There are may ways to get involved across the Pioneer Valley. Here are a some organizations that could use your help!
The ACLUM Immigrant Protection Project of Western Massachusetts is seeking bilingual volunteers who can join the work of supporting immigrants in our region. We specifically need Spanish/English speakers, but are also eager to work with speakers of other languages.
There are different ways for bilingual volunteers to join our team. Please fill out our attached Volunteer Form, and join us in one (or all!) of these ways:
- Staff our Call Center. The IPP Call Center is open from 3-7 pm Monday through Friday, receiving calls (primarily in Spanish) from immigrants seekingreferrals to lawyers or other community supports. Intake workers staff our Call Center from 3-5 or 5-7 weekly, working out of our office in downtown Northampton.
- Join a Bond Team. We seek Spanish/English speakers who can sign up for a 2-week shift to be on a Bond Team. Each team is comprised of 1-2 lawyers and an interpreter, and the team represents immigrants in bond hearings to get out of detention. Working on a bond team is about 10-15 hours of intensive work, accompanying the lawyer to the Greenfield detention center, meeting with family members, and assisting in the preparation of a legal case. This work can be done in the evenings and weekends. If you would like to join a bond team, please let us know and you can select the two-week period you would like to work.
We seek Spanish/English speakers who can sign up for 2-week shifts to be on a Bond Team. Each team is comprised of 1-2 lawyers and an interpreter, and the team represents immigrants in bond hearings to get out of detention. Working on a bond team is about 5-10 hours of work, typically in the evenings and on the weekend. Interpreters often accompany lawyers to the Greenfield detention center, meet with family members, and assist in the preparation of a legal case.
- Assist with language interpretation on an as-needed basis for lawyer visits and for bond teams. We are creating an interpreter list-serve where we will send messages to set up interpretation appointments. We'd love to have you join to accept interpretation needs as they arise and you are able!
Contact Margaret, 413-727-8814
THE SAFE COMMUNITIES ACT will have its hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security at the State House on Friday, June 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or later)!
We seek compelling testimony from community organizations, domestic violence groups, healthcare providers, teachers, and faith leaders to educate the Joint Committee about the impact that Trump’s aggressive enforcement and rhetoric are having on the ground, driving immigrants away from seeking public services and assistance, including public school, healthcare, and police assistance. We will also create one or more panels for Executive Directors to testify to their organizations’ support for this legislation.
Can you provide oral testimony in support of Safe Communities on June 9th?
SIGN UP HERE.
For more information and guidelines on testimony click here.
Host a Phone Bank Party: This can be done by inviting people to your house.
Phone bank for Montana! Montana's district race is coming. Host a phone bank party to help flip the House.
- Wednesday, May 17th 6pm - 9pm (Mountain Time)
- Saturday, May 20th 2pm - 5pm (Mountain Time)
- Sunday, May 21st 6pm - 9pm (Mountain Time)
If interested click on the following to register your house party:
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