This is not a comprehensive list, because a comprehensive list would be book-length. This is a start, a list of seven simple steps you can take today and tomorrow and next week, and then do over again and again until we end the madness of locking up children without soap or toothbrushes and making them sleep on concrete floors under bright lights, of cramming adults into cells so tightly that they cannot sit or lie down, of using solitary confinement as a punishment for being gay or lesbian or trans or disabled or just asking to see a doctor, of sending asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait for months for a hearing, when that means sending them back to criminal violence, to shelters with no room, to no contact with attorneys,
Speak out. Call your Senators and Representative. Talk to your family and friends, your religious group, your labor union, your community organization. Write letters to the editor.
Send money. You can help raise funds for bonds. so people can get out of immigration detention. In Minnesota, that means the MInnesota Freedom Fund. For other kinds of help, see the great list of humanitarian organizations helping families on the border compiled by the Texas Tribune. Support legal defense by contributing to organizations like the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and the Advocates for Human Rights.
Protest. Join us at a protest at Lake and Nicollet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. Go to the #CloseTheCamps protest at Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office at noon on Tuesday, July 2. Join Lights for Liberty on July 12. Or go to Stand on Every Corner any day.
VOTE. Because the only way to change U.S. immigration policy is to change the policy makers.
Other how-to-help pages:
- 20 Ways You Can Help Immigrants Now (Yes Magazine)
- What You Can Do to Close the Camps (YOPP)
- How to Help Migrant Families Entering the United States (LifeHacker)
- How to Protest Human Rights Abuses at U.S. Detention Camps (LifeHacker)
- What Can You Do to Help Immigrants Whose Rights Are Under Attack (Lawyers for Good Government)