About every other post or tweet/toot thread I see about the way the US is treating families of immigrants has some variation of this: “But what can we do?” Here’s four ways.
- The obvious first answer is to refuse to be silent. Keep talking about this, online and off.
- Keep making the phone calls to your representatives in government. If you don’t know where to start, 5calls.org is a good entry point.
- Help those who do know what to do. The International Refugee Assistance Project, for example, organizes lawyers and students to protect refugees and asylum seekers. Donate whatever you can today; it leverages every $1 donated into $10 of legal assistance. They also have action alerts (which I just found out about and signed up for), and if you’re part of a legal firm or school you may already have a chapter – and if not, you can start one. Charity Navigator lists several other highly-rated organizations that help refugees and immigrants, making it easy to ensure you’re helping those who help others.
- And finally, there are demonstrations being held across the country on 30 June. Find one at https://familiesbelong.org, and make our voices public and heard (that’s rule #3, btw).