This statement was published in the Raleigh News and Observer and Durham Herald Sun on March 8, 2020, by the 30 organizations listed.
An earlier version was published on September 8/9, 2019 by Binkley Church in the N&O, DHS and UNC Daily Tarheel.
Report from the Humanitarian Crisis Work Group
A Humanitarian Crisis Community Group including more than 35 organizations has been established to work together.
Publishing the statement above jointly with 30 organizations was a way to:
- Speak up with a strong, united, visible voice on behalf of marginalized people
- Urge others to speak up whenever they see or hear people being treated inhumanely or unjustly
- Express our shared beliefs and bring these organizations together as a community.
Since the publication of the statement, a number of other organizations have joined with us in this work. Now we have a group of organizations that can:
- Respond as a unified group quickly and visibly to injustice in our communities and nation
- Support each other in initiatives providing direct support to people in need
- Share requests for funding for urgent situations for individuals and organizations
- Identify ways that we can use our joint strength to address injustice and inhumane treatment.
The Binkley Humanitarian Crisis Workgroup has been moving forward on a number of fronts:
- The Workgroup was established in the fall of 2019. Since then we have sponsored several events at Binkley.
- A Steering Committee to help guide the work of the Binkley Humanitarian Crisis Workgroup has been established. Ginger Clifford and Dick Clifford, co-chairs; Lynn Calder, Abbie Dickinson, Alice Glover, Susan Ketchin, Cate Alexander, Ashley Nissler, and Megan Highsmith are current members.
- If you wish to be included on the Workgroup email list, please contact Dick at email@example.com.
- Below is information on upcoming events and ways to volunteer and donate.
- August 30 – Festival of Faiths at NCCU. Partnership between Durham Congregations in Action and the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue at Central University.
- Pilgrimages of Compassion will be going every other month to Stewart Detention Center. Those going will include both family and friends going to visit loved ones detained and community members going to bear witness and speak out later. Pastor Edgar Vergarra of La Semilla is leading.
Ways to Donate and/or Volunteer
Because of the pandemic, in addition to the organizations below, please consider these two possibilities.
- Using all, or a portion of, any federal stimulus money that you may receive to support those who have been directly harmed by this pandemic.
- Remember hourly/service members whose services you may have discontinued (ex. Housekeepers, hairdressers, gardeners, repair men/women, massage therapists). Many of us continue to be paid even if we are not able to go to work. How about providing for others in the same way? If you can pay them what you would have anyway, or even a portion of what you would have paid them, it would be one way of helping in these difficult times.
Al Otro Lado (https://alotrolado.org)
A Binkley member volunteered with this organization where she assisted in helping immigrants and refugees wishing to enter the US. They have a Border Rights Project in Tijuana and donations can be made directly to that project.
511 E. San Ysidro Blvd. #333, San Ysidro, CA 92173
Binkley Baptist Church
Make checks out to the church, and please designate Humanitarian Crisis on the memo line of your donation. 100% of the funds will directly support Binkley’s work on the Humanitarian Crisis.
1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514
El Refugio (https://www.elrefugiostewart.org)
Serves those detained at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga. Men who are detained in Orange County, NC along with men from other states may be sent there. Binkley Church sent a delegation to El Refugio with toiletries, clothing, and other supplies for loved ones visiting detainees. El Refugio runs a hospitality house offering food and much needed lodging at no cost.
El Centro Hispano (http://elcentronc.org)This is a Latino non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the community, building bridges, and advocating for equality and inclusion for Hispanics/Latinos in the Triangle Area of NC. Among their many programs they provide legal assistance. Donations can help offset the fees associated with applications or renewals or when our neighbors are detained by ICE.
Repairers of the Breach (www.breachrepairers.org)
A National Call for Moral Revival. This national movement fights to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and environmental destruction. It also seeks to end the injustice to children, women, immigrants, refugees, and LGBTQ people.
PO Box 1638, Goldsboro, NC 27533-1638
The Southern Poverty Law Center
Please designate Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative on your contribution. This project provides legal representation to detained immigrants being held in the South.
400 Washington Ave., Washington DC 36104
Immigrant Solidarity Fund, Church World Services (https://cwsrdu.org/immigrant-solidarity-fund/)
This fund has been opened up temporarily to support undocumented community members who are experiencing hardship due to ICE activity or to COVID-19 job loss. This community will not be eligible for most of the relief that others in our community can access. Attn: Ellen Andrews, 112 S. Duke St., Suite 4B, Durham NC 27701
You can help by donating or volunteering to help someone who is in sanctuary at the Church of Reconciliation (110N. Elliot road, Chapel Hill, NC.27514). Make a note in your check’s memo line that it is in support of her. Your donation will cover things like legal fees and grocery supplies so that she can make pupusas, a way that she raises money (sanctuary inquiries 984-999-1461).
Donate to the Community Church of Chapel Hill as it offers shelter and support to asylum seekers and ask what you can do to help:106 Purefoy Road, Chapel hill, NC 27514.