The appalling immigration mandate that is ordering border officials to rip children away from their families at the U.S./Mexican border is breaking our hearts.
But for those who are feeling helpless and upset as the painful images of crying children separated from their parents flood our newsfeeds, Twitter user #Prisonculture started a conversation about what we can do to help.
There are more options than you think.
What are people doing to address the current iteration of family separation in the immigration system? Some examples.— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529422126.0
For starters, people are breaking the silence and making calls to Congress. Simply pick up your phones and voice your concern.
People are making calls to Congress. Particularly if you have a GOP representative. They've made it easy: https://t.co/spmFTXxlsr— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529422254.0
@prisonculture @ClintSmithIII I called and emailed my Congress man, called my county rep and my governor asking wha… https://t.co/WSGXvfe0AP— Daisy (@Daisy) 1529440994.0
There are plenty of organizations that need legal assistance, translators, and donations. Slate provides plenty of information about which organizations to support, including the ACLU, The Florence Project, and Human Rights First.
People are finding local organizations that need financial and volunteer support. https://t.co/kQvXNAJI7q— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529422349.0
To better acquaint yourself with immigrant detention, Freedom For Immigrants provides an up-to-date map of the U.S. immigration detention system.
The website gathered information from the federal government data to provide the following statistics:
According to federal government data, Texas (15,852), California (6,527), Arizona (3,869), Georgia (3,717), and Louisiana (3,143) are the top five states with the largest number of people in U.S. immigration detention per day.
According to federal government data, over 60 percent of people are held in privately-run immigrant prisons. For example, GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America/CoreCivic together detain approximately 15,000 people in immigration detention per day.
People are educating themselves about immigration detention. Here's a good map and information: https://t.co/05c6OTa1Jj— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529422396.0
Organized protests are underway.
People are mobilizing for days of action and for national marches. https://t.co/PBUYWS5n4s— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529422493.0
You can reach out to local ICE facilities directly.
People are searching for ICE facilities in their own backyards and organizing direct actions - https://t.co/F8VbjB1w1L— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529422576.0
People are signing petitions calling for abolishing ICE: https://t.co/YtbZXE4yMy— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529422735.0
People are signing up to take direct action through groups like @ConMijente: https://t.co/BcSmiHnBGH— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529422932.0
You can take advantage of social media to influence change.
People are using social media to reach out directly to friends, colleagues, religious institutions etc... on a pers… https://t.co/aUu50d2chj— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529423159.0
Any course of action is encouraged to turn your frustration into something productive.
In short, people are doing 1000 things right now. You can join in or start your own thing. We are only limited by our imaginations.— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529423281.0
People are hosting calls to explain how to help in your own communities, https://t.co/vNeVu3XG55— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529443262.0
Some people are marching to the border this Sunday. https://t.co/HSV59RbV3E— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529463676.0
People are donating to immigrant bail funds like Fianza Fund: https://t.co/2WCKAdXSK9 - you should too.… https://t.co/81XpxIfdGH— #Prisonculture (@#Prisonculture) 1529521609.0
People made helpful contributions to the thread.
@prisonculture I'd like to make a plug for our pro bono detention lawyers here in Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Im… https://t.co/bNCNF92WJi— #FreePalestine (@#FreePalestine) 1529437600.0
@prisonculture Donating to local orgs includong less glamorous ones like innovation law lab. Joining protests. Enga… https://t.co/tpUhlYNgBz— Ginger Devaney, Esq. (@Ginger Devaney, Esq.) 1529422714.0
@prisonculture People are gathering in front of ICE offices in Portland and all over the country. June 28 walk out… https://t.co/KspZHrYIR3— Joanna Hamil (@Joanna Hamil) 1529441096.0
The person who started the thread is a founder of Project NIA, which uses participatory community justice to redefine the goals of the criminal justice system by encouraging community member involvement.
@prisonculture just helped giving voice to all who are enraged and wanting to contribute for the cause.
@prisonculture THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU ARE MY SHE-RO!— Ladyseis_ (@Ladyseis_) 1529422827.0
@prisonculture Thank you! I am organizing friends and neighbors at our house this weekend for a fundraising bbq. V… https://t.co/IiSp3PkmLa— el (@el) 1529460487.0
@prisonculture I got mad love for you. Thank you for all that you are and for your efforts to ground us and provide… https://t.co/O4lXQxOdAh— Polemicist (@Polemicist) 1529423681.0
@prisonculture You're like the first person I've seen actually do something productive on Twitter— Ray A. (@Ray A.) 1529516216.0
Now that we're armed with plenty of resources, it's time to make our voices heard. Together, we can make a difference in coming up with solutions to reunite these families.