Following an ICE raid in Whatcom County on August 29, 2018, Raid Relief to Reunite Families approached Community to Community Development for support. Since that time, C2C has supported their process to become an independent organization. You can contact RRRF directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Listen to RRRF tell their own story on our Community Voz radio show here.
WHAT HAPPENED - Granite Precast ICE Raid
February 2018 - Federal I-9 audit results in 38 Granite Precast workers being put on an ICE list
August 2018 - Several workers observe that they are being followed
August 29, 2018 - ICE stops 16 workers en route to work
C2C and Liz Darrow are contacted by several relatives of the detainees asking for help
August 30, 2018 - C2C organizes a protest at dawn at the Customs and Border Patrol facility in Ferndale in an attempt to stop the bus that takes the detainees to the Detention Center in Tacoma. Border Patrol agents tell the demonstrators that the men were transported to Tacoma already.
- C2C organizes a meeting at BUF for impacted families
- Ruby Castaneda, Lorgia Escobar, and Marisol Chapina go to this meeting and meet for the first time
- Nearly $ 900 is raised for 3 families by community supporters at the meeting
September 1, 2018 - Three families come together at C2C (Ruby, Laura, and Ubaldo)
- Rosalinda asks for leadership to coordinate support
- Ruby volunteers to coordinate
- The group of families choose the name "Raid Relief to Reunite Families"
September 2, 2018 - Ruby and Marisol go to the Detention Center in Tacoma to visit their partners
- Ruby asks Marisol for help and she agrees to be a RRRF coordinator
September 5, 2018 - Whatcom Community Foundation is committed to partnering with RRRF
September 6, 2018 - BUF agrees to partner with RRRF
- BUF offers their space for meetings and as a refuge
September 7-24, 2018 - Six men are released on bail
- Bail bonds range from $3,000 to $18,000 each
- A total of $ 46,000 is paid for the bonds
- The community begins to donate funds regularly
October 9, 2018 - Catholic Community Services is committed to partner with RRRF
- RRRF continues to organize and meet weekly
- Ruby and Marisol join with other organizations to coordinate and grow support: C2C, BUF, Whatcom Community Foundation, Catholic Community Services, Bellingham Food Bank, Public News Service, KRME - Community Voice Radio, The Bellingham Herald, Klipsun, Univision Seattle
- Ruby and Marisol facilitate meetings, develop agendas for weekly family meetings at BUF
November 2018 - In meetings, Ruby and Marisol commit to this organization is formed long term
November 21, 2018 - "Gratitude Dinner" at BUF
- Families come together to cook for the community
- $10,289 is raised
December 2018 - RRRF coordinates with organizations to provide a holiday for the families:
"Winter Clothing Drive" at CCS
"Toy Drive" in CCS
"Giving Tree" at The Black Drop Coffee
January 2019- Rosalinda commits to supporting and guiding the organization as a project of C2C
January 28, 2019 - Jahn Zuniga is released after 5 months in the Detention Center in Tacoma
- He won his asylum case, making his the first successful case of the original 16 detained men
- We feel the pain of those who were deported (9 in total)
January 30, 2019 - Families impacted by the raid commit to continue organizing with RRRF, to give volunteer hours to the community, or go to school to learn English
February 20, 2019 - Structure that works for RRRF is drafted by the families
March 18, 2019 - RRRF bring families impacted by the raid to Latino Legislative Day in Olympia. Family members talk to legislators about their experience with ICE, and encourage them to pass SB 5497, the Keep Washington Families Working bill.
May 1, 2019 - International Worker’s Day celebration for Raid Relief to Reunite Families at Local Group Studio. Community members come together to support RRRF and hear their first hand account of detention and life in the aftermath, which includes being restricted from working until their court cases are completed. Some men have court hearings scheduled as late as 2022.
May 22, 2019 - SB 5497, the Keep Washington Families Working bill, is signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee