On Saturday 9-October, the Social Hall at First UMC became a high production tamale producing area. Over 50 volunteers showed up to assemble 3600+ tamales! Let me say that again …. 3600!
We got the awful news yesterday evening that an Afghan activist, who was on our waiting list for help with humanitarian parole, has been murdered in Afghanistan. The need for our solidarity is so urgent. As you can imagine, all of the families coming to us for help are incredibly scared for their family members, especially those who are known as activists, as collaborators with the US government or NGOs, and as LGBTQ+ folks.
The tamale fundraiser raised over $10,000 to help cover the cost of these $575 fees, but we are still short on funds (you can donate here) and on financial sponsors to help with this effort. You can learn more about what it means to be a sponsor here, here, and here. It is not a binding commitment, according to immigration attorneys familiar with the process. If you’re ready to do it, please fill out this quick form. We have a clinic coming up this Sunday and will invite you to attend or to provide us your necessary documents remotely, whatever makes more sense for you!