Immigrant Action Group
"Those who go forth ministering to the wants and necessities of their fellow human beings experience a rich return, their souls being as a watered garden, as a spring that faileth not."
Lucretia Mott, 1850
Needs are great and opportunities abound to help make a positive difference in the lives of our immigrant neighbors in Santa Fe and to support those seeking refuge in this country.
Opportunities for Action Change Rapidly
Santa Fe has been home to a thriving immigrant community for decades (ok, centuries). Workers, entrepreneurs, blended families, Dreamers, children born here struggle to grow, succeed and contribute to Santa Fe. All live with daily fear of deportation, separation and loss. Now with COVID-19 there is increased fear of sickness, death, hunger and an even greater chance of homelessness.
Since conditions change rapidly a great way to keep informed is to sign up for newsletters or email from your favorite organizations. (Check out the list below of local and national organizations that strongly support immigrants.)
Watch the Meeting’s Weekly Digest for news of immediate needs.
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COVID-19 ACTION: Share your stimulus check
The discrepancy between those who have enough and those who do not is once again emphasized by COVID-19. Consider sharing your stimulus check (or making a donation) in one or more ways.
1. Organizations are providing an opportunity for those who can afford to share their stimulus checks to do so. Follow your heart as you can.
See organizations listed below!
2. Share My Check Santa Fe is a campaign to encourage as many people as possible to give all, or part of, their federal stimulus check to a fund set up to redistribute money directly to those who won't be receiving a check. Earth Care/YUCCA/Poder Familiar, Red Nation, DSA-SF, SF Dreamers Project, Communities in Schools, Interfaith Leadership Allliance, Santa Fe Faith Network for Immigrant Justice and Fathers New Mexico are cooperating organizations. This fund, under the umbrella of Santa Fe Mutual Aid, is part of a network of rapid response mutual-aid funds and long-term grassroots movement building organizations.
Go to Share My Check Santa Fe!
3. There are other possibilities for sharing your stimulus check —be sure they are genuine!
Connect CONNECT is a network of navigators at clinics, community organizations, and city and county programs who who link people to services and resources in our community.
Encuentro Our mission is to transform New Mexico into a thriving community for all of its residents.
Gerard’s House Nuestra Jornada provides weekly support groups for Latino immigrant students in Santa Fe schools who are grieving the death of—or separation from—a parent or family member.
La Familia provides expert medical, dental and behavioral health services to all individuals and families, regardless of income or ability to pay.
Santa Fe Faith Network for Immigrant Justice (Facebook) A grassroots collaborative of people of many faiths in Santa Fe, NM, amplifying the efforts of local immigration leaders.
Santa Fe Mutual Aid community support and organization for resource sharing, information dissemination, and resilience-building.
American Friends Service Committee Key issues include defending immigrant rights and creating inclusive communities.
Friends Committee on National Legislation Quaker advocacy for the world we seek.
HIAS Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 139 years of expertise to our work with refugees.
COVID-19 Spanish Language Video: See and share this video about protecting yourself, your family and your community from the Coronavirus. It was created by a core group of six women, including 3 members of the Immigrant Action Group.
Food Resources for Santa Fe -- Volunteer, donate, or spread the word
Adelante, Santa Fe Public Schools' service to homeless students and their families, publishes a monthly list of food distribution points.
Why we care... how we care
Santa Fe Monthly Meeting Minute
Equality, community and integrity are foundations of Quaker belief. Therefore, as immigrants and refugees in our community encounter trials such as family separation, incarceration, internment and deportation, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting is called to put these beliefs into action. We will support these neighbors in their daily lives, providing aid, companionship, friendship and safety in whatever ways we are able.
We affirm the right of refugees from all types of violence to apply for asylum in this country, including those whose lives are threatened by gang violence, rape, and domestic violence and abuse. We affirm the right of those seeking asylum to be treated with respect, dignity, and due process during the application procedures. We call upon the government of the United States to honor its legal obligations under the Refugee Act of 1980 and the 1967 United Nations Protocol on Refugees to provide protection to those who qualify as refugees.
We recognize that our national immigration system is in dire need of attention, funding and fixing. We advocate for local, state and national policies that live up to our values, calling for meaningful, lasting immigration system reform.
Quaker Minute on Immigration, Approved 11/18/2018
First Thursday of every month 6 p.m.
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