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody.
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-       IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

o   Coalición de Derechos Humanos
http://www.derechoshumanosaz.net/
Grassroots organization that promotes human and civil rights of immigrants, fighting border militarization and migrant abuses. Derechos Humanos acts to influence public policy and opinion on immigration. Its bilingual website has useful resources for immigrants and advocates, such as 'Know Your Rights' cards, an abuse report hotline, and updated information on Arizona migrant deaths.



CALIFORNIA

-       STOP DEATH AND MISTREATMENT

o   Ángeles del Desierto/The Desert Angels
http://losangelesdeldesierto.org/
A binational humanitarian group, located in San Diego, CA, that conducts search & rescue operations, with the sole purpose of saving lives and rescuing bodies. The organization also helps with Mexican repatriations and by leaving essential supplies along paths.

-       IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

o   American Friends Service Committee San Diego
http://www.afsc.org/office/san-diego-ca
AFSC San Diego supports immigrant-led organizations by developing "human rights committees" and working to include immigrant voices in policy debates. It is also in charge of the AFSC San Diego U.S.-Mexico Border Program which seeks to protect the human rights and self-determination of migrants and border communities.

o   Many migrants cleared to enter the U.S. by the Department of Homeland Security are turning to a migrant shelter run by the San Diego Rapid Response Network for help. The coalition provides these families with basic supplies, legal services, and information about the rights of asylum seekers, as well as travel and limited financial assistance to help them reach loved ones in other U.S. cities. You can help fund the group's recently opened migrant family shelter by donating to this GoFundMe campaign



ACROSS THE BORDER

-       STOP DEATH AND MISTREATMENT

o   Coalición de Derechos Humanos CDH (described below in Immigrant Rights section) has a Missing Migrant Project which includes specific attention to the recovery of remains. https://derechoshumanosaz.net/resources/disappeared-report/

o   Humane Borders/Fronteras Compasivas
http://www.humaneborders.org/
Offers humanitarian assistance through the deployment of water stations on routes commonly used by migrants, with the sole goal of preventing deaths. It also develops informational resources about migrant deaths, and accepts volunteers.

o   Colibri Center for Human Rights
http://colibricenter.org/
Holds a comprehensive database of missing persons last seen crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, using the information to match families with unidentified remains and advocate for the continuing human rights crisis on the border. 

o   The Sanctuary Caravan is a group supporters, including faith, labor, and community leaders, accompanying migrant children and their families at the border. You can get involved by housing a migrant family, volunteering, fundraising, joining upcoming events, or donating

-       IMMIGRANT RIGHTS:

o   Border Network for Human Rights
http://bnhr.org
/
BNHR is an immigration reform and human rights advocacy group. It is a grassroots organizer with a large membership and capabilities, currently focusing on the nation-wide push for a just immigration reform. The organization also releases useful reports, including annual documentations of abuses in the border. 

o   Southern Border Communities Coalition
http://soboco.org/
Bringing together 60 organizations from California to Texas, Southern Border Communities Coalition looks to ensure fair and accountable border enforcement, humane and rational immigration policy, and a positive quality of life for border communities. Its website has up-do-date border accountability information, including a section documenting Border Patrol murders since 2010.

o   Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project works to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families fleeing violence. The group accepts donations and asks people to sign up for volunteer opportunities here.
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MEXICO

-       LEGAL SERVICES

o   Centro de los Derechos del Migrante
http://www.cdmigrante.org/
Binational organization based in Mexico City that educates, empowers, and advocates for immigrants, while also providing transnational legal representation and advice. CDM focuses on the rights of Mexico-based migrant workers who must constantly move between their homes and the United States.

-       IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

o   Save the Children, an organization that protects and supports children around the world, has set up child-friendly spaces in Tijuana. Save the Children creates these spaces in emergency situations in an effort to provide children with a safe, playful environment that's stocked with toys and crafts. You can help support migrant children's needs by donating here
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CONGRESS



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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Best jewelry ideas for summer fashion for the whole family

Moms can leave themselves behind as they struggle to keep up with the kids and family obligations. No one feels particularly pretty when doing the dishes for the third time in a day. But that doesn't mean we want to forget our ourselves, and sometimes we can cherish our loved ones in ways that highlight the relationships without the chores.

Enter get name necklace. These personalized pieces allow you to express your deepest love and affection for those you care about in your own unique way. And it's not just regulated to words, although a poem or beautiful screed could be just what your loved one needs at the time--a well-placed inside joke, super-hero reference or song lyric could mean everything. But if you are more visually based, they can actually etch sketches on your preferred metal pieces, giving you artistic photo-realist reminders of those you hold dearest. The Sterling Silver Carrie Name Necklace is one of my absolute favorites.

Plus, it's not just about necklaces. Father's Day is just around the corner, and these etchings look amazing on dog tags for Dad. Not that necklaces can't be for guys. There are several models just perfect for the man in your life. A simple ball chain and sturdy vertical make the jewelry sleek and subtle. Not to mention you can rake in the deals this week and throughout the summer with various codes for holidays (three for Father's Day alone!), shipping rates, and discounts on bundled orders.

There is also a vast collection of rings for your birthday needs and more. I know I always need more gemstone jewelry for my birthday, and July's ruby is one of my favorites. Not to mention earrings, bracelets and full collections you can collect. Plus, they have free express shipping on certain orders, and they accept not only all major credit cards, but PayPal and other online payment, as well.

As I gear up for the summer gift-giving season, I know I'm taking my business to https://www.getnamenecklace.com/name-necklace. I love personalized gifts, and this is right up my alley.




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Resolutions - 2019

In keeping with tradition, I will make 10 resolutions for myself and 5 with regard to my children and never look at them again until nearly 2020. 2018 was a very big, very stressful year. Most of the resolutions will probably remain the same and I'll just try to keep them this time.

10) Drink 4 glasses of water a day.

Same as last year. I didn't keep it up last year, and I think it would really help me feel better.

9) Go to the gym and/or run consistently 3-4 times a week.

I want to keep this one too. I think I can do it this year.

8) Stop biting my nails

Keeping it. Every year I try.

7) Do something at least once a week to help those in need, or resist politically.

I'll try to keep track of this with the activist check-in posts.

6) Fix three things about the house

There is lots to fix. Last year I did the deck and the roof and the gutters. This year, maybe the driveway, the toilets and the bathroom grout? Maybe the lawn? Don't know!

5) Make $90,000 and/or get a full-time position somewhere.

This is a huge stretch. HUGE. I'd be happy with $80K again. I'd be over the moon with $85. I'd also be happy if I could grab a full-time job at a place. But, of course, that means I have to apply.

4) Publish 50 pieces and teach a full course load all year.

I'm going to keep this one. I got to 45 pieces, and I think I can bump it up to 50.

3) Get my passport and Portuguese citizenship (if not for me, at least for the girls).

Since I didn't do this last year, I'm going to try for it again.

2) Start a vegetable garden and keep it alive.

Way easier said than done.

1) Read 12 books.

My reading has taken a nose dive in recent years. I'm averaging 2-3 books a year at this point. I'd like to bump that up. It means I'd be relaxing a little more, too, which is always good.



For my kids and I, I resolve the following:

5) Get them to stop fighting all the time.

Lol. Every year we try.

4) Sign them up for separate activities they might enjoy.

One is really into basketball, maybe dance for the other? Sign them up and take them to their practices, etc.

3) Save $10,000 more each for them.

I'll be happy if I can manage 5K each, but 10 is the goal.

2) Spend at least 10 minutes with them, doing something they want to do every day.

It's amazing how hard this is to do.

1) Have them do chores every day.

Chores every day, because people do chores. But not my kids. LOL not my kids. Going to try this again this year.


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