We’re organizing a nationwide fundraiser this weekend—June 20th-22nd 2018—to support the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), working to connect refugee families in America to community support and legal aid. Like so many Americans, we are horrified by the Trump Administration’s attempted “zero tolerance” policy of separating families entering the United States as asylum seekers and refugees. The result—literal concentration camps for children—is offensive to all moral people.

Immigration policy is a huge, multifaceted, complex generational issue, and no previous administration has been perfect on it. At 12pm today current US President Donald Trump—in the face of overwhelming outrage from prominent members of both political parties, all 5 living First Ladies, former top federal prosecutors in the Department of Justice, and countless other Americans of every political, social and cultural background—signed a face-saving emergency decree to temporarily halt family separation at the border. But the human rights catastrophe continues, as thousands of families look for resources and accurate information for the steps post-detention. 

Fortunately there are advocacy groups stepping up to help. We’re calling on coffee companies and coffee drinkers alike nationwide to join us in raising funds for ASAP, a group fighting for refugee rights at the US border and resource distribution at the ground level. We’re calling the effort “Coffee For Families.”

ASAP’s project work includes providing resources and accurate information to detained individuals, working to reunite mothers with their children post-detainment, and filing lawsuits in federal court against ICE on behalf of individual clients. This weekend’s charitable action will go directly towards funding this meaningful work being done by the team at ASAP, just one of several laudable organizations fighting for refugee rights, including RAICES and our bi-annual Night of 1000 Pours partners at the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Coffee For Families Launch Partners:

Sustainable Harvest

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters — San Diego, CA (3 locations)

Marigold Coffee — Portland, OR

Everyman Espresso — Manhattan and Brooklyn, NYC (3 locations)

Go Get Em Tiger, G&B Coffee — Los Angeles (3 locations)

Either / Or — Portland, OR (2 locations)

Heart Coffee Roasters — Portland, OR (3 locations)

Stumptown Coffee Roasters — Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, NYC (tk locations)

Metric Coffee — Chicago, IL

Gimme! Coffee — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Upstate New York (7 locations)

Ritual Coffee Roasters — San Francisco and Napa, CA (6 locations)

Houndstooth Coffee — Austin and Dallas, TX (6 locations)

Blacksmith, Coral Sword, Morningstar, Greenway Coffee — Houston, TX

Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits — Waco, TX

Evocation Coffee — Amarillo, TX

Parlor Coffee — Brooklyn, NY

Cultivar Coffee — Dallas and Denton, TX (3 locations)

Four Letter Word — Chicago

La Colombe — Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego (multiple locations)

Port of Mokha — Oakland, CA

Blue Bottle Coffee — Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Miami, Boston (multiple locations)

Water Avenue Coffee — Portland, OR (2 locations)

If you’re a cafe owner or work with a coffee company that would like to get involved in this effort, please register your company here. We’d love to add you to the above list of brands raising money for ASAP this weekend.

CLU executive director Anthony D. Romero summed up the moment today eloquently:

“The devil is in the details. This crisis will not abate until each and every single child is reunited with his or her parent. An eleventh-hour executive order doesn’t fix the calamitous harm done to thousands of children and their parents. This executive order would replace one crisis for another. Children don’t belong in jail at all, even with their parents, under any set of circumstances. If the president thinks placing families in jail indefinitely is what people have been asking for, he is grossly mistaken.”  — Anthony D. Romero, ACLU

Can’t make it to a cafe? Donate directly to ASAP online. Your donation is tax deductible. 

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