THE BORDER CRISIS: OUTDOOR DINNER FORUM AND ZOOM WITH FIRST FRIENDS OF NJ & NY SAT. OCT 16TH

On Saturday afternoon, October 16th at 3pm at the Friends Meeting in Chatham we are holding a special outdoor dinner forum to discuss the border crisis in Texas…and New Jersey. LIVE ZOOM BEGINS AT 4:30PM.

If you can’t join us live, register in advance for this Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkfu2urTwvEtTTxcAs4M8a6CnFUD5BdnvT

In September we received a call from First Friends, a New Jersey based non-profit organization dedicated to treating immigrants with dignity and compassion. They informed us that two young Nicaraguans were to be released from the immigration detention in Elizabeth that afternoon and if someone in our network could put them up for a night and then help them get on a flight the following morning. “No problem,” we told them. 

A few days later, two more Nicaraguans were released and more were still in detention. We helped all four get to different parts of Wisconsin to be with family and await court hearings. 

Historically, numbers of Nicaraguans migrating to the U.S. have been far lower than from other Central American nations, but these statistics are quickly changing. The Associated Press reports that U.S. authorities stopped Nicaraguans 7,425 times in June compared to 534 times in January. In the first eight months of 2021, U.S. officials have stopped Nicaraguans more than 19,300 times at the southern border, and these numbers are expected to rise.

Why is this happening?  What can we do? Come meet Bernardo Flores and Jackie Zapata of First Friends of NJ/NY to learn about the crisis at the border and the work to establish just immigration policies for people fleeing persecution, violence and extreme poverty.  This will be a special outdoor dinner forum at 3pm on Saturday October 16th at the Friends Meeting in Chatham, NJ.      Please RSVP to Events Co-Chair Susan Steiner at smsteiner100@gmail.com to we know how much food to cook.  We hope you are able to join us. 

If you can’t join us live, register in advance for this Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkfu2urTwvEtTTxcAs4M8a6CnFUD5BdnvT

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