Asylum seekers fleeing South and Central America are under attack by Customs and Border Protection agents and the additional 5,000 troops Trump has sent to border cities. Just last week in Tijuana, CBP fired tear gas at families with young children. Additionally, border cities are facing a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Thousands of individuals waiting for their asylum cases to be heard sleep on the cold dirt or in makeshift tents, without food, clothes, or water. There is a massive lack of resources and people willing to provide those resources. Asylum seekers at the border urgently need aid, supplies, and support.
Please read this important interview with one of our fellow Movimiento Cosecha activists about their experience working on the ground with the Caravan Support Network:https://www.npr.org/2018/11/27/670807343/fact-check-whats-happening-on-the-u-s-mexico-border?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2056&fbclid=IwAR3kUOSGDxqhnMoo-xtBtiyExjyTZ3gnePrXv1fqa16_wBGM2VwZlCVV8eo&t=1543331623685Who we are:
We, Brandeis students, TRII advocates, and Movimiento Cosecha activists, are taking action. Emilia Feldman (‘19)
will travel to the San Diego-Tijuana border for 3 weeks this winter where she will later be joined by Alejandra Bonilla (‘21). Ellie Kleiman (‘21)
is organizing the project's logistics and communications and coordinating fundraising with the rest of our Movimiento Cosecha team. On the ground, Emilia and Alejandra will join the Movimiento Cosecha team in distributing donations, documenting stories through interviews and photographs, and standing by the sides of asylum seekers as they cross the border and wait for their cases to be processed.
The three of us currently serve as advocates at The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII), a student-run, clinic that helps individuals in the Waltham area seek asylum and navigate the immigration system. We are also activists and volunteer organizers with Movimiento Cosecha MA, a chapter of the national movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.SWe cannot get to the border alone!
We are asking our community to help us travel to the border and purchase much-needed resources so that we can aid the individuals crossing, hear and document their stories, and connect with grassroots activists from around the country.
Please help us fight to achieve justice on behalf of the many families fleeing violence and unlivable conditions in South and Central America!