In support and appreciation of our immigrant friends and sharing our concern about public policy, First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo's Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) staff is hosting a TEACH IN/SHOUT OUT on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. Join us in the church parking lot as well as inside the church's gathering area at the parking lot entrance to learn about the issues facing immigrants. We will also hear from a collaboration of speakers who are familiar with working with the issues facing immigrants. The public is invited to attend.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
This book explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Published in 1998, it is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and the Salon Book Award.
On the heels of Trump barring virtually all refugees from seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border, reports have surfaced that administration officials are pressing to zero out refugee resettlement in 2020. This would result in a near total refugee ban, collapsing the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program and the infrastructure of humanitarian protection this country has built over decades—all during the worst global refugee crisis in history. We Are All America and our partners ask you to join us in calling for a national day of action and mass mobilization in response on Saturday, August 24th.
JFON is thrilled to be participating in Pour For More in 2019! We are looking forward to our upcoming event at Rare Bird Brewpub. Come for an evening of fun and a chance to learn more about our mission to serve our neighbors who need humanitarian and family based immigration legal services.
You can show your support for the legal rights and dignity of immigrants in Northern Michigan. A financial gift of any amount is very helpful. Nearly all of the funds donated to Justice For Our Neighbors Traverse City office remain local and allow us to serve people who live in our community. Our Beacons For Immigrants giving group is now more than 100 donors strong
and are some of our most important supporters.
By giving a gift of $100 or more the Beacons are an important part of the sustainability of our work. The Rare Bird Brewery has VERY generously offered to give people donating $100 or more a gift card to their brewpub. Please join us and consider becoming a Beacon For Immigrants donor!
Join Justice For Our Neighbors and the Northern Waters District Peace with Justice Team for this free event to learn about JFON's mission and our vision to reach more people in new communities. Experience stories of clients we've served through our Traverse City JFON office. Hear from a panel of people that work with the immigrant community about the importance and needs of our immigrant neighbors. There will be time for questions and also for fellowship.
We've all seen horrific images of the humanitarian crisis taking place at the border. Children detained, families separated, hygiene products not supplied. Join us for a presentation and conversation by staff who traveled to the border. They will be sharing stories and photos from their time at the border.
Simple ways you can support refugees and raise awareness this #WorldRefugeeDay
1. Upload a picture of yourself, your family, your friends lighting a candle to #WorldRefugeeDayJFON
2.Donate $1-$30 to JFON-MI in honor of the 30 people who leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror every minute.
3. Add the JFON World Refugee Day Frame to your profile picture https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=2400220816705129
Please join the Friends of JFON-MI's Kalamazoo Office in this next event in the Immigration, Global Migration and Human Rights Series. The Center for Civic Engagement is graciously co-hosting and sponsoring this event.
In the Shadow of the Beast: Violence and Dignity along the Central American Migrant Trail.
Our featured guest, Dr. John Doering-White is an ethnographer of undocumented immigration and humanitarian aid. He is a graduate of the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Anthropology at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 2019, he will be an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.
Light appetizers and drinks will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Join us for an evening of reflecting on our journey to becoming a statewide organization as well as the journey of the individuals and families we work with who come to Michigan as immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Bishop Minerva Carcano will be joining us for the evening. Dinner will be catered by San Chez Bistro. Whether you have been with us on our journey from the beginning or want to learn more we invite you to join us! Tickets are required for this event and registration is now closed.
In honor of National Volunteer Month, the Friends of JFON-Kalamazoo would like to invite you to a volunteer celebration and training. During the training session, we will invite new and returning volunteers to explore service opportunities, learn about our welcoming clinic model, and share updates abou new legal, advocacy and educational programming. We will also have light refreshments (including cake) to share.
Justice for Our Neighbors-Michigan provides free immigration legal services in the areas of family-based immigration and humanitarian immigration law.
Join Justice Choir GR for a powerful performance concerning immigration, welcoming new neighbors, and working together for a better community. The choir will perform selections centered on these themes. More details to come!
The event will also include information from community organizations providing immigrant support services, including our featured partner, Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) West Michigan. We are excited to share and amplify these messages of solidarity with the Grand Rapids community!
Entry is free, but please claim a ticket to RSVP!
Freewill donations are accepted now via Eventbrite, and there will be an opportunity to give the day of the concert. Proceeds will go toward services provided by JFON, as well as supporting future Justice Choir programming.
Learn more about us at https://www.justicechoirgr.com/
Learn about today’s complex immigration climate with local & state-wide experts.
Presentations from Marcelo Betti, JFON-MI immigration attorney, along with a panel of local experts and keynote speaker, Susan Reed, managing attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.
Register (required) for this free event through the Immigration Event Link at: www.nmc.edu/student-life
On Wed., Feb. 20 from noon to 1:30 in the Fellowship Room, you are invited to join JFON-MI staff and JFON-Kalamazoo Advisory Group Chair, Chris Schlegel for a facilitated discussion of the state of asylum processing for individuals seeking protection in the US arriving at our southern border with Mexico. Discussion will be led by Chris and our JFON-Kalamazoo attorney, Kathy Purnell. Two of our JFON staff members, Coral Cervantes and Raquel Owens, will also share their experiences providing humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers in Mexico. Light refreshments will be provided.