This week, the family of a 7-year-old child in Austin, TX set up a hot chocolate stand to raise funds to support building the wall between the US and Mexico. He raised $1400 onsite, and $5K with additional online donations. Berkeley's 10-year-old Lily Ellis could not accept this. She knows that families are still separated - with children being caged, illegally adopted and parents unable to be reunited.
On Sunday, 10-year-old Lily and her best friend Lauren (also 10) will host a Mexican Hot Chocolate stand to raise funds to reunite families separated at the U.S.--Mexico border. The sale will be hosted in front of Berkeley's historic Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.
Who are these young activists?
LILY is a member of the GRAMMY-nominated kids hip hop crew, the Alphabet Rockers , who just sold out 400-seats at the Freight & Salvage with an all-ages concert last weekend.
LAUREN'S family runs Jenny's Churros . They'll be serving churros and Mexican hot chocolate, along with a variety of donated sweets and community bake sale - all for donations to support RAICES, whose mission is to "help separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors, and others who are seeking asylum in the United States." They will be joined by the rest of the Alphabet Rockers, as well as 11-year-old organizer Kaia Marbin (who organized "Families Belong Together" rally at Lake Merritt in June 2018, attended by 2,500 people).
Why are they doing this?
LILY says: "I appreciate what he did and liked his idea so I’m gonna do it too and try to raise even more money to push back on that wall."
Lily’s MOM, Zoe says : "I appreciate this young man for sparking more action from my gamily. For reminding me of the real urgency to reunite families. I may not agree with his cause , but I can support his choice to act on his beliefs and do more to take more even action on my own beliefs."
LAUREN says: "This is important to me because no child should be separated from their parents or loved ones especially when they come to our country for a better life. This is not what we stand for and everyone should be given a chance to live peacefully."
Lauren’s MOM,Jenny says: "It’s important to give our children a vehicle to express themselves, support their activism, and raise morally and socially just leaders."
Press/Interviews: Beth Blenz-Clucas [email redacted]
Volunteer: Contact Zoe Ellis
More information about Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services: RAICES is the largest immigration organization in Texas. Serving asylum seekers, immigrants, families in detention, and providing education and support to our community, RAICES has staff in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Washington, D.C. RAICES closed over 70,000 cases in 2016 and provided shelter to 6,000 asylum seekers.
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