Helping Afghans and Afghanistan

Here are a variety of actions available for you with links to webpages for further research

I. PRAYER

“For those who are fleeing: sanctuary
For those who are staying: safety
For those who are fighting: peace
For those whose hearts are breaking: comfort
For those who see no future: hope”
(Fellowship of the Least Coin)

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. LIRS asks for volunteers. to help support visa holders being evacuated to the U.S. (with ports of entry in Washington state, the Washington D.C. area, and Texas).

https://lirsconnect.org/get_involved/action_center/siv

LIRS asks for donations, too. A donation to “Neighbors in Need: Afghan Allies” will help provide clothing, housing assistance, and other resources for arriving refugees

https://www.boston.com/news/world-news/2021/08/19/heres- how-to-help-afghan-refugees-right-now/

UNITED STATES COLLEGE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

“We are particularly concerned for all those requiring evacuation, as well as Afghan women and girls, who risk losing opportunities gained over the last two decades and now face potential

mistreatment.”

“For the past few weeks, staff from the USCCB, Catholic Charities,

and other partners have been at Fort Lee in Virginia, assisting the

U.S. government in the welcoming and resettlement of SIV applicants and their families. We will continue that work as long as necessary until those who are in harm’s way are brought to safety.”

https://www.usccb.org/news/2021/us-bishop- chairmen-respond-evolving-crisis-afghanistan

 JEWISH AMERICANS

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-groups- kick-into-high-gear-as-afghan-refugees-begin- to-arrive-in-us/

In California, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley and Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay are preparing to support 130 families, according to J., the Jewish News of Northern California. The East Bay organization has been helping Afghans resettle for years, but has never tried to support so many families so quickly, the newspaper reported.

Refer to: https://forward.com/opinion/474667/10-ways- jewish-americans-can-help-afghan-refugees/

DONATE MONEY THROUGH UNICEF

Donate to Help Protect Children Affected by the Crisis in Afghanistan. https://www.unicef.org/afghanistan/

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES (IFRC)

The IFRC urged greater international support for millions of people in Afghanistan who are suffering due to worsening drought, Covid-19 and armed conflict.

The IFRC is appealing for 15 million Swiss francs to support the Afghan Red Crescent Society to deliver cash grants to buy food supplies, restore livelihoods and crops for 280,000 people in 13 of the provinces worst affected by drought.

Before donating to the IFRC, the IFRC recommends that you check the possibility of donating to the American Red Cross. The Red Crescent is the name used in Muslim countries.

https://www.climatecentre.org/5765/ifrc-urges-greater- international-support-for-millions-of-afghans-affected-by- worsening-drought/

SPONSOR A FAMILY

Read this toolkit. The United Church of Christ (a Christian denomination in the USA) has prepared a toolkit for welcoming and advocating for newly-arrived Afghans. It is available as a Word download: Welcoming and Advocating for Afghan SIVs and Refugees: A Toolkit by Carol Fouke-Mpoyo

  1. Register for the UCC Sept. 11 90-minute webinar on welcoming Afghan SIVs having Special Immigrant Visas. Upcoming training for UCC churches: serving Afghan refugees being resettled in the United

Saturday, September 11, 5-6:30 p.m. ET Registration

link: https://UCC.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qf-

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This 90-minute training session builds on the new

toolkit available above. This training will include stories and insights from Afghan with SIVs (Special Immigrant Visa), churches that have built successful refugee ministries and migration professionals concerning effective ways that churches can make an impact.

OTHER CHARITIES

NOTE: In the coming weeks you may hear many Afghan relief appeals. Before giving money, Forbes recommends you check the charity with the IRS, www.charitynavigator.org, www.guidestar.org as well as the Better Business Bureau.

At the present time, many international relief agencies have not yet announced their Afghanistan programs during this period of horrendous political crisis, upheaval and violence.

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Human Relations Commission

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION BROCHURE

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

BOARD AND COMMISSION APPLICATION

Purpose

To promote mutual understanding and respect among all citizens of the city and to assure equal opportunity for all, through education, research and investigation, and collaboration. To aid and assist in the enforcement of Mass General Laws Chapter 151B and 151 C sections 92A and 98 of Chapter 272 and section32 of Chapter 121B

LETTER OF SOLIDARITY

Commissioners

 Estella Ribeiro Chairperson
Vice-Chairperson
Marcus Chumack Member
Jeff Costa Member
Maria Rosario Member
Martin Bentz Member
Marci Pina-Christian Executive Director & Human Services Coordinator

Our Mission

The mission of the Human Relations Commission is to;

  • Advocate for the human and civil rights of all residents of the City of New Bedford
  • Educate the public about their rights and create greater awareness of human rights issues
  • Intake, mediate , or refer complaints of human rights violations
  • Outreach – Work with public and private organizations to increase compliance with local state and federal laws and raise the level of awareness and sensitivity to human and civil rights issues

Are you a victim of discrimination? We want to hear from you.

Contact: Marcelina Pina-Christian
Human Services Coordinator and Executive Director of Human Relations Commission
Address: City Hall Room 113
Phone: 508-979-1464
Fax: 508-991-6262
E-mail: Marcelina.Pina-Christian@newbedford-ma.gov
Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:30-5:30

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month. During the Covid Pandemic, meetings are being held virtually through Freeconferencing.com. If you would like to come before the commission or contact the commission, you can email or call the office at 508-979-1464.

Section 2-130 of the City Code: established 10/26/76.

Consists of nine members, each of whom shall reside or be employed in the City of New Bedford. Commission members shall serve without compensation and shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for THREE YEAR TERMS.

POLICE ANALYSIS SURVEY

Thanks to all who participated in the New Bedford Human Relations Commission Survey in August 2020. The link provided is the results of the survey. For more information on the survey contact the Human Relations Commission office at 508-979-1464.