Here's an update:
We returned from Tijuana on January 19th, after helping refugees directly for almost a week. Our first stop was Enclave Caracol. This anarchist collective-run building houses a soup kitchen (¡Comida No Bombas!) on the first floor, a medical clinic on the 2nd floor, and the legal collective "Al Otro Lado" on the 3rd & 4th floors. The legal group does stellar work! They coordinate many volunteer lawyers and Spanish interpreters (we had Lorraine & Betsy) to help the refugees record the horrendous stories of why they need to escape their countries of birth. They also advise these asylum seekers of what they might expect when they present themselves at the border, ie: possible separation from their children (@#$#^%$&!!!), weeks of detention in horrid conditions, and possible deportation back to their countries, where they may face being murdered! My camera took the pic of the picture book accidentally, while I was inside Enclave Caracol (photos NOT ALLOWED for safety of refugees!), reading to kids in Spanish...
Next, we went to World Central Kitchen, where we helped prepare food for many different refugee encampments and shelters. Pictured is a World Central Kitchen lunch sheet from a week before we came -- note how well-organized they are! The locations are mostly refugee camps within 30 minutes of the border, but ALSO note the one that says "Weddings"... At Enclave Caracol (a 10-minute walk from WCK), they not only give legal advice to and record the horrendous stories of all the refugees, but they also perform weddings to legalize unions and to celebrate LOVE!!! WCK provides food for the weddings every few days at 3pm, and also for all the legal workshops every single day at 1pm.
The Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County is gathering resources and volunteers to send to the US/Mexico border to help the asylum seekers there.
People ask: "Why should we assist these refugees at our border?" If you were to observe the multitude of refugees around the globe fleeing devastating crises, so many of which have been caused by endless wars funded largely by the US, you might consider it the moral thing to do. We can’t easily travel to help Iraqi, Afghani, or Haitian refugees, but we can show up to help the Central American asylum seekers who are at our Southern border right now.
Would you please lend a hand and contribute a few bucks to help humanity? The Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County is calling for contributions to provide humanitarian aid at the border. Their first trip is coming up very soon (1/13 - 19), and they want to sponsor additional humanitarian forays to the border this winter and beyond.