I need your help to save my friend Edmund's life.
He has a court hearing in NYC on January 30th and is facing detention and deportation to Trinidad.
He has sickle-cell disease, experiences sickle-cell crises on a regular basis, and is in and out of Kings County Hospital every couple of weeks for dialysis and treatment.
He's been married to his wife Shameka since September of 2015, and was in the process of getting his US Citizenship. Tameka is a natural-born US Citizen.
He is my friend, and he is only a few years younger than me (they call us "twin towers" at Kings county hospital sometimes because we are more or less the same height - extremely tall.
If he is deported, it will be essentially a death sentence, because he won't be afforded the care he needs to live in Trinidad.
Sickle-cell crises are one of the most physically painful ailments to experience, and yet Edmund is one of the most loving and happy people I've ever had the pleasure to call my friend. But he does suffer a tremendous amount on a regular basis.
He doesn't need to be deported for any damn reason, he's helping his mother raise his niece Nala (pictured), and his younger teenage brother Elijah.
And he will be effectively murdered by the state and by Trump's immigration policies if he is deported. Even in NYC, he is under this threat.
Needless to say, it is a complete outrage and is completely antithetical to what this nation of immigrants is about at it's core: universal human rights.
He had an arrest a few years ago, in April of 2011, and was tasered by the NYPD a because they didn't understand that he was sick and needed medical attention. Instead of trying to understand that he was in need of medical attention, they tased him.
Edmund and his wife Tameka (again, a natural US Citzen) were married on September 15, 2015, and are helping raise Elijah and Nala. Edmund is basically their father, and the loss of him will not only sentence him to a miserable death on Trinidad (where he knows nobody, and why would he, he's been living in America for 20 + years).
I'm raising $ for his legal defense. I'm hoping that this message will reach as many people as possible who will give give Ed a chance at hiring competent legal defense.
$12,000 is the total amount proper legal representation from the law offices of Spar & Bernstein will cost.
If you want to help in any way ($, awareness, etc) let me know. This is crowdfunding, so give what you can and pass it on to others.
This is a chance to take action against Trump's immigration regime. (Attack and deligitimize press, scapegoat immigrants...gee where have we seen this before...).
Any thoughts or ideas on how to help him are welcome.
He is a capable handyman and is looking for a utilities janitorial gig in NYC to raise money for his defense that will understand his disability and still employ him.
If he is deported, the outcome of a painful death is pretty much guaranteed.
Thank you so much for reading this :)
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