Liz volunteers with the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR) and highly recommends them if you are looking for a small, local organization to support.
NMCIR consists of a team of 7 employees (plus volunteers) in northern Manhattan that helps the undocumented, immigrant, and refugee community with legal paperwork related to citizenship for themselves and their families. They also offer English and civics classes, educate the community about citizenship scams, advocate for immigration reform, and run voter registration drives. They do an enormous amount of phenomenal work with pitifully scant resources and they’ve been swamped for their entire existence and especially since the election.
Local, small, community-based organizations (CBOs) are desperately in need of funding at this time and a dollar goes a lot further for them than it does for large nationwide organizations like the ACLU or Planned Parenthood (also worthy organizations). CBOs are also 1) better attuned to the specific needs of their communities and 2) frequently overlooked when people consider charitable giving, since they lack the resources or national standing to advertise themselves. If you’re able to give a monthly or one-time donation, please consider the NMCIR or an organization like it: nmcir.org/donate
Liz is also planning a pub quiz fundraiser for them and is looking for members who could help with finding a venue and and quiz host. Please contact her if you have any ideas!