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Today University Settlement staff members attended a vigil on the Lower East Side to protest against the separation of families at the border. The vigil was coordinated by Families Belong Together.
Families Belong Together includes nearly 250 organizations representing Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight family separation and promote dignity, unity, and compassion for all children and families.
Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Women’s Refugee Commission, MomsRising, FWD.us, United We Dream, People’s Action, ACLU, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, MoveOn and others, the coalition has raised millions of dollars for immigrant children and families, mobilized hundreds of thousands of people in all 50 states to take action, and helped to reunite thousands of families.
Families Belong Together continues its work to permanently end family separation and detention, seek accountability for the harm that’s been done, and immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart.
Here are some photos from a recent outing our students took to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to do some spring planting prep work. More on the garden below…
M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden is a kind of “communal backyard” for those who live and work in the area. By volunteering to participate as gardeners, we express a shared interest and commitment to gardening, as well as acknowledging that we are also here to maintain the garden as a community green space.
In exchange for this small patch of nature, we’ve agreed to be active participants in the maintenance and growth of this valuable community resource. Members have responsibilities which, when shared equally among all of us, are not time consuming or difficult.
The M’Finda Kalunga Garden means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in the Kikongo language. It is named in memory of the “second” African American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets.