December 9, 2019
Please help us support families seeking asylum on our border, and the organizations serving and supporting those families. A Washington interfaith women of color delegation (members listed below) is bringing aid in the form of money and supplies to frontline organizers defending, loving and sustaining the thousands of people that are at our Southern border, facing desperate circumstances, limited options, and challenging choices. As organizers ourselves, we know they really need our support! The delegation is in San Diego/Tijuana until December 11.
As people of faith and women of color, we also know that the abuse happening on our Southern border is devastatingly wrong, as are the attacks on international human rights, such as the right of migration and seeking asylum. We also understand the interconnectedness of our various forms of struggle, and believe our liberation is tied together. We seek to directly witness what is happening on our Southern border in order to raise awareness, engage more communities in this critical work, identify specific ways to help, and draw connections between our movement in Washington state and our extended human family and organizers on the border and beyond. In addition, we seek to celebrate the courage and resilience of those fleeing persecution and seeking a better future for their families, and emphasize our love beyond borders -- exactly as our various faith traditions teach us.
When the delegation returns, they will organize a community forum to share with you how your funds were allocated; how to keep our engagement with local and National campaigns like #CloseTheCamps, #FamiliesBelongTogether and others; and how to support the efforts of local organizers making a difference for immigrants right here in Washington, and our connections down there on the border.
Reverend Dr. Kelle Brown- Senior Pastor at Plymouth UCC in Seattle
Aneelah Afzali- Executive Director of MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network); Steering Committee of WA Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN); Board Member of Faith Action Network
Hamdi Mohamed- Immigrant and Refugee Policy Advisor at the King County Executive’s Office of Equity and Social Justice; King County Immigrant & Refugee Commissioner
Palmira Figueroa- Campaign Manager at Social Justice Fund NW; WA Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)
Bookda Gheisar- Senior Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Port of Seattle
Haydee Lavariega- Community Impact Manager of Early Learning at United Way; WA Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)
Donated funds will be held by Plymouth Church, and distributed to the individuals/families and organizations on the ground. Delegation members are personally paying their own costs associated with their travel.