The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) has assembled a list of resources that will give all of us the tools to support those in our community who are suffering from profound personal problems and attacks on their civil rights.
In addition to this trusted list of resources for threatened communities, find more information below on how you can make a difference for those in need.
Direct Responses to Hate Crimes
If you are a witness or a victim, you can text REPORT or REPORTA to 73179, via Voto Latino. You should also report the incident to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), at their site. Please also consult this post on “How to Intervene In A Racist Attack.”
Support and Advice for Immigrant/DACA Families
In defense of immigrant families, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has assembled a “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” document on “Immigrants’ Rights Under a Trump Presidency.” The National Immigration Law Center has assembled several DACA FAQ‘s, and “Recommendations for People Considering Applying for DACA Following the Elections.” United We Dream has produced “5 Important Things You Need To Know About DACA During a Trump Presidency,”and some advice on how to move forward if you are currently participating in DACA.
Similarly, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center has Post-Election Talking Points and Resources on DACA/DAPA in English and in Spanish. The American Civil Liberties Union also provides Know Your Rights (KYR) information on immigration issues in English and in Spanish.
Please note that these guides are not intended to serve as formal legal advice. Please read them very, very carefully, and consult with a trusted immigration lawyer if possible, as your decisions could make all the difference for your family.
Young people can be a critically important force for justice at this moment. Movimiento Cosecha is organizing national walk-outs to demand #SanctuaryCampus policies, as well as organizing people of faith to provide Sanctuary when needed.
Teachers and Children
Children are particularly vulnerable right now, and teachers have a critical role to play in response. The SPLC has created Teaching Tolerance materials and programs for educators, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has a wealth of resources on bullying on Share My Lesson, and on their main site. The United Federation of Teachers’ BRAVE campaign also features direct actions you can take, and materials for administrators, teachers and students.
Mental Health Support
At times like this, people who currently live with anxiety, depression and related conditions, or are experiencing increased stress may fall into a darker space. The Crisis Call Center’s Suicide and Prevention Hotline is available 24/7/365 for those in need at 775-784-8090 and 1-800-273-8255.
For those of us feeling stress affect our lives at level short of crisis intervention, ColorLines has assembled “4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible.” Let’s take care of ourselves, both for our own good and so that we can be strong in defense of others.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233. The RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673. Bilingual support for those dealing with these issues is available at 626-793-3385, 310-392-8381, and 213-626-3393.