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Support Puerto Rico

If you would like to support the people of Puerto Rico, please consider donating to the following:

  • The Center for Popular Democracy is collecting funds which will be managed 100% by an assortment of grassroots organizations in Puerto Rico. Among these are Taller Salud and G8 en el Caño, both of which are amazing local organizations embedded in or working in concert with marginalized communities. The funding campaign can be accessed here.
  • Taller Salud: feminist community organization that supports the development of girls and women, especially in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. 
  • Solidaridad víctimas Huracán María, fund by the Federation of Puerto Rican Teachers. 
  • Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas: environmental and cultural self-management community organization working in the central mountain towns. 
  • Comedores Sociales: community based food distribution organization. 
  • Casa Protegida Julia de Burgosshelter for battered women and their families. 
  • Caritas Puerto Rico: catholic social services. 
  • ConPRmetidos: local innovation collaborative. Donate here
  • Vieques en Rescate: cancer patient support community organization on the island of Vieques.
  • Enlace Latino de Accion Climatica: community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. 
  • Iniciativa Comunitaria: community based organization that aids the homeless population. 
  • Institute for Socio-Ecological Researchenvironmental education organization. 

DACA Resources 

For those affected by DACA:

Here are some fast facts about your DACA status, taken from the site http://weareheretostay.org (which is a great resource in and of itself!):

1. Your DACA is valid until its expiration date.

DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

2. No new DACA applications will be accepted.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017.

3. DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.

If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by Octb

4. Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.

5. We are united in this fight.

You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit www.weareheretostay.org for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of yourselves in this difficult time as well as information on what you can do to take action now.

Definitely check out the additional resources offered by We Are Here to Stay.

Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association:

The Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association (MILLA) engages in community-based advocacy and organizing on labor, immigration, and low-wage and immigrant worker issues in Michigan. We coordinate the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, make "know your rights" presentations to inform communities of workplace and immigrants' rights, collaborate with local legal advocates and community organizations, and support immigrant and workers' rights movements on campus and in the community.

To learn more about the Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association, email: millaboard@umich.edu

Talk to the government: Text ‘RESIST’ to 50409 to send a message to your local senators. The ResistBot will automatically write and fax the letter to your state senators.

Community. The ‘Latina Rebels’ Facebook page also has a lot of great information, resources, and community support. They have made it clear that you can reach out to them if you need more support and advice.

Also, look for community in your peers: Many of us are here for you. Lean on your allies, your community. Let us help to hold you up while you grieve.

Mental Health Support: This is an incredibly stressful time. There is no shame in needing additional support to help you cope with what just happened. You can reach out to CAPS, which stands for Counseling and Psychological Services, and make an appointment. They are here on campus and, of course, private.Have questions for people at the University? Rackham Graduate School has a list of contacts that can be found here.

Contact your local and state representatives. Some are offering help with DACA application renewal.

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity has announced 100 free memberships for Dreamers who are graduate students. Please see the following announcement for details (especially

regarding confidentiality): https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10103339214719059&id=32815306

For allies:

For those of us who are not directly affected by the DACA decision, it is a good time to show our allyship. That support can manifest in different ways, whether it be through emotional or financial support. Anything helps. Here a few concrete ways you can help out:

Listen. Listen and support those who are affected by this decision.

Provide services. If you, or anyone that you know, can provide counseling services, this is a great time to volunteer your skills.

Donate. https://www.youcaring.com/50dacarenewalapplications-930040

Sign a Petition.

Be vocal. Express your views on Facebook and Twitter. Write to the White House, and express your disgust. Better yet, write to your congressperson and remind them that their actions affect your vote (Debbie Dingell). This Huffington Post article offers a few different ways to do this. Step up and speak out for a community who could be in danger if they did the same.

Attend an event. In a protest or demonstration, every warm body helps support the cause. Go out and show solidarity with your brothers and sisters. Here is a calendar of upcoming resistance movements.