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This Special Shirt Is Helping RAICES And Kids Who Are Locked Up In Migrant Detention Centers

As the migrant crisis rages on and people are being forced into cages, forced to sleep on cold floors, forced into overcrowded detention centers, many of us wonder what can we do to help.

We are partnering with RAICES and donating 100 percent of the proceeds from this shirt to help this nonprofit continue their fight to free these children from cages and offer legal advice to all migrants seeking asylum in the US.⁠

We’ve all seen the crisis at the border and the inhumane treatment of these migrant children. Show your support for migrant rights — and human rights — by rocking your own “Close The Camps” tee. Because NO ONE BELONGS IN A CAGE.⁠

These are the shirts you can buy to help RAICES and children locked up in migrant detention centers.

To everyone that wants to help migrants during this difficult and unjust time, here is what you can do…buy a shirt from Mitú and 100% of the proceeds will go to RAICES – an organization working hard to help migrants.

Click here to purchase our #CloseTheCamps tee and support the cause.

RAICES does amazing work to help the migrant community – especially children who have been separated from their families.

Credit: @RAICESTEXAS / Twitter

These are just some of the crucial legal services that RAICES provides to immigrants:

  • Asylum
  • Relative Petitions
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Employment Authorization
  • Cancellation of Removal
  • Naturalization
  • Citizenship
  • U Visas (for victims of crimes [and their immediate family members] who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity).
  • T Visas (for certain victims of human trafficking and immediate family members to remain and work temporarily in the United States, typically if they agree to assist law enforcement in testifying against the perpetrators).
  • Temporary Protected Status
  • The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • The Violence Against Women Act

They also have been vocal activists as ICE raids take place across the country.

Credit: @RAICESTEXAS / Twitter

RAICES has also held Facebook Lives and taken to the streets to educate people on their rigths should they encounter ICE.

And as Trump orders ICE to conduct nationwide raids, it’s more important than ever to know your rights.

They even host DACA renewal workshops for the community.

Credit: @RAICESTEXAS / Twitter

For immigrants who are eligible for DACA, RAICES has a program in which they offer legal services, advice, and assistance with the entire process. These workshops are invaluable to those who may be intimidated by the process or in fear that coming forward may land them before a judge.

And they need your help to keep doing the amazing work they’re doing.

Remember to buy your shirt today to help children being held in migrant detention centers! Click here to get yours.

READ: Border Patrol Shocks Again With News That A Mother And Her Premature Baby Were Kept In Cages At Texas Immigration Facility

RAÍCES Installed ‘Kids In Cages’ Across Iowa To Make A Point About What The Candidates Aren’t Talking About

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RAÍCES Installed ‘Kids In Cages’ Across Iowa To Make A Point About What The Candidates Aren’t Talking About

@RAICESTEXAS / Twitter

Yesterday, voters across Iowa took to the polls to cast their ballot in the Democratic caucuses. And yes, voters also turned out for the less than fair Republican caucuses, in which Trump is basically all but guaranteed to win thanks to a largely rigged primary system that benefits the incumbent.

The results have been, well, chaotic to say the least. It’s the day after and, at least on the Democratic side, we still don’t have a clear answer on who actually walked away the winner. But what we do have is increased attention on Trump’s disastrous and inhumane immigration policies, thanks to an installation by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) Texas, an immigrant rights group.

#DontLookAway: is an exhibit installed by RAICES to call attention to the on-going humanitarian crisis caused by Trump’s immigration policies.

On Monday, just as the caucuses were beginning to start, and voters started making their way to choose their Democratic candidate for president, RAICES installed powerful images across Iowa. Chain-link cages were erected in Des Moines, outside caucus sites, media offices, and other prominent places like city hall. The cages contain fake children inside covered in Mylar blankets, symbolizing the children detained along the border and in detention centers across the country.

Perhaps most powerful: each cage also includes a recording from an actual child who has been kept in detention.

In a press release, Erika Andiola, Chief Advocacy Officer for RAICES said, “The horrors at our border and throughout our immigration system are too often ignored by the public and politicians. We’re asking people in Iowa and across the country: Don’t look away from the terrors enacted in your name. Don’t look away from the kids in cages, the asylum-seekers turned back at our border, the deportation raids destroying communities across the country. This anti-immigrant crackdown has to end.”

RAICES also held a press conference to talk about the actions they were taking on behalf of detained children.

The group is hoping its installation can refocus attention on immigration, given the lack of consideration the issue has received in the presidential race recently.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, Andiola said, “One of the things that has been really troubling for us is seeing that immigration has not even been an issue in the last two [Democratic] debates.”

In an email to Mitú, Andiola said: “We’re doing this as the administration has broken records in immigration detention by keeping up to 55,000 people jailed at once, and has sent back more than 60,000 people to Mexico to await their asylum hearings in conditions that are utterly depraved, as we have been documenting for months. We’re doing this as the Trump administration has quadrupled workplace raids that target people holding a job and paying taxes in this country.”

They’re asking for the American public to support a moratorium on deportations in conjunction with Migrant Justice Platform, a collection of policies developed by dozens of grassroots organizations. Additional policies include an end to immigrant detention, citizenship for all 11 million undocumented people in the country, demilitarization of the border, the dismantling of ICE and CBP, and the formation of truth/reconciliation committees examining the human rights abuses committed against immigrants by previous administrations.

The Iowa caucus is significant as the winner of the Iowa caucuses on the Democratic side has often gone on to become the Democratic nominee.

Credit: RAICES

Yes, the population of Iowa is not representative of all of the Unites States. Its population is 90%, yes 90%, white. But it holds an outsized influence over the US nomination process for president as it holds the very first primary/caucus in the nation.

Candidates who do well in Iowa often build the momentum they need to carry themselves through the primary process and emerge as the candidate for the general election come November.

Their exhibition in Iowa isn’t the first to call attention to the cages – and likely won’t be the last.

These cages are similar to the ones we helped install in New York City over the summer, which went viral as thousands of people took photos of the cages and posted them online, even as police eventually dismantled the cages and hauled them off. We’re replicating the action in Des Moines at the height of the most anticipated caucus in modern history.

Here Are A Few Products To Show Your Love For La Virgen de Guadalupe

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Here Are A Few Products To Show Your Love For La Virgen de Guadalupe

Once a year on Dec. 12, Guadalupanos gather all over the world to honor their patron, La Virgen de Guadalupe. In Mexico City, the Basílica of Guadalupe hosts thousands of devotees to throw what is probably the biggest party for la morenita complete with dozens of indigenous dancers, the most celebrated Mexican singers and only the best mariachis. Across the U.S. there are hundreds of mañanitas that take place on a smaller scale, but still as touching. Regardless of where people attend, attendees show up to these celebrations wearing their favorite pieces with the Virgen de Guadalupe. If you are a believer but don’t own any pieces with La Virgen on them, here are a few you can purchase from our mitú Shop.

Virgencita de Guadalupe Necklace

This necklace is an exclusive from our collaboration with Colombian jewelry designer, Mercedes Salazar. Take the Virgen with you anywhere you go with this gold-plated design that is small enough to wear under any outfit and just big enough to make a statement. This also works well layered with other necklaces. Perfect for someone who likes to accessorize or someone who is looking for their first Virgen piece.

Maria Is My Homegirl Sweatshirt

No matter how big or small your circle gets, there is one homegirl who will always have your back and her name is Maria. Cozy up in her mantel this winter in this ultra soft sweatshirt that will give you all of her celestial vibes.

Guadalupe Socks

Just like the necklace, these Guadalupe socks are subtle enough to wear even to the office but also a statement maker. Keep your little patitas warm with the coziness that only the Virgen can give you.

Guadalupe: First Words

Books are a great way to educate younger generations with the traditions we were raised on. This Lil’ Libros book will teach youngins who the Virgen de Guadalupe is and why she is such a prominent figure in our culture.

Maria Is My Homegirl Pin

Take a little bit of the Virgencita everywhere you go with this multi-colored Virgen pin. Whether you’re someone who makes the sign of the cross every time you’re about to drive onto the freeway or you just like the Virgen because it reminds you of home, this is a sweet gift for anyone — or yourself.