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Peace & Justice Wednesday 9/6/17 9 a.m. – FACEing Mental Illness and DACA

Written by on Saturday, September 2, 2017

This Wednesday 9/6/17 we’ll talk in the studio with Carrie Seidman, a reporter, critic and columnist for nearly forty years, and since 2010 with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. She’ll talk about her year-long effort called FACEing Mental Illness: The Art of Acceptance,  a collaborative art project aimed at reducing discrimination against those with mental health conditions and creating a supportive, inclusive community. Participants created art and were featured in weekly columns in the Herald-Tribune and in a recent book. See their work and their stories at faceingmentalillness.heraldtribune.com.


We’ll also talk to people from the National Immigration Law Center  – NILC.ORG and weareheretostay.org about the cancelling of DACA

The DACA program protects 800,000 immigrant youth from deportation and gives them freedom to work and live life. They are in school, and working hard. They are our friends, our classmates, our co-workers and neighbors. It may be yourself. Trump just gave a deadline of March 5th, 2018 for Congress to take action and pass legislation.

DACA UPDATE Top 5 Things to Know About the Announcement That DACA Is Being Ended

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump administration, announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Here are the top five things to know about his announcement:

  1. Your DACA is valid until its expiration date. DACA and work permits (employment authorization documents) will remain valid until their expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expire, check your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your employment authorization document (EAD).
  2. No new DACA applications will be accepted. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not accept or process first-time applications for DACA after September 5, 2017.
  3. If you already have DACA and want to renew it: DACA issuances and work permits that expire between now and March 5, 2018, must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017. If you have a work permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, and you want to renew it, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017.
  4. Advance parole to travel abroad is no longer available. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through advance parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed, and DHS will refund any associated fees.
  5. We are united in this fight. You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit www.weareheretostay.org for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of yourselves in this difficult time, as well as information on what you can do to take action now.