6/16/18

DEMAND the US Govt STOP SEPARATING CHILDREN from FAMILIES NOW

This article is a very detailed explanation of the practice and how it works:
The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, "explained" Why children are being sent to “foster care or whatever” while their parents are sent to jail. - Vox.com

Contact Federal Elected Officials and tell them to get those children back to their families now!

Contact the President of the United States by filling out the online contact form or by calling the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 or the comments line at 202-456-1111 during business hours.
Contact Members of the U.S. Congress
Contact Virginia Elected Officials
Contact RVA Elected Officials

Support advocacy organizations

RAICES: This Texas-based organization offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families. Donate here and sign up as a volunteer here.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras: This organization provides humanitarian aid and shelter to migrants on their way to the U.S. Donate here.

Together Rising: This Virginia-based organization is helping provide legal assistance for 60 migrant children who were separated from their parents and are currently detained in Arizona. Donate here.

Al Otro Lado: This bi-national organization works providing legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S. Donate here.

The Florence Project: This Arizona-based organization offers free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody. Donate here.

(This list is from an article at https://www.refinery29.com/2018/06/201849/how-to-help-parents-children-kids-separated-border)

5/20/18

A Note for May 20, 2018

Greetings friends,

The Sacred Ground Project (SGP) has partnered with Preservation Virginia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Valentine, and the Amherst, Massachusetts-based Center for Design Engagement (C*DE) to apply for funding from the National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to conduct an economic impact and benefits study of the Community Proposal for a Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park. The application was due May 16, and we hope to hear good news this summer.

To extend the conversation, SGP and C*DE are hosting a two-part program called the Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park Economic Strategies Forum designed to inspire discussion and ideas for Richmond by showcasing successful models for economic development in neighborhoods that produce real jobs and economic benefit for the people who live in those neighborhoods. Part one is called "Creating Livelihoods" and part two, "Home and Land" will discuss traditional and non-traditional models for home ownership and home retention. Save the Date July 12 for Part One.