As part of our UU Social Justice work
we have chosen to support the migrant shelter, Tierra del Oro, in Palomas,
Mexico, less than 2 hours south of Silver City. What started as a small shelter
for asylum seekers waiting to head north, has become a transit stop that ICE
and the Border Patrol use to expel 100+ detainees every night. These guests at
the shelter may only stay 2-3 days but most are in dire need of food, sleep and
first aid before they decide where to go next. At our UU building we have a
weekly collection of supplies for the shelter every Wednesday afternoon. These
supplies are transported to Deming, NM and then sent across the border by officially
sanctioned individuals. You can read below the last three weekly posts with
updated information on the shelter as well as the current needs for the
migrants. If you would like to personally receive these posts, or volunteer to
help with the collections or driving to Deming, contact Barbara Gabioud at
Additional note to our UU listserv: If you
would like to help us on a collection Wednesday or be a driver to Deming,
please let me know. The generosity of our community will warm your
This week’s info from me will be short because I HIGHLY
ENCOURAGE YOU to read the attached article. It is specifically about the
Palomas shelter and has lots of answers to questions we’ve all been asking.
The cold weather snap we experienced this past week is
making us think about fall/winter weather. Likewise, the shelter is thinking
ahead. For now, clean blankets are requested. Other needs include trash
bags, toilet paper, deodorants, Clorox wipes, black beans, first aid supplies
and shoelaces. And of course, if you have gathered supplies based on previous
weeks’ asks, bring them along!
Bring your donations on Wednesdays, 3:00-3:30, to
the UUFSC building, 3845 N Swan (not our mailing address) in Silver City.
You will be directed to drive straight down on either side of our
delivery vehicles. We will help you unload and then you can drive out easily.
If you need to speak with anyone, look for one of us with our UU name tags on.
The WE BELIEVE signs will be available also. Please wear a mask.
To contribute financially you can mail checks
made out to UUFSC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City) with
Border in the memo line to UUFSC, PO
Box 4034, Silver City, NM 88062. With gratitude
The Palomas shelter is now
accommodating 70-100 guests per night; Friday was 110. Just like COVID
the numbers keep rising. New border apprehension statistics were just
by CBP. Crossings/apprehensions dropped very low in April (about
17,000) as the
border and many countries shut down due to the virus. But
apprehensions/expulsions have steadily risen and hit a high in August
week's food needs include: Coffee
makers or electric tea kettles for quickly heating water for soup.
or CUP OF NOODLES (any brand that just needs hot water added
styrofoam cup), spoons, paper plates and cups.
and First Aid needs
include: Masks, Clorox wipes, Tylenol/ibuprofen,
calamine lotion/Benadryl, plastic non-latex gloves and alcohol wipes.
of course, Shoelaces,
You may notice our “ask”
vary each week. It doesn’t mean that earlier food items we requested
needed, just that they are in better supply. So if you have them they
important (just no perishables).
financial donations in August we
once again were able to support People Helping People, Colores United,
Adelante, Rio Grande Border Ministries, Border Servant Corps, and Kino
Initiatives. Check their websites to appreciate the good work they are
to the UUFSC building,
3845 N Swan (not our mailing address) in Silver City. You
will be directed
to drive straight down on either side of our delivery vehicles. We will
you unload and then you can drive out easily. If you need to speak with
look for one of us with our UU name tags on. The WE BELIEVE signs will
available also. Please wear a mask.
financially you can mail checks made out to UUFSC (Unitarian
Fellowship of Silver City) with Border in the memo line to
Box 4034, Silver City, NM 88062.
With gratitude Barbara
First, here’s some more
good news about your aid for the Palomas Tierra de Oro shelter. We now
people who are using our monetary contributions to buy much of the
staples, perishables, and other supplies in Palomas which lets us
town of Palomas. That also means less that has to cross the border; and
are able to gauge the specific needs so that our requests to you each
be those items most needed and best bought in this country.
week’s list. First aid supplies: disinfectant wipes,
pads, adhesive tape, band aids, ace wraps, antibiotic ointment and
peroxide. Cooking needs: a
PRESSURE COOKER, disposable
plates, cups and spoons/forks. The cups are needed
because Juan was
able to replace the plumbing and filter for the kitchen sink to provide
drinking water. No longer do we need to supply water in plastic bottles!
learned that the Border Patrol is still confiscating shoelaces, even
migrants are being almost immediately expelled back into Mexico (see
below from the Palomas shelter). This, of course, means we need a
Keep in mind that a change in
administrations could help alleviate this and other humiliating and
de-humanizing border practices. ARE YOU
REGISTERED TO VOTE?
If you have supplies to bring that
have previously requested, we are still gratefully accepting all of
please, no perishables). In fact, the extra linens will be
used by the
artisans cooperative in Palomas to make masks!
hope some of you are watching the
Netflix series Immigration Nation. I just watched the third
learned a lot about the 287g agreements between county sheriffs and
well as our policy of deporting veterans.