Have you been watching on in horror at the events unfolding across the pond this week? Children separated from their parents. Children likely never to be reunited with their parents. Babies as young as 9 months old sent off to 'Tender age centres' of which there are apparently 4 already.
I am a mum so this subject is very painful but I don't think you need to be a parent to see how wrong this is. To see how backwards we seem to be. How lessons we should have learned from the past bear a shocking resemblance to the actions of Donald Trump.
Whether you are a fan of the American President or not, there are very few who can honestly say that they agree with what has taken place.
Unfortunately all normal measures one might take to bring about justice are pretty difficult to implement when the person doing it wields so much power.
I am speaking out
I've thought long and hard about whether to do anything. Whether to say anything. Whether actually Mammaprada isn't really the place for politics. Because usually it isn't.
But to me this goes way beyond politics. This is about standing up to something which if not challenged could get even further out of hand. I have children whom I want to be able to look in the eye and say I at the very least voiced my concerns. I tried, in a small way, I did actually speak out.
If you're in the US you can attend protests, you can apparently call Congress literally every day. The more you call the more they take notice.
In the UK what can you do? I've approached my local MP, who is very angry about it all. But although it's been mentioned a bit in Prime Minister's question time not much else is being done. Even my MP didn't answer my question about what actually was said? And how useful it was? Radio silence!
So if you're sat there, crying at some of the footage, despairing at how you would feel if you were separated from your children. Feeling completely helpless. Shocked that this is even happening in 2018... Well I've been feeling the same.
I've been collecting details of things you can do to help from a distance. But the main thing is WE keep talking about it.
It's really important we don't let this die down. Which is perfectly described in this well known poem:
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
Ways to help
1. Donate to The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
A non-profit that aims to reunite families and help kids feel safe, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) needs funds to fulfil its mission. The Texas-based nonprofit aims to "directly fund the bond necessary to get parents out of detention and reunited with their children while awaiting court proceedings" and "ensure legal representation for EVERY child in Texas' immigration courts."
2. Donate to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
You may have seen mum-of-two Chrissy Teigen tweeting about this recently. She and husband John Legend called for concerned fellow parents to donate whatever they can.
3. Keep talking about it
Please talk about this issue on social media. Keep the conversation going. Use the hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether #ImmigrantChildren #WeShouldAllCare
4. Sign a Petition
Even though you may be in the UK or Europe, your opinion can still be counted. Sign this petition with Change.org and Define American who are protesting to make sure the 2300 children (at least!) who have been separated from their parents will be reunited.
5. Buy a charity tee from Wildfang
After Melania Trump, an immigrant herself, was seen wearing a jacket with the slogan; "I really don't care. Do U?" Wildfang clothing line has launched 3 products with the slogan "I really care. Do U?". They donate 100% of profits to charity RAICES mentioned above.
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6. And many more!
RAICES have put together a long list of ways you can help. Here you'll find details of what you can do from the US. How you can actually volunteer in person, call Congress etc.
There is also a detailed Q&A about how the money will be used. How the children are being kept and many more things that might help you make a decision about how you feel about this crisis.
Have you found this useful?
Did you want to help but didn't know how?