Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall
We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the U.S. economy. Seems like a bad idea on countless levels for everyone involved. Maybe we should focus on human rights and creating a community that reflects our supposed values.
And even though at a rate of $1.7 million daily, it would take their fund about 35 years to raise the $21.7 billion that Trump's own Dept. of Homeland Security says would be needed to build said wall, we wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them.
If this seems ludicrous, we welcome you to the coalition of reasonable adults.
Should we not reach our goal--or should they (ahem) not reach theirs--all funds raised will go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) , a Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.
You see, they’ll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we’re going to reach ours:
Supporting an organization working to help immigrants seeking legal asylum. This GoFundMe isn’t really about ladders at all. It’s about lifting people up.
This idea is the original brainchild of @HoarseWisperer on Twitter.
Questions? Concerns? Misspelled remarks full of racist vitriol you'd like to pass along? Find me at @cmclymer .
Over the past few weeks, more than 7,000 of you raised nearly $160,000 for RAICES to help refugee and immigrant families. Even GoFundMe donated!
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
When @hoarsewisperer and I started this campaign, neither of us ever expected it to take off the way it did. We are truly humbled by the outpouring of humanity from folks across the country (and the world) for refugees and immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
We still think the wall is a ridiculous idea borne out of the tragic fear inherent in white supremacy, and we all must do what we can to demand the United States be a society that doesn't turn away any human being fleeing violence and persecution.
A wall must never be built, and our undocumented siblings must be recognized as part of our larger American family and given the dignity and respect accorded any human being.
Speak up. Register to vote. End white supremacy.
Ladders, not walls.
Charlotte Clymer & @HoarseWisperer