ALBUQUERQUE – This past weekend, the New Mexico Dream Team held their annual UndocuPosada in Albuquerque to celebrate with the community our organization’s victories this past year while opening conversation about the battles will we face in 2019.
This year’s UndocuPosada was also turned into a toy drive to collect donations for children that will spend this holiday season detained in immigrant detention camps, away from their family and loved ones.
As of November 29th, more than 170 children separated under Trump’s zero-tolerance policy remained under federal custody according to a report filed earlier this month, the Daily News reported.
No child on this earth deserves to spend the holidays, like many of these immigrant children are, our hope is that by receiving a toy this holiday season we can keep their hope and spirit alive by letting them know that there are people thinking of them this holiday season.
Apart from the toy drive, our annual UndocuPosada is not just a party.
We also provided information booths to help inform our guests about our education and economic justice work. A timeline presentation of this years actions and campaigns was also provided to highlight the hard work our members have put forward this year to keep protecting the rights and well being of our immigrant communities.
Having the ability to sit down and talk over some delicious pozole in festive setting, allows us to reach our community at a more intimate level. In doing so, we are able hear their concerns and opinions about the issues facing our communities from those living it day to day.
“It’s a chance for us to step out of our organizer roles and simply reconnect with our community as community members ourselves,” stated Michelle Murguia, one of our members responsible for putting together the event.
NMDT will be hosting another UndocuPosada in Santa Fe that will also serve as a toy drive. If you’d like to make a donation, or learn more about our work, stop by for some free food and fun.
You can find the Santa Fe UndocuPosada Event link here.