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Hi. I know the world feels terrible - but it is also still beautiful. Listen up.

Lila is ten years old. When she was nine, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Lila and her mama, Heather, have been at a hospital 13 hours from their home, battling this Leukemia for almost a year now. 
Shannon is Heather and Lila’s neighbor. When Shannon heard that Lila was finally feeling better, and coming home- she went over to Heather’s house to get things spruced up for Lila’s return. What she found was that while they’d been gone -the house had been infested with rats.

Shannon loves Lila and Heather and she so badly wanted their homecoming to be special and peaceful. She didn’t know what to do. She was heartbroken. Then she remembered where to go to turn heartbreak into action. 
Shannon wrote to Together Rising.

She said: Can you help? 
YOU said: Yes. Yes, of course. Lila and Heather belong to us. Let us begin!

You worked with local exterminators and got rid of the rats. You fumigated the house. You recarpeted. You had it cleaned from top to bottom. And then you went a little overboard and refurnished their home. 
Lila got home this week. Look what Shannon and her neighbors did for their homecoming.

They saw this parade. And then they walked into a peaceful, perfect home. Shannon told our team that when Heather looked around the house in disbelief, Shannon said: “Our friend Glennon helped.” Well done, Shannon. We see you. We see how well you love.
Well done, ALL OF YOU. I see how well you love. 
Thank you for healing this brutiful world with us.

Thank you for being the people who turn heartbreak to action. // @wcbinews4

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Hi. I know the world feels terrible - but it is also still beautiful. Listen up. Lila is ten years old. When she was nine, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Lila and her mama, Heather, have been at a hospital 13 hours from their home, battling this Leukemia for almost a year now. Shannon is Heather and Lila’s neighbor. When Shannon heard that Lila was finally feeling better, and coming home- she went over to Heather’s house to get things spruced up for Lila’s return. What she found was that while they’d been gone -the house had been infested with rats. Shannon loves Lila and Heather and she so badly wanted their homecoming to be special and peaceful. She didn’t know what to do. She was heartbroken. Then she remembered where to go to turn heartbreak into action. Shannon wrote to Together Rising. She said: Can you help YOU said: Yes. Yes, of course. Lila and Heather belong to us. Let us begin! You worked with local exterminators and got rid of the rats. You fumigated the house. You recarpeted. You had it cleaned from top to bottom. And then you went a little overboard and refurnished their home. Lila got home this week. Look what Shannon and her neighbors did for their homecoming. They saw this parade. And then they walked into a peaceful, perfect home. Shannon told our team that when Heather looked around the house in disbelief, Shannon said: “Our friend Glennon helped.” Well done, Shannon. We see you. We see how well you love. Well done, ALL OF YOU. I see how well you love. Thank you for healing this brutiful world with us. Thank you for being the people who turn heartbreak to action. // @wcbinews4

Michelle found herself up at night worrying about her best friend’s babies. Feeling the need to transform some of that worry into action, she wrote to Together Rising. She told us about her friend Britt’s twin 4-year-old daughters, Maddie and Chloe.

Maddie and Chloe were both born with epilepsy. About a year ago, the frequency of the girls’ seizures rapidly increased. One or both girls were experiencing a seizure weekly, eventually forcing Britt to leave her job. 
Michelle wrote, “They are full of life! It’s so hard to watch them struggle to play normally when excitement often leads to seizures. It feels like they can’t have any fun without injury.” Living on a single income, with mounting medical bills, Britt and her husband, Graham, were struggling to make ends meet. The girls were still sleeping in adjustable cribs in their parents’ bedroom, so Britt and Graham could monitor for seizures throughout the night. One twin would wake the other, both waking the parents, but Britt and Graham were too scared to not all sleep in the same room. Britt told us, “We are afraid they will have a seizure and we won’t hear it.” No one in the house was sleeping. And the lack of sleep was further exacerbating the girls’ seizures.

To reduce the girls' seizures and return the family to any sense of normalcy, they desperately needed sleep. 
Enter YOU, through Together Rising. YOU GAVE THIS WARRIOR FAMILY THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF RESTORATIVE REST, PEACE OF MIND & SAFETY: ** You sent movement-detecting, alert-sending monitors, so the girls could finally sleep in their own room. ** ** You sent two new twin beds – bigger and safer beds.** After the beds arrived, Britt wrote us again: “This is going to help us sleep at night, with the girls in their own rooms, knowing they are safe. Maddie and Chloe are so excited about their big girl beds. We seriously cannot thank you all enough. This has been absolutely amazing for us and has meant so much to us.” LOOK AT PRECIOUS MADDIE & CHLOE LOVING THEIR VERY FIRST BIG GIRL BEDS IN THEIR VERY OWN ROOM, WHERE THEY CAN FINALLY SLEEP SOUNDLY!!! Thank you for trusting Together Rising, so we can make these miracles together.

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Michelle found herself up at night worrying about her best friend’s babies. Feeling the need to transform some of that worry into action, she wrote to Together Rising. She told us about her friend Britt’s twin 4-year-old daughters, Maddie and Chloe. Maddie and Chloe were both born with epilepsy. About a year ago, the frequency of the girls’ seizures rapidly increased. One or both girls were experiencing a seizure weekly, eventually forcing Britt to leave her job. Michelle wrote, “They are full of life! It’s so hard to watch them struggle to play normally when excitement often leads to seizures. It feels like they can’t have any fun without injury.” Living on a single income, with mounting medical bills, Britt and her husband, Graham, were struggling to make ends meet. The girls were still sleeping in adjustable cribs in their parents’ bedroom, so Britt and Graham could monitor for seizures throughout the night. One twin would wake the other, both waking the parents, but Britt and Graham were too scared to not all sleep in the same room. Britt told us, “We are afraid they will have a seizure and we won’t hear it.” No one in the house was sleeping. And the lack of sleep was further exacerbating the girls’ seizures. To reduce the girls' seizures and return the family to any sense of normalcy, they desperately needed sleep. Enter YOU, through Together Rising. YOU GAVE THIS WARRIOR FAMILY THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF RESTORATIVE REST, PEACE OF MIND & SAFETY: ** You sent movement-detecting, alert-sending monitors, so the girls could finally sleep in their own room. ** ** You sent two new twin beds – bigger and safer beds.** After the beds arrived, Britt wrote us again: “This is going to help us sleep at night, with the girls in their own rooms, knowing they are safe. Maddie and Chloe are so excited about their big girl beds. We seriously cannot thank you all enough. This has been absolutely amazing for us and has meant so much to us.” LOOK AT PRECIOUS MADDIE & CHLOE LOVING THEIR VERY FIRST BIG GIRL BEDS IN THEIR VERY OWN ROOM, WHERE THEY CAN FINALLY SLEEP SOUNDLY!!! Thank you for trusting Together Rising, so we can make these miracles together.

YOU BOUGHT A HOME!
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TOGETHER RISING FAMILY: We belong to each other. Let’s keep loving the helloutta this brutiful word.
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9 months ago, you raised $175,000 in one day through @together.rising to buy a home that will be New Hampshire's only recovery-centered transitional home where a mom can live with her baby while recovering from opioid addiction.

Before this, there was no recovery-based refuge for women after graduating from detox & initial intensive treatment. ▫️
You are giving these warrior women-in their early days of sobriety and motherhood-a sisterhood of recovery and support while they work, go to school, and rebuild their lives. You are making sure these mothers and babies do not return to homelessness.
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You are saying: WE HAVE ROOM FOR YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS BABY. YOU ARE NOT ALONE ANYMORE. COME IN. THERE IS ROOM.
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ALSO, Look at the building they chose-which your dollars bought and in the coming months will refurbish into a home?!?! A CHURCH & A RECTORY. They will turn the church into a meeting place, a child care area, and counseling offices. The rectory-where the mamas and babies will live-has 9 bedrooms, 5 baths and a huge back yard!
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Here is a note from Kerry Norton, Founder of @hopeonhavenhill: ▫️
“Thanks to Together Rising, Brave women and their babies who once had no options for continuing on in a safe supported recovery house, will now have the chance to live in a beautiful home, in a community that they can now call their own and become the women and mothers that they have always wanted to be. These women were embraced and told “We can do hard things” by Glennon, they now can believe it and live it. They have the chance to break the cycle that they never thought that they could. Together Rising helped break the cycle of 2 and sometimes 3 generations of poverty, abuse and hopelessness, turning it into Hope and Strength! Thank You!”
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Special thanks to the incredible communities of @elizabeth_gilbert_writer, @cherylstrayed, @marieforleo @brenebrown & @abbywambach who showed up with big love for this effort.
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Thank YOU ALL for trusting Together Rising so that we can make these miracles together. ▫️
LOVE.
G & @together.rising

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YOU BOUGHT A HOME! ▫️ TOGETHER RISING FAMILY: We belong to each other. Let’s keep loving the helloutta this brutiful word. ▫️ 9 months ago, you raised $175,000 in one day through @together.rising to buy a home that will be New Hampshire's only recovery-centered transitional home where a mom can live with her baby while recovering from opioid addiction. Before this, there was no recovery-based refuge for women after graduating from detox & initial intensive treatment. ▫️ You are giving these warrior women-in their early days of sobriety and motherhood-a sisterhood of recovery and support while they work, go to school, and rebuild their lives. You are making sure these mothers and babies do not return to homelessness. ▫️ You are saying: WE HAVE ROOM FOR YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS BABY. YOU ARE NOT ALONE ANYMORE. COME IN. THERE IS ROOM. ▫️ ALSO, Look at the building they chose-which your dollars bought and in the coming months will refurbish into a home!! A CHURCH & A RECTORY. They will turn the church into a meeting place, a child care area, and counseling offices. The rectory-where the mamas and babies will live-has 9 bedrooms, 5 baths and a huge back yard! ▫️ Here is a note from Kerry Norton, Founder of @hopeonhavenhill: ▫️ “Thanks to Together Rising, Brave women and their babies who once had no options for continuing on in a safe supported recovery house, will now have the chance to live in a beautiful home, in a community that they can now call their own and become the women and mothers that they have always wanted to be. These women were embraced and told “We can do hard things” by Glennon, they now can believe it and live it. They have the chance to break the cycle that they never thought that they could. Together Rising helped break the cycle of 2 and sometimes 3 generations of poverty, abuse and hopelessness, turning it into Hope and Strength! Thank You!” ▫️ Special thanks to the incredible communities of @elizabeth_gilbert_writer, @cherylstrayed, @marieforleo @brenebrown & @abbywambach who showed up with big love for this effort. ▫️ Thank YOU ALL for trusting Together Rising so that we can make these miracles together. ▫️ LOVE. G & @together.rising

Here’s the secret: Nobody's ready. Every single day, each of us receives an offer in our shaking hands and feels unqualified to accept it. It’s up to us to become bold enough to trust the opportunity, come out of hiding, and start dancing with life—to be messy and complicated and show up anyway.

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Here’s the secret: Nobody's ready. Every single day, each of us receives an offer in our shaking hands and feels unqualified to accept it. It’s up to us to become bold enough to trust the opportunity, come out of hiding, and start dancing with life—to be messy and complicated and show up anyway.

Today, Together Rising is giving $25,000 in emergency response, debris removal and mold sanitation to our friends who are suffering from flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence. This giving is vital, as up to 90% of folks on the hard-hit Carolina coast do not have flood insurance.
As we send our love and dollars to our friends in Wilmington, Lumberton, Fayetteville, and New Bern, we have not forgotten our friends and fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.
One year ago today, Hurricane Maria made landfall in the Caribbean before devastating Puerto Rico. To date, through Together Rising, you have given $342,770 in life-saving aid to Puerto Rico -- including essential medicines, wound care, personal safety gear, body wash, sanitary products, and hygiene kits, as well as funding for experts to travel to towns across the island to provide medical care.
Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are still suffering -- and they understand themselves to be forgotten by their own country. Not on our watch.
Today, one year later, we are preparing to give additional support to Puerto Rico. Please tell us (in the comments below) about the warrior organizations that are doing good, real work in Puerto Rico.

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Today, Together Rising is giving $25,000 in emergency response, debris removal and mold sanitation to our friends who are suffering from flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence. This giving is vital, as up to 90% of folks on the hard-hit Carolina coast do not have flood insurance. As we send our love and dollars to our friends in Wilmington, Lumberton, Fayetteville, and New Bern, we have not forgotten our friends and fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. One year ago today, Hurricane Maria made landfall in the Caribbean before devastating Puerto Rico. To date, through Together Rising, you have given $342,770 in life-saving aid to Puerto Rico -- including essential medicines, wound care, personal safety gear, body wash, sanitary products, and hygiene kits, as well as funding for experts to travel to towns across the island to provide medical care. Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are still suffering -- and they understand themselves to be forgotten by their own country. Not on our watch. Today, one year later, we are preparing to give additional support to Puerto Rico. Please tell us (in the comments below) about the warrior organizations that are doing good, real work in Puerto Rico.

PART TWO: 
EMERGENCY SUPPORT FOR DEPORTED ASYLUM SEEKERS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER:
· A number of parents self-deported without having an opportunity to present their asylum cases -- because they thought that was the only way to see their children again – and now are in immediate danger of death (and still separated from their children)
· One father, since being deported back to his home country, is being actively stalked by the people who intend to harm him. Your funds are moving him to a neighboring country for safety while attorneys work on his asylum claims
· A mother is hiding from immediate danger in El Salvador, and you are funding her travel to a safer location. 
HIRING PROFESSIONALS TO SERVE SEPARATED FAMILIES, INCLUDING:
Full time Director of Family Reunification as well as a paralegal at Al Otro Lado
Full time attorney as well as a case management professional at KIND
Social worker to help reunited families connect with mental health, medical, housing and other resources -- as well as vital trauma recovery services 
FUNDING DIRECT COSTS OF ADVOCACY:
Travel expenses for parents who need to travel back to the US to pick up a detained child
Mental health costs and reintegration services for reunified families
Indigenous language interpreters (The vast majority of deported parents are in Guatemala, clients are up to 30% indigenous language speakers with no ability to communicate in Spanish or English.) These interpreters make it possible to communicate with deported parents and detained children and to speed up reunification with their children. 
Love and Fury and We’re Just Getting Started,
G & @together.rising 
www.togetherrising.org/give (Link in bio ☝🏼)

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PART TWO: EMERGENCY SUPPORT FOR DEPORTED ASYLUM SEEKERS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER: · A number of parents self-deported without having an opportunity to present their asylum cases -- because they thought that was the only way to see their children again – and now are in immediate danger of death (and still separated from their children) · One father, since being deported back to his home country, is being actively stalked by the people who intend to harm him. Your funds are moving him to a neighboring country for safety while attorneys work on his asylum claims · A mother is hiding from immediate danger in El Salvador, and you are funding her travel to a safer location. HIRING PROFESSIONALS TO SERVE SEPARATED FAMILIES, INCLUDING: Full time Director of Family Reunification as well as a paralegal at Al Otro Lado Full time attorney as well as a case management professional at KIND Social worker to help reunited families connect with mental health, medical, housing and other resources -- as well as vital trauma recovery services FUNDING DIRECT COSTS OF ADVOCACY: Travel expenses for parents who need to travel back to the US to pick up a detained child Mental health costs and reintegration services for reunified families Indigenous language interpreters (The vast majority of deported parents are in Guatemala, clients are up to 30% indigenous language speakers with no ability to communicate in Spanish or English.) These interpreters make it possible to communicate with deported parents and detained children and to speed up reunification with their children. Love and Fury and We’re Just Getting Started, G & @together.rising www.togetherrising.org/give (Link in bio ☝🏼)

PART ONE: 
There is no such thing as other people's children. With you -- because of you -- we will not rest. 
Because of your radical love, to date Together Rising has deployed $3,931,367.69 for advocacy and reunification of families separated at the border. 
We are writing with an update on your work, including your most recent giving for separated families – which has been focused on parents deported without their children the administration took from them. 
HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW:
· More than 400 parents were deported – but the Administration is still holding their children in ORR custody. · Additional parents have been deported, and their children have been released from ORR custody to others. · Many parents unknowingly signed away their rights to seek asylum without understanding that they would be deported without their children. · Many parents were told that self-deporting was the only way they would ever see their children again – only to find their children are still being held in the U.S. 
HERE’S WHAT YOU ARE DOING ABOUT IT: 
DOUBLING THE DEFENDER NETWORK – currently, a group of 40 orgs and law firms across Central America who:
· Travel throughout Central America to locate and make the deported parents deemed by the administration “ineligible” for reunification with their children. · Coordinate signatures, documents & travel, and connect parents to U.S. lawyers to facilitate reunification. 
BUILDING OUT THE FAMILY UNITY PROJECT WE ESTABLISHED AT IMMDEF:
· Hiring an additional Staff Attorney for 2-years to maximize attorney time focused on detained parents who unknowingly signed away their rights to be reunified with their children. · Hiring a full-time Program Associate to assist with Community Defense efforts. (For example: When the Administration threatened to deport Hermelindo without his 6-year old son, the Project organized more than 40 community members & media to accompany him to his ICE check-in. This Community Defense prevented Hermelindo from being permanently separated from his son. They were reunited just days later.) (Continued next post)
www.togetherrising.org/give (link in bio ☝🏼)

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PART ONE: There is no such thing as other people's children. With you -- because of you -- we will not rest. Because of your radical love, to date Together Rising has deployed $3,931,367.69 for advocacy and reunification of families separated at the border. We are writing with an update on your work, including your most recent giving for separated families – which has been focused on parents deported without their children the administration took from them. HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW: · More than 400 parents were deported – but the Administration is still holding their children in ORR custody. · Additional parents have been deported, and their children have been released from ORR custody to others. · Many parents unknowingly signed away their rights to seek asylum without understanding that they would be deported without their children. · Many parents were told that self-deporting was the only way they would ever see their children again – only to find their children are still being held in the U.S. HERE’S WHAT YOU ARE DOING ABOUT IT: DOUBLING THE DEFENDER NETWORK – currently, a group of 40 orgs and law firms across Central America who: · Travel throughout Central America to locate and make the deported parents deemed by the administration “ineligible” for reunification with their children. · Coordinate signatures, documents & travel, and connect parents to U.S. lawyers to facilitate reunification. BUILDING OUT THE FAMILY UNITY PROJECT WE ESTABLISHED AT IMMDEF: · Hiring an additional Staff Attorney for 2-years to maximize attorney time focused on detained parents who unknowingly signed away their rights to be reunified with their children. · Hiring a full-time Program Associate to assist with Community Defense efforts. (For example: When the Administration threatened to deport Hermelindo without his 6-year old son, the Project organized more than 40 community members & media to accompany him to his ICE check-in. This Community Defense prevented Hermelindo from being permanently separated from his son. They were reunited just days later.) (Continued next post) www.togetherrising.org/give (link in bio ☝🏼)

The @beloveapparel team is giving all profits from these beautiful We Are Family tees to @Together.Rising -- toward our lifesaving work of reunification and advocacy of separated families.  Thank you for standing for Love, Julia Roberts and Be Love team! 
Repost @JuliaRoberts:
Let’s stand for families!! I’m so inspired by the work my friends at @beloveapparel are doing with their “positive impact “ #wearefamily campaign. Be Love has designed this beautiful shirt to stand in solidarity, keep awareness levels high and raise funds to help continue the fight to reunite these families . This situation in which families have been separated at the US border is a human rights crisis and is far from resolved. As of now, 572 children have not been reunited. Approx. 400 parents have been deported without their children. PLEASE go to www.beloveapparel.com (link in bio) to buy a shirt and jump on board this meaningful campaign. ALL profits are being donated to @together.rising , an amazing non-profit organization deeply involved in healing this crisis. Let’s make a difference together!! #beloveforfamilies #wearefamily

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The @beloveapparel team is giving all profits from these beautiful We Are Family tees to @Together.Rising -- toward our lifesaving work of reunification and advocacy of separated families.  Thank you for standing for Love, Julia Roberts and Be Love team! Repost @JuliaRoberts: Let’s stand for families!! I’m so inspired by the work my friends at @beloveapparel are doing with their “positive impact “ #wearefamily campaign. Be Love has designed this beautiful shirt to stand in solidarity, keep awareness levels high and raise funds to help continue the fight to reunite these families . This situation in which families have been separated at the US border is a human rights crisis and is far from resolved. As of now, 572 children have not been reunited. Approx. 400 parents have been deported without their children. PLEASE go to www.beloveapparel.com (link in bio) to buy a shirt and jump on board this meaningful campaign. ALL profits are being donated to @together.rising , an amazing non-profit organization deeply involved in healing this crisis. Let’s make a difference together!! #beloveforfamilies #wearefamily

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You – through Together Rising – established the FAMILY UNITY PROJECT at IMMDEF to prevent deportations of parents without their kids & reunite separated families 
You reunited Hermelindo with his son.
Hermelindo was set to be deported in 3 days without his 6-year-old son. 
You stopped his deportation. 
You reunited this family. 
You are funding full advocacy for them through the conclusion of their asylum cases.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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(Please watch and swipe left) You – through Together Rising – established the FAMILY UNITY PROJECT at IMMDEF to prevent deportations of parents without their kids & reunite separated families You reunited Hermelindo with his son. Hermelindo was set to be deported in 3 days without his 6-year-old son. You stopped his deportation. You reunited this family. You are funding full advocacy for them through the conclusion of their asylum cases. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Yesterday was the Administration’s court-ordered deadline to reunify the families it forcibly separated at the border.

In an attempt to evade the order, the government claimed victory for the children it returned, and arbitrarily contrived a classification called “ineligible” -- unilaterally declaring that certain families it tore apart are “ineligible” for reunification. 
Among this group of families “ineligible” for reunification are 431 children whose parents the government deported without their children. 
To summarize: • The government forcibly separates children, including babies, from their parents (including from those legally seeking asylum)
• A federal court orders the government to return the children to their parents.
• The government, after the court order, deports 463 parents without the children the government took from them (Note: In many cases, the government falsely convinced these parents that the only way they would see their kids again is if they sign their own deportation orders and return home, where the kids would be waiting for them).
• The government reports to the court that 431 children are “ineligible” for reunification because the parents are no longer in the country. Because the government deported them after it took their kids.
• The government does not keep track of parents deported. The parents are not allowed to enter the U.S. to establish contact with their children. The parents and children have no idea if they will ever see each other again.
• The government claims it has complied with the court order and its work cleaning up the mess of its own making is done. • We say HELL NO, NOT ON OUR WATCH. (Please read the full post at the link in our bio ☝🏼 )

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Yesterday was the Administration’s court-ordered deadline to reunify the families it forcibly separated at the border. In an attempt to evade the order, the government claimed victory for the children it returned, and arbitrarily contrived a classification called “ineligible” -- unilaterally declaring that certain families it tore apart are “ineligible” for reunification. Among this group of families “ineligible” for reunification are 431 children whose parents the government deported without their children. To summarize: • The government forcibly separates children, including babies, from their parents (including from those legally seeking asylum) • A federal court orders the government to return the children to their parents. • The government, after the court order, deports 463 parents without the children the government took from them (Note: In many cases, the government falsely convinced these parents that the only way they would see their kids again is if they sign their own deportation orders and return home, where the kids would be waiting for them). • The government reports to the court that 431 children are “ineligible” for reunification because the parents are no longer in the country. Because the government deported them after it took their kids. • The government does not keep track of parents deported. The parents are not allowed to enter the U.S. to establish contact with their children. The parents and children have no idea if they will ever see each other again. • The government claims it has complied with the court order and its work cleaning up the mess of its own making is done. • We say HELL NO, NOT ON OUR WATCH. (Please read the full post at the link in our bio ☝🏼 )

This Sunday, please take a moment to watch what you have done. It’s working. Our families are being reunited. YOU DID THIS. 
Jorge from Northwest Immigrant Rights project wrote to us in the middle of the night to tell us that OUR LOVE IS FINALLY WORKING. THAT THE TIDE IS TURNING. Specifically, that our funds have secured the release of ten parents as of yesterday. 
Yolany Padilla – who fled violence in Honduras to seek legal asylum in the US -- is one of them. Her 6-year-old son Jelsin was taken from her by ICE two months ago. YESTERDAY, YOUR FUNDS SECURED JELSIN’S RETURN TO YOLANY’S ARMS.

Yolany said, “It’s difficult to explain how I feel because this moment is so big. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him, just imagine how I feel…It was like my heart was going to leap out of my body.” I love that Yolany used her statement to ask America to be brave and compassionate enough to imagine. To imagine how it feels to be her. How it feels to be her son. 
You did that. You dared to do what many refuse to do. You dared to imagine how it would feel to have your baby taken from your arms.To not know where he is or if you’ll ever see him again. You dared to imagine and that imagining broke your heart. 
And then you USED that heartbreak. You didn’t waste it. You used your heartbreak as fuel and you gave. When you gave to Together Rising, you transformed heartbreak into action. YOUR HEARTBREAK REUNITED YOLANY & JELSIN. 
This is how it’s done. This is how Love Wins.

YOU PROVIDED BAIL BOND FUNDS FOR EVERY SINGLE IMMIGRANT PARENT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WHOSE CHILDREN WERE TAKEN AT THE BORDER. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Your funds allow the detained parents to be removed from detention pending the completion of their asylum claims and immigration proceedings, giving parents a much better opportunity to reunify with children-and have children removed from detention-while their cases are pending, which can take up to one year.

We won’t quit until every parent has their child back. 100% of what we receive goes to these families -- Give at www.togetherrising.org/give or the link in our bio ☝🏼 Love, Fury & Relentless Hope,
G & @together.rising

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This Sunday, please take a moment to watch what you have done. It’s working. Our families are being reunited. YOU DID THIS. Jorge from Northwest Immigrant Rights project wrote to us in the middle of the night to tell us that OUR LOVE IS FINALLY WORKING. THAT THE TIDE IS TURNING. Specifically, that our funds have secured the release of ten parents as of yesterday. Yolany Padilla – who fled violence in Honduras to seek legal asylum in the US -- is one of them. Her 6-year-old son Jelsin was taken from her by ICE two months ago. YESTERDAY, YOUR FUNDS SECURED JELSIN’S RETURN TO YOLANY’S ARMS. Yolany said, “It’s difficult to explain how I feel because this moment is so big. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him, just imagine how I feel…It was like my heart was going to leap out of my body.” I love that Yolany used her statement to ask America to be brave and compassionate enough to imagine. To imagine how it feels to be her. How it feels to be her son. You did that. You dared to do what many refuse to do. You dared to imagine how it would feel to have your baby taken from your arms.To not know where he is or if you’ll ever see him again. You dared to imagine and that imagining broke your heart. And then you USED that heartbreak. You didn’t waste it. You used your heartbreak as fuel and you gave. When you gave to Together Rising, you transformed heartbreak into action. YOUR HEARTBREAK REUNITED YOLANY & JELSIN. This is how it’s done. This is how Love Wins. YOU PROVIDED BAIL BOND FUNDS FOR EVERY SINGLE IMMIGRANT PARENT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WHOSE CHILDREN WERE TAKEN AT THE BORDER. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Your funds allow the detained parents to be removed from detention pending the completion of their asylum claims and immigration proceedings, giving parents a much better opportunity to reunify with children-and have children removed from detention-while their cases are pending, which can take up to one year. We won’t quit until every parent has their child back. 100% of what we receive goes to these families -- Give at www.togetherrising.org/give or the link in our bio ☝🏼 Love, Fury & Relentless Hope, G & @together.rising

We are reporting to you today on Together Rising’s Round 3 giving. This is how you, through your devoted giving to Together Rising, are deploying $1,704,000 today to organizations that are advocating for and reuniting separated families RIGHT NOW: $500,000 to AL OTRO LADO to:
1) Develop a screening and referral system throughout Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to identify parents who have been deported without their children and to refer them to attorneys to work on reunification/ representation of the child in the U.S. (Note: We have documented cases of parents of separated children who are being deported WITHOUT the children that the government took. Many of these parents are being told that giving up their asylum claims and voluntarily signing their own deportation orders is the only way they will see their kids again – only to return to their home countries and learn that their children are still being held in detention in the U.S.) So in order for these parents to ever see their children again, an effective referral network throughout Central America and beyond is vital to connect these parents to US-based advocates. 
2) Hire two attorneys and two paralegals to help with reunification and to represent families who have been separated.
3) Hire a staff member to work with separated families in Los Angeles to coordinate mental health, medical, and other social services required by parents and children as a result of the trauma of separation. 
Please see the comments below for our three other grants made today. 
At @together.rising we don’t do despair. We turn our collective heartbreak into collective action. 
YOU DID THIS. THANK YOU. 
We will not forget these children. And we will not rest until every single one of them is reunited. 
Please give a tax-deductible donation at the link in my bio above ☝🏼www.togetherrising.org/give

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We are reporting to you today on Together Rising’s Round 3 giving. This is how you, through your devoted giving to Together Rising, are deploying $1,704,000 today to organizations that are advocating for and reuniting separated families RIGHT NOW: $500,000 to AL OTRO LADO to: 1) Develop a screening and referral system throughout Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to identify parents who have been deported without their children and to refer them to attorneys to work on reunification/ representation of the child in the U.S. (Note: We have documented cases of parents of separated children who are being deported WITHOUT the children that the government took. Many of these parents are being told that giving up their asylum claims and voluntarily signing their own deportation orders is the only way they will see their kids again – only to return to their home countries and learn that their children are still being held in detention in the U.S.) So in order for these parents to ever see their children again, an effective referral network throughout Central America and beyond is vital to connect these parents to US-based advocates. 2) Hire two attorneys and two paralegals to help with reunification and to represent families who have been separated. 3) Hire a staff member to work with separated families in Los Angeles to coordinate mental health, medical, and other social services required by parents and children as a result of the trauma of separation. Please see the comments below for our three other grants made today. At @together.rising we don’t do despair. We turn our collective heartbreak into collective action. YOU DID THIS. THANK YOU. We will not forget these children. And we will not rest until every single one of them is reunited. Please give a tax-deductible donation at the link in my bio above ☝🏼www.togetherrising.org/give

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