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Fellows collaborate to support the immigrant community

Thursday, March 31, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rachel Rana
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After issuing a call for support to the network of Friday Fellows, Marisol Jiminez ('11) shared the results: "Fellows..have stepped up in such impactful ways and offered their on-the-ground support to the Latino community of Asheville, NC. Greg Walker Wilson ('01), Milan Pham ('08), Kathleen Crabbs Clark and Angelica Reza Wind ('14). Together they were able to:

- hold a Know Your Rights workshop with about 30 participants; many of who were invited by and rode together with Greg Walker Wilson and his wife Susan

- host a legal clinic with the guidance of Angelica Reza Wind and hours of volunteer time from Milan Pham and her partner Meredith Nicholsan who sat with about a dozen families to complete power of attorney affidavits that would secure the care of their children in the case of a detention/deportation

- manage rumors of ICE/immigration raids and traffic stops by sending out verification teams to drive out to locations throughout Buncombe County. Greg Walker Wilson has spent hours driving with our teams.

- build our capacity to offer families sanctuary in churches and synagogues throughout the area with the interfaith leadership of Greg Walker Wilson 

- connect with immigration attorneys through Kathleen Crabbs Clark who have now volunteered to offer monthly immigration clinics in Asheville and emergency response in the case of raids/detentions.

Marisol concluded: "This has been an incredibly challenging time and it is only through these kinds of collective efforts that we have been able to build some protections around our friends and families. We are so grateful to have been able to get all of this done with the support of so many of you! And this is a moment when I am definitely grateful to have connected with a network that includes so many amazing people."

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.