Since January, 2019 I have made 14 presentations - reading from the book and providing border updates from my five weeks in Tucson, Arizona this past winter and the AFSC Love Knows No Border witness at the San Diego/Tijuana border in December.
I have distributed $1,000 to four immigrant rights organizations: Tucson Samaritans, American Friends Service Committee Project Voice-Oregon, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice in Oregon and the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition (PIRC).
I am calling out to all of you who read my blog and who care about people fleeing violence in Central America
- Invite me to speak to your book group or women's organization
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV)
- A group of people who want to know more about what is happening in Central America and our border with Mexico. Why are people coming? Are there any alternatives to migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras?
- Host a house party and ask for donations to humanitarian aid organizations working at the border ( See resource list on my website for groups in Arizona)
I am working on an article that will highlight non-profits or NGO's, Non-Governmental Organizations that are making a difference in peoples' lives in Guatemala.
TAKE ACTION: A coalition of organizations in a campaign to Defund Hate are urging us to contact our representatives asking them to refuse to fund immigrant detention and stopping ICE from taking money from other agencies. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is currently detaining over 50,000 people for the first time in its history as the administration moves money from other accounts to build or rent more jails across the country.
Please join me in urging Congress to limit ICE's unchecked ability to lock up more and more immigrants in deadly and abusive detention centers. Our dollars should be spent on things that keep our communities safe, like education, healthcare and jobs, not on things that tear them apart. www.afsc.org/action/tell-congress-stop-funding-ice%E2%80%99s-abuses?emci=62819f55-a883-e911-abc4-281878391efb&emdi=a709825e-d683-e911-abc4-281878391efb&ceid=729598&ms=2019AA0531
BIO PROMO FOR DISTRIBUTION:
Pat Rumer, author of Choices: Death, Life and Migration, is a social justice activist with fifty years’ experience focused on Guatemala and immigration issues in the United States. Her book shares intimate stories of the people and places that have affected her justice journey. One reader has said, “She lifts up the voices of people she has encountered along her way.”
Pat is available to speak to book groups and organizations interested in Central America, the current migration situation along the southern border of the United States, and the actions each of us can take to advocate for a more humane immigration policy.
Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her book can be purchased at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Rumer/e/B001KDJ2EG. And now on Kindle as well. Locally, it is available at the Beacon Bookstore, First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. The book is priced at $16, with all royalties going to local immigrant rights’ organizations in the Northwest.
Thanks for your support of immigrant rights groups working for justice!