“Colonial states separate children from parents because they know it works. It destroys and traumatized for generations. It’s an attack on the future as well as the present. It’s not partisan, it’s a colonial one." - Jesse Wente
On Wednesday, nearly 680 people in Mississippi were detained by ICE in what was the largest single-state workplace enforcement action in U.S. history. Children separated from their caregivers. ICE is a domestic terrorist organization and a tool for state violence. The news has been hitting me in waves, the sheer magnitude of what has been unfolding. The ramifications of our actions (and silences).
And money matters. So I'm sending you this extra newsletter in case you'd like to donate to some of the organizations doing critical frontline work in Mississippi -- the El Pueblo Mississippi, MacArthur Justice Center, Mississippi Center for Justice, Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network, and ACLU of Mississippi.
You can allocate the funds across the groups however you want. For example, I am keen on supporting the smaller organizations.
- El Pueblo Mississippi is organizing with the immigrant community and providing direct services to children and families in Mississippi.
- MacArthur Justice Center is coordinating volunteer lawyers and the legal response on behalf of detained individuals and their children.
- Mississippi Center for Justice is organizing legal coordination for immigrant families affected by the raids.
- Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) is providing support services to the immigrant community and coordinating the hotline.
- Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN) is providing support services to the immigrant community and coordinating the hotline.
- ACLU MS promotes civil liberties by providing legal support and impact litigation for the immigrant community.