Dear Friends and Supporters,
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and involvement that we have witnessed this week in response to President Trump’s executive orders. From the rallies in Washington Square park and Battery Park, to the lawyers and protesters who quickly mobilized at airports across the country, you have showed refugees your true colors: that you are people who resist the fear and hate, and welcome refugees with open arms.
Already, your actions and voices have brought life-changing results. We are excited to continue building this movement together, and we know that the work has just begun. It is acutely palpable that our resistance is working, but also that it must persist and endure the relentless wave of human rights violations to come.
RIF is here to fight these injustices with you, side by side. We will continue to keep you regularly informed of what these unjust measures mean for asylum seekers and refugees, and how you can best take action.
We invite you to join us this Friday, February 3rd, as a volunteer immigration lawyer, Caitlin Steinke, presents on the implications of the recent executive orders at Fordham University from 1-3pm. We will be live-streaming the presentation on Facebook for those of you who cannot attend.
Moving forward, we will continue to take action in the following ways:
- Remain a beacon of support and accessible information for asylum seekers and refugees in NYC by translating how these policies will affect them, and instructing them on how they should act accordingly.
- Continue providing support in an accessible and trustworthy environment that makes our clients feel comfortable reaching out to us about personal concerns.
- Partner with local musicians and chefs to spearhead a series of advocacy events that will challenge the status quo, invite refugees into citizen-led sanctuaries, and keep our community intimately engaged with welcoming refugees.
- Keep you informed on how to take action!
As a small grassroots organization, we unfortunately will not able to incorporate all volunteer requests right away, but we will continue to find creative ways to keep you all involved. We greatly appreciate all the offers to help and do not want anyone to lose their enthusiasm to act. Currently, you can best support our work in the following ways:
- Donate food to our food drives.
- Organize a food drive in your office or neighborhood to be dropped off and distributed at one of our food drives.
- Have ties with local businesses? Reach out to them to donate food or new clothing to our drives!
- Offer asylum seekers skill-building internships at your company.
- Provide French or Arabic translation for clients.
- Are you a social-media buff? Teach us how to best use these tools to get our message out!
- Getting a few bands together for a show or organizing a get together with friends? Consider collecting funds for RIF at the door!
Lastly, we will regularly share local events, rallies, and actions via social media so please like us on Facebook to stay in the loop!
Maria & Ellie