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Mainers for Humane Immigration

 

About Us

We are a small group of dedicated volunteers who believe that the humanity we show others speaks volumes about our beliefs and who we are. We believe everyone benefits when the United States opens its arms to those seeking safety here. We work to ensure that an appropriate welcome extends to those who choose the United States to be their new and free home.

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The national bird of Guatemala is a Quetzal which represents democracy and freedom. It is the only bird in the world that, losing its freedom and being caged, dies of sadness.

 

What We Do

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Scarborough Stand

After months of weekly standings at the ICE facility we are changing this focus. Stay tuned for updates on future actions.

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Support Immigration Groups

During COVID it is difficult to provide in person support to those living and working along the southern border and locally here in Maine. But we continue where we can. This includes financial support. 

Currently we are aiding in organizing  volunteers at a shelter in Juarez. Please email us at mdunn80@gmail.com if interested.

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Hats for Asylum

A small group of dedicated volunteers knit hats and other items that are sold at local shops. Proceeds go to a new shelter run by an old friend in Juarez, Mexico. This shelter addresses the rising needs of those dropped off in Mexico instead of being allowed their legal right to seek asylum.

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Fund-raise

Over the past three years we have raised funds to provide requested needs for border shelters in Juarez, Mexico. Examples include providing heating units, water heaters, medical supplies, food, maternity needs, and welcome bags, as well as the payment of medical bills and travel expenses for families in need. 

We have sent educational supplies, tents, lanterns, and clothing to the Matamoros/Brownsville border as well.  

In Maine we have organized the collection of seasonal needs for migrant farm workers, purchased new outdoor summer clothing for children, and raised ICE bail funds.

 
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Volunteer Your Time

 This area will be continually updated.

Whether you would like to volunteer here in Maine or along the country's southern border here are a few organizations to reach out to:

To help in Maine with the Blake St. Fire in Lewiston: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tkj_KKDi9YdRex67tTHUKXg8LFp8z_nZhND0hzzNUsY/edit?fbclid=IwAR1mCpj9Wl4FNWxxxf0cyVE-KcwJGfM844ZNduGeG1B9KH4UV2VWFvaiLi8#gid=0

To help along the Texas Mexico border: 

Juarez, Mexico - https://www.haznosvaler.com/

El Paso, Texas -

https://annunciationhouse.org/

Brownsville, Texas -

https://www.teambrownsville.org/

Del Rio, Texas -

Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition 

https://vvbhcoalition.com/

To help along the Arizona Mexico border -near Tucson -

https://www.casaalitas.org/

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Make a Donation

We are a small organization and funding is critical to keeping us going. If you can  make a donation to contribute to our cause we would appreciate it. Every little bit helps. 
Funding goes to fill requested needs at shelters in Mexico, Texas, and Arizona as well as to local migrant farm families here in Maine.
We are currently raising funds to become a 501c3 non profit. We are 1/2 way to this goal. 
Donation link at the top of this page or email mdunn80@gmail.com
Thank you so much for your support.

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Resources

Excellent Up To Date Information -

Border Updates twice a week by longtime border journalists: 

 https://theborderchronicle.substack.com

Current information on border/interior including deportation flights tracking:

https://witnessattheborder.org/

Podcast:

https://www.patreon.com/witnessradio

Blog by former border patrol/now activist:

https://www.jennbudd.com/

Food and gardening unify people. Here are two wonderful books on community gardens in immigrant communities:

Seeds Folks by Paul Fleischman (for kids) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/272752.Seedfolks

and

The Earth Knows My Name by

Patricia Klindienst  (for adults) -https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/914503.The_Earth_Knows_My_Name

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Contact Your Members of Congress

Find your Senators and Congresspersons here: 

https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm?Class=1

Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

 

Contact Mainers for Humane Immigration

Maine, USA

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