The nationwide campaign will raise money to post bail and release migrants from detention centers through Immigrant Families Together.
Rio Grande Valley poet collective and Neta Creative and Cultural Fellows, Poets Against Walls, will be part of a nationwide Migrant Justice Protest Reading happening in opposition of the current administration’s inhumane treatment of migrants at the southern national border.
The event is organized by the Writers for Migrant Justice, a group of four multi-gender and panracial writers including Christopher Soto, Javier Zamora, Jan-Henry Gray, and Anni Liu. The nationwide series of readings will protest violence at the border and raise funds to counter it.
It is being held in 45+ cities and will serve as a fundraiser for the organization Immigrant Families Together. The goal is to raise $500 per city, along with a GoFundMe page aiming to raise $5K online. All proceeds will be donated to IFTwho help pay bails set for detained migrants, reunite separated migrant families, cover legal and relocation costs, provide families with acute needs (medical, food and transportation costs, clothing, blankets, car seats and diapers), and fund temporary housing stipends for refugees who have just been released from detention and have no family in the U.S.
The RGV reading will take place at Luna Coffee House in McAllen on September 4thfrom 6:30-8:30 pm. The event will feature a lineup of Valley writers sharing their poetry and prose as well as music and community speakers. If time allows a short open mic period will follow.
National featured readers include award winning writers like RGV resident Emmy Perez, Texas Poet Laureate 2020. Other national orators include: Terrance Hayes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Rigoberto González, Eduardo C Corral, Tarfia Faizullah, Joyelle McSweeney, Sumita Chakraborty, Linda Gregerson, Van Jordan, Jane Hirshfield, TC Tolbert, Geffrey Davis, Tyree Daye, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Martin Espada, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Janine Joseph, Vanessa Angélica Villareal, Claudia Castro Luna, Natalie Scenters Zapico and countless others. These readings aim to foster dissenting artistic community, raise funds, and further raise awareness of the unfathomable consequences of the U.S. government’s immigration policies.
For more information visit the event page here.
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