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These Organizations Are Working For Our Community So Why Not Donate To Them This Holiday Season

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The holidays can be stressful af for a multitude of reasons. The consumerism is overwhelming. Maybe you’re going home to a family that *gasp* voted for Trump. Maybe you’re not going home to that family and that has a whole different set of emotions. Maybe this year is same old, same old fake smiling at the cheap shower radio your tia got you and all your cousins. Maybe you’re looking for more meaning during these trying times.



Climate change has been an evil hag to you and your Boricua family the last couple years and we’re terrified for what’s to come. UPROSE was founded in 1966 in Brooklyn and has always been at the intersection of racial and climate justice.

Support their efforts because low-income communities fo color face environmental injustices at a disproportionate level.

The Ricky Martin Foundation

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I knoowww, you’re thinking, why does Ricky Martin need my money? He has been on the ground in a major way helping rebuild homes in Puerto Rico. Plus, nobody will fight you if you gift their Christmas gift to Ricky Martin.

Unidos Por Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico’s First Lady started this organization after the federal government’s lack of response to rebuild the island after Hurricane Maria. It might be the best organization to donate to since they’re utilizing on the ground staff to determine needs instead of those international relief organizations.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

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KIND is the leading legal aid organization that protects kids entering the immigration system of the U.S. Instead of those horrifying videos of unrepresented toddlers in court, KIND ensures that every child has representation.

Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project

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Much like KIND, the Florence Project is hyper located to the Arizona border and aims to keep families intact. The organization offers free legal and social services to families who are detained during removal proceedings. We all know that that can take years, and that these detention centers are set to surpass the prison system in terms of profits.

Florence wants every family to be treated humanely and legally.

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

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An arm of University of California Hastings, CGRS aims to protect the legal rights of refugee women, children and LGBTQ people seeking asylum in California. They give representation to people who running from trauma and terror and are going up against a language barrier.

Latino Victory Fund

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Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee that has released controversial ads that hit GOP opponents hard. They’re training Latino leaders to run for office an doing everything they can to support them.

If you want Latino representation in government, support the Latino Victory Fund.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

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Supporting NWIRP will help make life easier for Latinos who are real out there in the diaspora. They provide direct legal services for immigrants, people impacted by the criminal legal system or who are otherwise oppressed (by domestic violence, DACA, etc.).

Latino Equality Alliance


Based in Los Angeles, the Latino Equality Alliance has the support of the LA LGBT Center. They opened Mi Centro in Boyle Heights to offer bilingual services to the LGBTQ community on the east side of LA. That’ll look like transgender support services, legal services an immigration and housing support.

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

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ASAP helps prevent wrongful deportations before the trauma of the experience by staying abreast of individuals legal standing and connecting refugee families to emergency legal aid.

Caption: “Last week co-founder Dorothy Tegeler trained a new cohort of @YaleLawSch students on asylum law and the important ways law students support ASAP’s model of remote representation. Excited to work with these students and continue the fight for asylum-seeking families!”

Voto Latino

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We heard all about Voto Latino during these last midterm elections, which means they’re doing their job. Voto Latino singular aim is to get Latinos to register to vote! We don’t turn out to the polls like other minority groups int his country and Voto Latino wants to empower Latinos to feel safe going to the polls.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Ocasio-Cortez is one of the candidates backed by Voto Latino and she’s already getting climate change bills backed by dozens of Senators before even being sworn into Congress. She’ll be the first Senator to ever pay all her interns $15 an hour (only 4 percent of Democratic Senators even pay their interns). We have to keep supporting her.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

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Education is a HUGE component in lifting Latino voices and dignity in this country. The HSF is the nation’s largest NGO focused on higher education for Latinos. If you’re able to, your donation could help a young Latino get a college education.

Al Otro Lado

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Based in Los Angeles, Al Otro Lado serves communities in Tijuana with legal services after they’ve been deported or are seeking to return to the United States. Al Otro Lado helps close the legal gap after a primary breadwinner is deported. They help keep their American businesses running and in their name, help with cross-border custody issues and has a Wellness Center in Los Angeles for the families left behind.

Chicanos Por La Causa

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Founded in 1969, CPLC is part of the movement led by Cesar Chavez and remains one of the largest Latino nonprofits in the country. They combat oppression and strengthen the Latino culture in communities across the Southwest.

Caption: “Now, his student’s mariachi group has been recognized at the Tucson international Mariachi conference. His spirit of going above and beyond helped Efrain become an Esperanza Latino teacher honoree.”

The Committee for Hispanic Families and Children

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The organization is here for low-income Latino families in New York City. They offer education courses for parents as well as the ever more expensive child care to allow the family to succeed. On top of all that, they’re also providing immigrant services, and HIV/AIDS prevention services.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

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If you nerdy and in the healthcare industry, or love someone who is, this is the organization they need to be supporting. It’s science-driven advocacy focuses on health for all. It provides health services to more than 15 million Latinos throughout the U.S. cada año.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund


It’s a big name, right? Well, they give away legal scholarships to Latinos.

Caption: “Thanks to @sodexoUSA and @GeorgiaTech for teaming up with @MALDEF at a Health and Wellness workshop this past weekend. Over 100 participants from the Atlanta area heard presentations on health and nutrition and enjoyed a demonstration on healthy preparations of favorite dishes.

United We Dream


United We Dream provides a safe haven for fear-leaden undocumented immigrants living and contributing in the U.S. The organization seeks to empower young people to be calladitas no more and teaches them how to mobilize, develop campaigns, and fight for dignity and justice, Cesar Chavez style.

Unidos US

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Since 1968, Unidos US has been a nonpartisan voice for Latinos. They conduct research on how policy affects Latinos specifically, which means their research can be turned into advocacy efforts for immigrants, undereducated and underrepresented Latinos.

NPR’s Latino USA

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Caption: “I interviewed Shariana Ferrer of Colectiva Feminista en Construcción for @latinorebels Radio about their work, the feminist lucha in Puerto Rico and their demand that the governor declare an Executive Order to fight gender violence.”

If we want to hear our voices more often, we need to support those voices. NPR’s Latino USA covers stories we want to hear: stories from the past of how Alcatraz Island was occupied by indigenous Americans on Thanksgiving day back in the 1960’s to profiles of how Dolores Huerta and her daughter live their lives today.

READ: These Boyle Heights Teens Are Shedding Light On What Is Happening In Their Community With Their Own Newspaper

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He Underwent Nine Painful Surgeries To Correct His Cleft Lip And This Boy Is Raising $100K To Help Correct Other Children’s Left Lips

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He Underwent Nine Painful Surgeries To Correct His Cleft Lip And This Boy Is Raising $100K To Help Correct Other Children’s Left Lips

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A very sweet 12-year-old boy in Centerville, Utah has taken it upon himself to pass on his own success story to children in Guatemala born with cleft lips and/or palates. His name is Jeffrey Linton, and he wants to raise $100,000 that would all go towards helping 400 children learn to smile and be understood by their peers.

Jeffrey Linton is all smiles about his project to get 400 more kids like him to be all smiles, too.

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In a truly adorable video, Linton tells his audience how he had to “undergo nine painful surgeries to get as handsome” as he is now. Uncorrected, cleft lip and palates can cause chronic ear infections, difficulty eating, drinking and speaking.

In the video, we see a series of baby photos of Jeffrey as his cleft lip and palate were corrected.

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“My first surgery was when I was only 10 weeks old and it was just a lip adhesion,” Linton says int eh video. “My cleft was wide enough that they thought it would help my muscles adjust to the repair if they did it in two stages. So although my lip was pulled together, I could still stick my tongue out above it. It looked like I was sticking my tongue out of my nose and I hear that everyone got a kick out of that.”

It’s been a long journey for the child, completed with speech therapy, and now, it’s time for him to give back.

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Jeffrey’s second surgery was when he was just six months old. “I had a hard time recovering and my parents had a hard time knowing how much pain medication to give me,” Jeffrey told ABC. “But I came out of it with a repaired lip. They fixed my soft palate at 9 months and put ear tubes in to drain all the fluid in my ears.” It was crucial for his parents to be able to work with doctors for many years to continue his treatment.

“I want you to think about what it would be like if you couldn’t smile. It would change your life,” he tells the camera.

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He had to go through all those surgeries but now says he “can smile, I can eat and just be happy the way I am.” He goes on to tell us, very enthusiastically, “I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have those wonderful doctors that could have given me the surgeries that I need and those same doctors are going to Guatemala to help kids like me.”

Linton reached out to the Hirsche Smiles Foundation, which goes to Guatemala annually to operate on kids like him.

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The organization is entirely focused on providing support to Guatemalans. It coordinates plastic surgery, dental and construction teams to offer a range of services, including cleft lip and/or palates.

All the doctors and nurses pay their own way to get there, so all the money goes directly to medical supplies.

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HSF only works because of the volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses who donate their travel expenses and time to these kids. Of course, HSF still needs to raise money for the medical supplies required to perform the surgeries.

This 12-year-old actually pitched Holiday Oil “and they went for it.”

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They’re donating a portion of their car wash sales made on July 13th to Hirsche Smiles Foundation. He wants to raise $100,000 and says that “Holiday Oil has done their part, and now you get to do yours.

If you’re near a Holiday Oil, you can get a car wash on July 13, 2019, to help support the cause.

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A portion of the proceeds will go to HSF, and you’ll get your car washed while you’re at it!

Even better, you can volunteer to help out at the car wash and tell your friends to show up, too.

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According to Jeffrey, “You could help collect donations and drying off cars and things,” if you show up to volunteer that day as well. 

Or, you can donate directly to the Hirsche Smiles Foundation.

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A donation of $250 will pay for the cost of one surgery, and 100 percent of your donation will go towards expenses for the hospitals and supplies. It’s a worthy cause, y’all.

READ: Spurred By Anger At The Trump Administration, One Latina Entrepreneur Raised $9,000 For Migrant Children

‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community


‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community

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Singer Kali Uchis is not having the most ideal summer. The American-Colombian artist is allegedly being sued by her former manager, Claire Bogle, who worked for Uchis since 2016. Court documents show that Bogle alleges Uchis didn’t pay her 20 percent of her $1.5 million earnings. But just because she’s embroiled in legal issues, doesn’t mean Uchis is going to let that damper her charity work. The singer is coming through as the headliner for the 2019 Selena for Sanctuary concert, a

Kali Uchis is slated to perform at the third annual Selena For Sanctuary concert in New York City.

“Honored to be headlining Selena for Sanctuary this year. creating safe spaces& raising funds for immigrants; celebrating our roots, & our journeys, all while paying tribute to the inspirational icon Selena. tix are free but all donations & money raised there will support Make The Road NY Organization. c u there,” she said on Instagram.

Since 2017, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants.

Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show will go to Make The Road NY. Their mission is to provide “Legal and Survival Services,” develop “Transformative Education,” and help with “Community Organizing.”

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer?” Muñoz told Remezcla in an interview in 2017. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Munoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. The New York City event will be part of Central Park’s Summerstage concert series and it is the second year that the event is happening in NYC.

“Thank you to every single artist + team a part of this. this line up honors how amazing and diverse our Latinx community in music is right now,” Muñoz wrote on Instagram. “This series started out of urgency early 2017, and to see where it has grown feels like all my dreams are coming to life. 

Other performers this year also include Cuco.

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“YOOOO! So excited to announce being a part of Selena for Sanctuary’s second year in NYC!!! Come out to Central Park August 18th to support our immigrant community in need,” Cuco posted on Instagram. “From personal experiences and coming from a family of immigrants, it’s so important to me that you come and get informed of the struggles going on in our current climate (but also have fun remembering Selena). Love you all ♥️”

It just goes to show that so many people in our community are being impacted by immigration and the immigration policies. Thankfully, Selena for Sanctuary is giving these people and families hope.

Helado Negro will also use his music to bring attention to the struggles of migrants.

“Solidarity for Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts,” Helado Negro posted on Instagram. “See you all at the park. :)”

IV Jay, Ambar Lucid, Jasper Bones, The Santuario House Band with music direction by Adrian Quesada, are also scheduled to be performing as well. 

We’re especially looking forward to a performance by Selena’s nephew Principe Q!

“Honored that I was invited to play this FREE event in August 🙏🏽 Selena was all about giving back to her community,” Svani Quintanilla said on Instagram. “It’s beautiful to see such a big event giving back to a bigger community in her honor.”

We assume that this special honor means so much more since he is playing in honor of his tía as well. What a sweet moment for a family to see things coming full circle.

The free show will take place on August 18, at 8 p.m., at Central Park in New York City. Click here for more information. 

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