Welcome back everyone to ATLAS’s Inside Scoop. We tend to focus specifically on the work of ATLAS. But, we work for immigrant youth rights, so our action to help immigrant youth cannot be divorced from the U.S.’s action regarding them. Hence, today I begin with a “state of the [immigrant issues].”
As you may all know, the federal government has stated that they intend “Secure Communities” to be enforced nationally by 2013. Those of you unaware of “Secure Communities” see our latest In the News. As of September 2010 ICE had deported 64,072 people as a result of “Secure Communities”. This program, in addition to a lot other things, alienates immigrant victims of domestic abuse. An undocumented person will least likely report any abuse to the police, as (s)he will be risking possible deportation.
Senator Bill Perkins introduced the New York State DREAM Act a couple of weeks ago. If passed, immigrant youth will be granted basic human rights: work, health care, state identity, financial aid, mobility. To learn more and sign the petition, contact us or visit Pass the Dream Act Now!
After putting our struggle into context, we talked about lawyers who are interested in helping ATLAS get incorporated. We have awesome pro bono lawyers and we are excited as we are receiving the best of services from highly competent attorneys while keeping our ethics intact in our commitment to public services. We are one step closer to the completely our journey that is finding Atlas.
If you remember from the last Inside Scoop, we talked about CatchaFire, a non-profit that pairs up pro bono professionals with organizations like ourselves. Unfortunately, we misunderstood. While the professionals are volunteers, CatchaFire‘s services are not voluntary. Since we do not have thousands of dollars (ATLAS’s office are the coffee houses of the village) to invest into fund-raising, grant proposals, events, social media, and other time-consuming things, we collectively decided not to invest our phantom money into their services. Instead, ATLAS will work hard to do perform these tasks ourselves, while encouraging any volunteers to help us!
We are excited to announce our fund-raising events!!
We could use YOUR HELP in supplying lightly used clothing, furniture, books, artwork, anything you have someone may again buy!
It will be a two-day event, , selling second hand items like any other stoop sale BUT all profits will go towards funding ATLAS: A Cooperative Empowerment Center for Immigrant Youth and Their Allies .
Along with tag sale items, we’re also getting local businesses to donate gift certificates to purchase at a discount and may possibly have some food as well. All in all, it will be a kick ass day.
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