Urgent Action Alert to Support Asylum Seekers. Please Share, Especially to ABQ

What is Retake about if it isn’t there to advocate at critical moments, in ABQ on Monday the City Council will vote on whether or not to allocate $250K to support asylum seeker relief efforts. This is critically needed funding. The post includes info that should be shared on Social Media and with everyone you know in ABQ.

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URGENT ACTION IN SUPPORT OF ABQ ASYLUM SEEKERS

This is the kind of moment when we all have to step up and so today there is only one message.  STEP UP NOW.

  • All of us know individuals and grassroots groups in ABQ. Send them this post and ask them to take the action below. Ask them to share this post on social media and with friends they know.
  • Post a link to this post on your Facebook page and tag everyone you know in ABQ so that your post appears on their timeline;’
  • Ask them to email and call their City Councilor;
  • Ask them to attend the hearing on Monday and to speak up.

Monday, May 6, 5pm.   Albuquerque City Council Will Vote on R-19-143 a resolution that calls for $250K in funding to support staff and facilities to support Asylum Seekers at Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers, basement level of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, 1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM.   There is significant concern that the City Council may not vote to approve this critically needed funding. There is only so much volunteers can do and they require city funding to ramp up their relief efforts to meet the demand.  Over two-hundred asylum seekers are arriving in ABQ every week, with that number increasing each week.  Most all refugees arrive with only the clothes on their back.

We want to pack the hearing room and make sure we take full advantage of public comment and then remain at the hearing until the vote. Any person wishing to address the Council during “General Public Comments” must register with Council Staff. Council Staff will begin accepting sign-ups promptly at 4:30 pm and sign-ups will close promptly at 5:30 pm.  The first 30 persons to sign-up will be permitted to speak under General Public Comment.  You can also sign up to speak on the specific resolution:  R-19-143.  It is very far down on the agenda, so bring a book.

You should also call and email your city councilor and let them know that you will be at the hearing or watching by webcast and that their support for this funding is very important to you.  Making these calls and sending emails could make all the difference in whether this funding is approved or not.  To find your Councilor and contact information, click here

 

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