Family Unity Local Help at the Border
LUPE protects family unity against deportations through legal aid, community organizing, and community partnerships. The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has set off a humanitarian crisis along the U.S./Mexico border, unjustly separated over 2,400 children from their parents. In their response to criticism from across the political spectrum, the administration has moved toward the indefinite detention of families as the “solution.” This is not only immoral, it is also illegal under U.S. and international law.
La Union del Pueblo Entero, LUPE is among several local non-profits on the ground in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas helping with this imminent crisis. The Rio Grande Valley needs your help!
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Join the Fast!
La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Neta are protesting these wrongful actions that hurt the immigrant community of the Rio Grande Valley through a 24-hour hunger strike and prayer chain that will last 24 days, in honor of the more than 2,400 children separated from their parents. Here is the link to the event: Break Bread, Not Families Fast
Fasting as a means of nonviolent protest is a historic tool utilized by Cesar Chavez, the founder of La Union del Pueblo Entero, in resistance to the injustice faced by farm workers of Mexican descent. Cesar’s commitment to nonviolent protest, including his fasts, won the support and friendship of Robert F. Kennedy to the farm worker cause.
Local folks and those able to make the trip to the RGV are encouraged to on any (or multiple) of the 24 days of the duration of the fast at 12 p.m. at Archer Park in McAllen, TX: 101 N Main St, McAllen, TX 78501. This is the link to sign up to fast: http://bit.ly/breakbreadnotfamilies
Host the Fast!
Additionally, organizations and individuals are also invited to join us physically at any time during the 24 days of the fast and host one of the days. Sign up here: Organization Sign Up
Here is the tool-kit to guide you: Break Bread, Not Families Toolkit
You can support the “Break Bread, Not Families” fast is by donating. Folks are encouraged to donate the amount of money they would spend on food a day:
Join Other Events!
Here are other ways to get involved:
Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) ⏐ Alamo, TX
- Volunteers are needed to lead intake efforts in Brownsville, Laredo, El Paso, and Alpine, Texas. TCRP can help you with training and capacity to organize legal intake in these cities.
- Volunteers are needed to travel to McAllen, Texas to help interview families.
- Volunteers must be fluent in Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience.
- TCRP cannot cover costs related to travel or lodging for volunteers.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church | 1598 Dallas Ave McAllen, TX
- Donate items at Immigrant Relief & Welcome Center
- Toiletries for men and women (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, etc)
- Shoes (sandals, tennis shoes, loafers, etc) for men, women, children and infants of all sizes
- Clothes (pants, t-shirts, blouses, under clothing, etc) for children and adults of all sizes
- Baby supplies for toddlers (Pampers, baby wipes, baby bottles, etc.)
- Sealed snack food (granola bars, chips, peanut butter & cheese crackers, etc)
- Gift cards to purchase food items
- Phone cards
- Drawstring knapsacks for sandwiches, snacks and water
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) ⏐ 222 E. Van Buren Avenue Suite 300 Harlingen, TX
- There are a number of ways in which interested attorneys, law students, recent law graduates, legal assistants, and interpreters may participate:
- Long-term attorney volunteers stay in South Texas for a period of two weeks, a month, or longer, and handle a number of cases in immigration court. Living and travel stipends may be available to qualified persons;
- Short-term attorney volunteers are assigned one or more asylum cases in advance and travel to South Texas to represent detained asylum seekers at their immigration court hearings;
- Law students, recent law school graduates, legal assistants, and interpreters, under attorney supervision, help complete applications, develop supporting documentation and legal memoranda, and prepare applicants to testify at their hearings. Proficiency in the Spanish language is preferred, but not required;
- Volunteer attorneys outside of South Texas represent on appeal applicants denied asylum in the immigration courts, or assist persons applying for asylum in their own communities; and
- Experienced immigration attorneys present training seminars and serve as attorney mentors to ProBAR volunteers.