It’s easy to hear the news and feel helpless. On Tuesday, June 26th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor 5-4 of Trump’s travel ban of Muslim-majority countries on the basis of national security. As Becca Heller, director and co-founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project, says, "this will only embolden Trump to discriminate against everyone his administration [he] deems undesirable, as we have seen in recent weeks,”. However, there are still ways we can all get involved to help to help restore justice,
Show Up, Volunteer, and Protest
You can volunteer for organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project if you have paralegal or legal assistant experience (they’re actively looking for “volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche”). Just in case you don’t have a JD to practice law, you can still volunteer your time. Families Belong Together is hosting rallies all over the country on Saturday, June 30; you can find a rally near you or create one to get involved.
RSVP here for Boston's rally Saturday, June 30 at 11am.
Call Your (local) Representatives
Over the last couple of years, the trend to call local representatives has been strong. It’s a small gesture with an impact that goes a long way. You can easily find the numbers to call here. There is a great call script provided by Indivisible based on the type of government official and the party they are affiliated with.
Support Nonprofit Organizations
If you are willing to give but don’t know where to start, there is an easy way to help. ActBlue is a nonprofit fundraising platform to help campaigns and organizations connect with new and existing grassroots donors. They have a list of organizations that you can donate to collectively or you can browse the list and see if there is a specific group you choose to support. All of them are great organizations working on the front lines to protect children and families from ICE.
Sometimes, the first thing you want to do is turn off the TV or shut down your devices when the news appears. It can be overwhelming and it’s important to make sure you take care of yourself in an era of tumultuous politics. That being said, choosing to be ignorant is a privilege that children are being denied. One of most important and valuable things you can do is pay attention. Listen intelligently and with purpose. Follow news sources you find reliable and fact check them, always. Talk about it with your friends and families; encourage them to do the same. And do not give up.
By: Clara Maurer