Continuing coverage of the situation in Deming with the asylum seekers right here at your community radio station:
KURU 89.1 FM and at gmcr.org
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A Special Lunch & Learn Presentation from Western Institute for Lifelong Learning
Deming Migrants: Trends – What We’ve Learned, How We’ve Changed, and What You Can Do
Western Institute for Lifelong Learning is presenting a special Lunch and Learn event. Ariana Saludares of Deming’s Young Mothers group and Barbara Gabioud of Silver City’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will share a brief account of the work that their communities have pulled together to do at the Deming migrant facility since it opened this past May, They are seeking volunteers to help continue this work throughout the coming months.
Where: The Global Resource Center ABC Room, WNMU When: Wednesday, July 31, from 12 Noon – 1:00 P.M.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
GMCR’s previous coverage of this situation below.
Friday, July 12, 2019
We are in the 2nd day of programming concerning the situation with asylum seekers who have been transitioned out of Immigration authorities and are now here legally and are in the process of contacting their sponsors all over the country and are in need of assistance. They have been dropped off in Deming with no help or assistance in getting them to their sponsors. The people in Deming, Silver City and other communities are stepping up to help them. Listen to KURU today as we will have some programming relating to this problem. The station will be open until 5:00 PM today with snacks and tea and more. You can bring donations of money and items they need down there. You can call the station at 575-597-4891 to find out what is needed. We are also asking for new members for the KURU because this is what communities need – a community radio station that addresses local situations.
This page will be updated later as the day moves on. Thank you.
Here are some contacts for more information on what is needed and how you can help:
The link for donations to Deming is: http://www.coloresunited.org
There are links on the Colores United web page to their facebook page and other links as well.
The telephone number for Ariana Saludares, the volunteer coordinator is: 505-201-3953.
Ariana suggests that you text her and she will be able to communicate with you in a more timely manner. Telephone calls take longer to answer and take more time from her many duties, but she will answer when she can.
Here is a list of items needed right now by the UUF food bag project. Listeners can bring these to GMCR anytime before 5 pm today, and we’ll get them to the Unitarians.
Here are the items the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship can use now for the food bag project:
• 1 lb jars of peanut butter
• jars of jam or jelly
• 1 gallon Ziplock bags
• Small toys/coloring books that can be taken on a bus (no bubbles, noisemakers, balls…) The following are individually packaged:
• 16 ounce bottles of water
• juice boxes
• cracker packs
• fruit snacks made from real fruit
• granola bars or breakfast bars
• cookie packs
• Vienna sausages
Here is the press release for this programming:
Gila/Mimbres Community Radio, streaming at GMCR.org and broadcasting on KURU 89.1 FM, announced special programming on immigration justice and U.S.-Mexico border issues on Thursday and Friday, July 11 and 12, 2019, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing through the day.
Carolyn Smith, Chair of the radio station’s Board of Directors, said “Many in our community are concerned about the humanitarian crisis at the border, with hundreds of migrants who have had even their blankets, belts, and shoelaces taken from them – adults and children – being dropped destitute in Deming and other towns near the border. KURU’s special programming this Thursday and Friday will update our previous coverage in early June. Listeners will get current information and insights from Grant County folks who drive to Deming to help out and bring donated items, like diapers, food and serving supplies, clothing, and toys, crayons, and coloring books for the many small children who are welcomed with their parents and given hospitality, health care, and transportation help. We’ll also have live interviews with coordinators in Deming, and we’ll air other programs that give background and context for understanding the human realities of immigration patterns and policies.”
During these two days the station will hold an open house, with light refreshments and conversation with GMCR volunteers and Board members. Interviews and live music will be featured, along with regularly scheduled programs such as Democracy Now!, The Ralph Nader Hour, Earth Matters, Use Your Words, Rambling Radio Revival, Jazz From the Gila, and Mitchellaneous.
Gila/Mimbres Community Radio and KURU broadcast music, news and public affairs, cultural and educational topics, and commentary, with Spanish-language in addition to English programming, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. The station is funded entirely by the community. To join or donate, call 575-597-4891, visit GMCR.org on the Internet and double-click the “support” tab, or visit the station at 519-B North Bullard Street in Silver City, NM 88061.
On Monday, May 13, 2019, the Deming City Council declared an emergency due to the delivery of 170 migrants who had been processed by the US Border Patrol and who were lawfully present in the United States. Following this, the Federal Government continued to drop more migrants, and the City established emergency shelters in an airport hanger at the Deming airport and at the Southwestern New Mexico Fairgrounds.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham visited these facilities on May 19, 2019, and initiated efforts to obtain appropriate assistance from the Federal Government. At this time, hundreds of migrants, lawfully present in the United States, are in need of assistance.
Tuesday / 4 June / 8am
On Local Flavor
GMCR / KURU will present “first responding” volunteers from Silver City that have joined this grassroots response to an international issue. They will discuss and provide the latest updates on the events and eye witness accounts of the activities in Deming, what assistance is needed, and how people throughout Grant County can help out with this humanitarian crisis. Visit the links below for more information.
And join us on Tuesday / June 4th / 8am on Local Flavor to hear more from those that have already become involved. This is an important opportunity to express your basic humanity by helping out people in the most dire straights.
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