Writers for Migrant Justice

$1,835 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 1 month
Created July 15, 2019
Writers for Migrant Justice
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Organizers: Javier Zamora, Jan-Henry Gray, Anni Liu, Christopher Soto


Hi Friends,

We have decided to launch "Writers for Migrant Justice" in order to support the groundwork being done by Immigrant Families Together . Online, we want to raise $5K by Wednesday, September 4th in order to support detained / formerly detained migrants. 

** We are also hosting protest readings at 45+ cities (listed below) on September 4th. These readings are being lead by our friends in the literary world. We are no longer able to accept any more cities to organize with us, unfortunately. Our small team is at management capacity. Thank you all so much for your support. If your city is not listed below, then the best way to be of help is to donate online and share with your friends.



Immigrant Families Together (IFT) was founded in June 2018 in response to the inhumane immigration policy separating families at the U.S./Mexico border. They pay bonds for parents in detention and work to reunite them with their children. Additionally, they support over 100 reunited families as they recover from their detention trauma and adjust to life in the U.S. while their asylum cases are adjudicated. All of the IFT volunteers are working pro-bono. Thus, ALL of your funds will go directly to rapid response needs. This New York Times article "How Regular Americans Can Help Reunite Migrant Families " says more about the impact of IFT and why we love them.


- Pay bonds to release detained migrants.
- Legal and relocation costs for related detained migrants.
- Acute needs such as medical, food and transportation costs, clothing, blankets, car seats and diapers for families who have been released, and temporary housing stipends for refugees who have just been released from detention and have no family in the U.S.
- Supporting our partners on the border with their critical needs.
- Operating costs to cover emerging needs and infrastructure.



New York, NY : Hosted by Javier Zamora
Details TBA

Chicago, IL: Hosted by  Jan-Henry Gray
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Raleigh, NC: Hosted by Eduardo C. Corral
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Memphis, TN: Hosted by c. guaragno
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Berkeley, CA: Hosted by Carla Sofia Ferreira
Moe's Books  2476 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
Readers: Barbara Jane Reyes; Wendy Trevino; Preeti Vangani (& possibly more)
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/402797070355280/

Los Angeles, CA: Hosted by Vanessa Angélica Villareal
Details TBA

Washington, DC: Hosted by Daria-Ann Martineau
Event location:  AMERICAN POETRY MUSEUM 716 Monroe Street NE #25, Washington DC 20017
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Readers: Arifa Ahsan | Maricielo Ampudia | Derrick Weston Brown | Doritt Carroll | Mena El Turky | Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez | Sami Miranda | Malka Older | Elizabeth St. Victor | and more!
Event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-for-migrant-justice-dc-tickets-69328656879?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Philly, PA. Hosted by p.e. garcia
Details TBA

Tallahassee, FL: Hosted by Alexa Doran (co-hosts Laura Louise Minor and Mat Wenzel)
The Bark, 507 All Saints Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303
At 7pm
Readers: Morgan Flake, Dustin Pearson, Barbara Hamby, DM Aderibigbe, Mat Wenzel, Tanya Grae, Michael Rothenberg, Ruth Ann, Terri Carrion, Laura Louise Minor, Alexa Doran

Denver, CO: Hosted by Natalie Earnhart/Dylan Rose
Details TBA

Portland, OR: Hosted by Trenna Sharpe
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Phoenix, AZ: Hosted by Joel Salcido
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Hosted by Kim Sousa 
White Whale Bookstore 
4754 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15224
7pm - 9pm 
Malcolm Friend, Tanya Shirazi, Adriana Ramírez and Kim Sousa 

South Bend, IN: Hosted by Francisco Aragón
Details TBA

Oklahoma City, OK: Hosted by Janine Joseph and Iliana Rocha
Event location and start time: Commonplace Books, 1325 N Walker Ave, OKC. 7 pm
Readers: Hiba Cheema, Carolyn Dunn, Ken Hada, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Jordan Mazariegos, and RC Davis-Undiano & more
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2406962146224354/

San Diego, CA: Hosted by Jenny Minniti
Details TBA

Boston, MA: Hosted by Cheryl Clark Vermeulen, Oliver de la Paz, Alana Folsom, Anna Ross, Zachary Bos
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San Francisco, CA: Hosted by Heather June Gibbons
Green Apple Books on the Park, 7:30 PM
1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Readers: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Maw Shein Win, Chris Feliciano Arnold
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/450556998874550

Miami, FL: Hosted by P Scott Cunningham
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Fayetteville, AR: Hosted by Open Mouth Reading Series
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McAllen, TX: Hosted by Poets Against Walls / Cesar L de León
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Ann Arbor, MI: Hosted by Sumita Chakraborty and Tariq Luthun
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Lincoln, NE: Hosted by Ángel García and Katie Marya
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Houston, TX: Hosted by Daniel Peña, Lupe Méndez, and Robin Davidson
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De Moines, IA: Hosted by Heather Der Smith
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Fresno, CA: Hosted by Fresno Women Read, Women Writers of Color—Central Valley, and Fecund Stitch
Event location and start time: The Back Room at the Revue Coffee Shop, 630 E Olive Ave, 6pm 
Readers: Juan Felipe Herrera, Marisol Baca, Venita Blackburn, David Campos, Carribean Fragoza, Juan Luiz Guzman, Lee Herrick, Aideed Medina, and Brynn Saito
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1203291793175870/

Austin, TX: Hosted by Jesus Valles
Details TBA

Wilmington, NC: Hosted by Melissa Crowe
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Providence, RI: Hosted by Kate Schapira and Stine An and Christopher J. Lee
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Buffalo, New York: Hosted by Peach Mag, Coffin Bell Journal, Ghost City Press, and WNY Book Arts Center
Event location: WNY Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.), 7pm
Readers: open mic
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/442830829680193/

San Rafael, CA: Hosted by Judy Halebsky
Details TBA

Birmingham, AL: Hosted by Emma Bolden and and Alina Ştefănescu
Event location: Desert Island Supply Company (DISCO), 5500 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35212
Start time: 5:00
Readers: By sign-up
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/writersformigrantjusticebirmingham/

Salt Lake City, UT: Hosted by Paula Mendoza, JP Grasser, and Matty Layne Glasgow 
Details TBA

Columbus, OH: Eloisa Amezcua & Costura Creative
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Tucson, AZ: Hosted Raquel Gutiérrez and Susan Briante
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Orlando, FL: Hosted by Rebecca Renner & Burrow Press
Location: Lil Indie's
Address: 1036 N Mills Avenue. Orlando, FL 32803
Start time: 8 PM ** This reading is September 4
Readers: Lana Ghannam, Arjun Govindan, Racquel Henry, Lucianna Chixaro Ramos
Event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2857244777679274/
Event link 2:  https://www.willspub.org/e/loose-lips-the-september-edition-69234970661/

Bridgeport, CT: Hosted by Sonya Huber
Details TBA

Gambier, OH: Hosted by Elizabeth Dark and Kenyon Review
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Cleveland, OH: Hosted by Kevin Latimer and Barnhouse Collective
Event location:  Bookhouse Brewing at 7pm (1526 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113)
Readers:  Sony Q. Ton-Aime, Ra Washington, Alex DiFrancesco, JDavid Ockunzzi, & Naazneen Diwan
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2129436547361123/

New Orleans, LA: Hosted by p.e. moskowitz
Details TBA

Asheville, NC: Hosted by Steve Energia
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Greensboro, NC: Hosted by Emilia Phillips
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Seattle, WA
**Event was early, on Aug 13. Please donate online, if this is your city :)
This link  is to an interview about the reading that happened in Seattle.

Jacksonville, FL: Hosted by Carmen Calatayud
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Elizabeth, NJ: Hosted by Ysabel Y. Gonzalez
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Baltimore, Maryland: Hosted by Aditya Desai
Event location: Press Press (427 N Eutaw St) 
Start time: 7 PM 
Readers: Malka Older, Mejdulene B. Shomali, Erika Franz, Nancy Nguyen, & Shabnam Samuel
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/526955298047927/

San Antonio, Texas: Hosted by Faylita Hicks
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Chapel Hill, NC: Hosted by Gabrielle Calvocoressi
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