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Woman Pays The Bond Of A Woman Being Held In ICE Detention Center

Helping migrants being held in detention centers is high on the list of many who want to help. And, according to several organizations, the greatest way we can help them is by paying for their bonds so that they can get out of detention.

One woman’s story of paying a migrant’s bond has gone viral – but she wants you to know that she didn’t share the story because it’s a big deal. She shared the story because it shouldn’t be a big deal for someone who can afford it to do what they can to help those less fortunate.

This woman’s name is Julie Sharron and she paid the bond of a woman named Daymi – allowing Daymi to finally leave the detention center she was in and reunite with her two kids.

She gathered up the paperwork and set out to help Daymi the best way she could.

Credit: Julie Sharron / Facebook

After figuring out what she had to do, she got in touch with a friend who works with Immigrant Families Together. Julie knew she wanted to help a mother, father, or young person – but she’d help anyone she could help get out of detention.

Through her friend, Julie learned about a 28-year-old woman named Daymi. She has two kids (5 and 6 years old) that she’s not spoken to since she was thrown in detention.

She immediately went to her bank to withdraw the money she’d need, got a cashiers check payable to the Department of Homeland Security, and filled out the mountain of paperwork. She also went to Target to buy some much-needed supplies for Daymi.

She was in line by 6:45 am at the Federal Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

Credit: Julie Sharron / Facebook

Julie was one of the first in line at the Federal Building in Downtown LA. When she finally made it upstairs to the ICE waiting room, she noted she was surrounded by families and nervous, tired people.

Daymi’s bond went through. Julie says she could barely breathe as she walked out of the office.

Julie has since updated her Facebook with a photo of her and Daymi.

Credit: Julie Sharron / Facebook

She also added a photo of her grandparents who had inspired her to do what she could to help Daymi.

Credit: Julie Sharron / Facebook

According to Julie, the money she had in her savings (which she used to bail out Daymi) came from her grandparents.

Her grandaprents had been arrested by Germany’s Gestapo and put in coentrention camps. She says: “They came to America after the war to seek asylum and were able to build a life for themselves, putting away money for their grandkids. I cannot think of a better use for it.”

While Julie’s friends took to Twitter to share just how important it is that we do whatever we can to help.

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Julie’s friend is absolutely right. There is an emergency taking place and all of us need to be doing what we can to help those who need it most.

Posting bail is in fact, according to many immigration experts, the best way you can help migrants.

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According to several organizations, 68% of detained immigrants released on bond have ultimately prevailed in their court proceedings. Posting bond truly can help change the lives of migrants seeking a better life in the US.

Many on Twitter pointed out that those who post bail and get out of detention have a better chance at winning their cases in court.

Credit: @MsKellyMHayes / Twitter

So how will you help? Take a look at here for suggested organizations you can donate to or other ways you can help migrants being detained by the Trump administration.

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Tate’s Cookies Threatened to Report Undocumented Workers to ICE If They Unionized

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Tate’s Cookies Threatened to Report Undocumented Workers to ICE If They Unionized

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Fans of the crispy, buttery Tate’s cookies might be sad when they hear this news. According to current employees, the popular cookie business has been threatening employees who are trying to unionize.

According to multiple employees, Tate’s cookies threatened to contact ICE if workers vote to unionize next month.

According to Gothamist, most of Tate Bake Shop’s 432 employees are undocumented workers. But the National Labor Relations Act says that undocumented workers have a lawful right to unionize.

The powerhouse baked goods company Mondelēz International owns Tate’s cookies. Additionally, Mondelēz owns other popular brands like Oreo and Chips Ahoy. Local union leaders have called the company “anti-union on steroids”.

Once Tate’s cookies heard rumblings of their workers unionizing, however, they hired an anti-labor consultant. The consultant, Carlos Flores, brags on LinkedIn about keeping businesses “labor free”.

“They began threatening people based on their immigration status, telling them that if their documents are not in order and they attempted to join the labor union they would get deported,” said Eastern States’ Union president, Cosmo Lubrano.

The consultant allegedly told workers that he would review their documentation to see if “everything was in order”. If it wasn’t, he said ICE might “send them back”.

“Just because a worker wants to organize, wants to have representation doesn’t mean a company should make their life miserable,” said Julio, an undocumented worker, to The New York Times.

Tate’s cookies employees only began to discuss the possibility of unionizing when the pandemic hit. Workers felt that the cookie company might not protect them should they fall ill.

“We were in the heart of the pandemic at that time and they didn’t know any of the rules that applied to them,” said Anthony Miranti, an Eastern States’ union delegate.

“Will they get paid if they have to self-quarantine? How do they get safety equipment? They were telling us about how they’re all at minimum wage and needed more paid time off and there was just nobody to listen to their problems.”

Officially, Mondelēz denies all claims or threatening workers. They released a statement saying: “Any allegation that the company has violated any aspect of the National Labor Relations Act is untrue. Tate’s prides itself on treating all its employees with respect, and we have fostered over many years an inclusive, supportive, caring work environment and culture with our employees.”

Despite the threats to their livelihood, many workers still believe unionizing will ultimately be beneficial.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people who work in union shops. They say things are better,” said an undocumented worker by the name of Catalina to the New York Times. “Why not give this an opportunity?”

As Miranti says, “I think the workers that produce these products should be able to put their heads down on their pillows at night and know their job is secured, that their family has the best coverage out there, that they’ll have a pension to retire on someday.”

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A Twitter User Found Shrimp Tails And Baked Rat Caca In His Cinnamon Toast Crunch

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A Twitter User Found Shrimp Tails And Baked Rat Caca In His Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Yeah… this is one cereal box prize we’ll pass on.

Once upon a time, it was considered to be a real treat if you found something that wasn’t food in your breakfast cereal box. From sticker tattoos and puzzles to action figures, as kids, a cereal box presented quite a bit in the way of motivation when waking up early on school mornings.

Recently, however, a man came across a surprise in a General Mills Cinnamon Toast Box that’ll be sure to make you think the next time you reach for those Wheeties.

Writer and comedian Jensen Karp says he found shrimp tails, string, and what appears to be mouse poop in his Cinnamon Toast cereal box.

In a tweet he posted on Monday, which has since gone viral and retweeted more than 11,500 times, the comedian shared the strange discoveries. “Ummmm @CTCSquares – why are there shrimp tails in my cereal? (This is not a bit),” he asked in a tweet on Monday.

It didn’t take long for the Cinnamon Toast cereal account to reply that the shrimp-looking things were, not shrimp tails but rather chunks of cinnamon and sugar.  “After further investigation with our team that closely examined the image, it appears to be an accumulation of the cinnamon sugar that sometimes can occur when ingredients aren’t thoroughly blended,” the account replied. “We assure you that there’s no possibility of cross-contamination with shrimp.”

In response, Karp tweeted “Ok, we’ll after further investigation with my eyes, these are cinnamon coated SHRIMP TAILS, you weirdos,” he wrote. “I wasn’t all that mad until you now tried to gaslight me?”

It didn’t take long for Twitter to express how unimpressed they were by the brand’s explanation with a barrage of memes and replies.

Twitter users also expressed concern for those with shellfish allergies.

Karp went onto share more photos of his cursed cereal, this image showing what appears to be baked-on rat poo. Another tweet showed a string found in the same box. One user replied to the images sharing that it was possible that a mice or rat burrowed into the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal ingredients and brought in a few of their own belongings.

In a final follow-up photo of the other bag included in the family-sized box of cereal, Karp revealed what “appears to include … dental floss.”

Though the saga continues, Karp revealed that the company asked him to send them the product so that they could get down to the root of the problem.

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