Mama and Her Boys Need Us!
In Spring of 2017, a small group of concerned community members came together to provide support for a local Guatemalan family seeking asylum. Allies for Immigration Justice is part of that group. We are deeply grateful for the generous donors who have made it possible to continue.You can read more about this family by clicking the "Donate" button.
Freedom for Immigrants
implements visitation programs at the detention centers to help alleviate the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit driven system.They
advocate for the end to immigration detention centers and the implementation of community based alternatives.
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6 episodes on Netflix
(60 min. each)
Released August, 2020
Co-directors Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz’s six-part series offers a complex, 360-degree view of the American immigration system, combining in-depth research, empathetic storytelling and bold investigative journalism into a uniquely urgent humanitarian appeal.
We envision a country where all people, regardless of immigration status, are treated with respect and dignity, and have access to a fulfilling and prosperous political, economic and social life.
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CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
Did you know that calls to elected officials on any given issue are tallied? Those numbers can be an important indicator about where voters stand on a particular issue, and provide evidence of voter support when your legislator is debating the issue with colleagues.
The landscape is constantly changing on immigration issues. We make it easy to advocate! Check our facebook page often for updated scripts. We will let you know who to call, provide you with contact information, and tell you what to say.
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Visit Immigrants Being Held in Detention in Bakersfield
Mesa Verde is a private-for-profit detention facility in Bakersfield where asylum seekers and people contesting their deportation orders are detained. A volunteer group, called Kern Welcoming and Extending Solidarity to Immigrants (KWESI) runs a volunteer-based visitation program offering people friendship and a connection to the outside world. Allies for Immigration Justice organizes regular trips from San Luis Obispo to the detention center. You do not need to be able to speak Spanish in order to visit.
Due to Covid-19, visitations are cancelled
until further notice.
The mission of Via Café (based in Tijuana) is to connect people across borders. "Escuela Amistad" is one of the virtual programs that Via Café offers. It's an online language school for practicing real life conversations in Spanish. You’ll not only have the opportunity to practice your Spanish with a language buddy from across the border, you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the border, and gain a new perspective of someone from another culture! The money you pay to take the classes supports the language buddy you are working with. You can read the stories of the current language buddies here.
Dan Watman (bottom row center) is the director of Via Café. He has worked as a Spanish instructor for over 20 years. A longtime resident of Tijuana, Mexico, Dan sees the purpose of language instruction as helping students establish meaningful friendships with native speakers.