Matthew is a radiant member of the New Paltz community who has spent much time here supporting local community, art, business and culture. You may know Matthew aka Fantasea as a promoter and performing artist from the local art scene or just as another wonderful person you'd meet being in the town of New Paltz. Matthew was detained by I.C.E. officials arriving a court date in the town of New Paltz. Matthew was detained in Essex County Correctional Facility for 2 and half months while he waited to see an immigration judge. Matthew was released on bond on February 1st.
Matthew’s fight is not over! He is seeking several forms of immigration relief and all of this application and legal fees are completely out of reach for him to cover alone.It's imperative that we support Matthew our friend and also a queer person of color who is going through the immigration trial process process right now.
Any sharing, fundraising, event coordinating and activism that we can do to show our support for them in this time is of vital importance. Please follow this page and the Gofundme for updates on what kind of support is needed. Right now we are looking to raise $7,000 for legal defense, legal fees, application fees, etc - that is required to help them through this legal process. There is likely to be more and varied forms of support that Matthew will need from his community, please stay tuned with us and show this town and the world that you cannot abduct our deeply valued friends and community members without due rage and action.