Please join Mutual Aid Solidarity Santa Cruz for a Mutual Aid event to raise funds for the families affected by the recent anti-immigrant raids and arrests, to participate in collective knowledge-building, and to strengthen mutuality and awareness in our community.
The event will feature refreshments, free childcare, and three speakers who will put immigration and current anti-immigrant attacks in a broader political context:
Sarika Chandra: Associate Professor of English, Wayne State University
Mireya Gomez-Contreras: Employment Programs Director – Santa Cruz Co. Day Worker Center/ALCANCE
Leslie Lopez: Lecturer; Director, Oakes Certificate Program in Service Learning & Community Justice, UCSC
In collaboration with Sanctuary Santa Cruz's Fund Allocation Committee, all funds raised will go directly to support families affected by ICE raids and to strengthen community response to anti-immigrant attacks. We ask for sliding donations of $10-$40, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Locally, ICE has staged two series of raids and targeted arrests on our community members, sweeping up our neighbors whose families now face devastating legal and material obstacles to survival. The exploitation, marginalization, dehumanization, and criminalization of immigrants and people who are undocumented has been a constant in US history, and callousness toward immigrant and undocumented families has now reached a zenith. In the last decade, Obama deported more than 3 million immigrants during his presidency and now Trump has parlayed this mandate into an overtly nationalist, racist, militarized attack on those seeking shelter from economic and political terror, much of which was set in motion by US imperialism. Since Trump has taken office, immigrant arrests have risen by a third, and undocumented people are increasingly intimidated and threatened with broken lives and broken families, to the extent that simply taking a child to school or going to work becomes a task fraught with anxiety.
In these times of crisis and attacks on the vulnerable, we must make a stand for love, care, and mutual aid. We hope you will join us to strengthen our collective knowledge and support our fellow community members.
If you can’t make it to the event, please consider donating through Sanctuary Santa Cruz’s emergency donation page.