Reverend John Guttermann Legacy Award

Freedom for Immigrants is excited to announce the presentation of the 2019 Reverend John Guttermann Legacy Award to Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees in Florida for their outstanding contribution this year to the detention visitation and abolition movement.

Freedom for Immigrants established this award in honor of Reverend John Guttermann, who passed away in December 2016 after a valiant fight with brain cancer. Rev. Guttermann was the founder of Conversations with Friends, a visitation program in Minnesota that was one of the first in the country, and a member of Freedom for Immigrants’ founding Leadership Council.

Each year, Freedom for Immigrants awards the Reverend John Guttermann Legacy Award to one or more outstanding visitation programs. Freedom for Immigrants presented the 2018 Rev. John Guttermann Legacy Award to First Friends, the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, and Sojourners as well as the 2017 Rev. John Guttermann Legacy Award to Conversations With Friends.

Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees (FOMDD) has been a volunteer-run organization for the past five years. Initially founded as a visitation program at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, over the years their work has expanded to include four initiatives. FOMDD supports the immediate needs of detained immigrants by providing money for phone calls, books, connecting with family, clothes for deportation, and at times free legal consultations. For over a year, FOMDD also has helped sustain the Circle of Protection in Miramar, where immigrants are forced to report to ICE. Every week, volunteers stand outside and bear witness to silent raids and inhumane conditions while comforting immigrant community members and resisting ICE. For the holidays, FOMDD helped to organize an amazing party for the children and their parents outside the ICE office. Because of the amazing work FOMDD has been doing, their founder Bud Conlin, has been banned from visiting at Krome, but Bud has spoken out to explain why silence is not an option for visitor volunteers.

“I was honored to take Bud Conlin and the founding team of FOMDD on their first visit to Krome back in 2013. Since then, I have witnessed FOMDD grow into a nonprofit that is dedicated to abolishing immigration detention while supporting the organizing and power-building initiatives of those of who are most impacted,” said Christina Fialho, the co-founder and co-executive director of Freedom for Immigrants. “Rev. Guttermann often talked about providing a ministry of presence. It is beautiful to see his legacy live on in the love, hope, and compassion that FOMDD brings into some of the darkest systems of oppression in our country.”

Congratulations to this amazing organization!

Circle of Protection Toy Giveaway

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Yesterday, December 19th, the Circle of Protection Toy Giveaway outside the Miramar ICE facility was a huge success! It wouldn’t have been possible without all the donations and support we received, thank you! Nearly $2,500 were raised for grocery gift cards along with countless toys for the children. We spread holiday joy and brought the Miramar Commission their coal.

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Toy Drive

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Join the Circle of Protection of Miramar on Wednesday, December 19 at 11 am. We will bring some joy to the kids and parents at #Miramar #ICEFacility!!!

Every day hundreds of immigrants come from all over the state of Florida and must check in to this sinister building of ICE at Miramar, they begin to line up at 4 am and must stand outside in the sun, the cold, the rain, without shelter, lack of access of restrooms or access to food or water.

The Circle Of Protection has been documented, we’ve protested and called the media to denounce and bear witness to shed a light on this. Elected Officials and the city of Miramar just put 3 tents 4 benches and forget about these people… they never show up again.

You can help by donating toys and funds for grocery gifts cards.
Here you have some links where you can Donate so we can buy gift cards for the families
www.fomdd.org/donate
https://www.facebook.com/maria.bilbao

You may drop all toys at these locations:

Broward Drop Off
5715 White Hickory Cir
Tamarac, FL, 33319

Miami Drop Off
2800 Biscayne Blvd #200
Miami, FL, 33137

Rhythm for Refuge

Rhythm for Refuge

Join us next Wednesday, November 28th at 8 PM at Churchill’s Pub for a night of music and community. All proceeds go to support the current refugee caravan from Central America.

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$5 Cover + Raffle

All proceeds to:
Pueblo Sin Fronteras http://www.pueblosinfronteras.org/
New Sanctuary Coalition https://www.sanctuarycaravan.org/

“The fascistic behavior of the U.S. is escalating, while the number of forcibly displaced people in the world is increasing. People in this situation are some of the most vulnerable and powerless on the planet and in many cases have been put there by the actions of the U.S. government. With walls being thrown up around the capitalist heartlands, the world being built before us threatens to be a dystopian horror-show and we can’t afford to be passive in the face of its construction. People labeled as aliens are by definition the most vulnerable among us, and If we remain silent while they’re under attack, the battle lines will shift; the pursuers of brain-dead fascist purity won’t stop– and you’re next. Come join the fight back at this benefit. All monies raised will go to Pueblo Sin Fronteras, working directly with the current refugee caravan in Mexico, and The New Sanctuary Coalition acting in solidarity with them.” – Miami DSA

Also brought to you by:
Florida Immigrant Coalition
Fempower
Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees
Students Working for Equal Rights

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