The NOLA Grannies Project: Assisting Asylum Seekers Travelling Through New Orleans

Horrified by the implementation of the Zero Tolerance policy, a group of grandmothers from New York decided they could not remain still or silent and coordinated a ""Granny Caravan"" from New York to McAllen, TX. About 10 grannies from New Orleans joined them.

Once the people in detention, who were legally seeking asylum but instead detained (imprisoned) and separated from loved-ones, are released, they are dropped off at a bus station, often with only the clothes on their backs and a ticket to their sponsor city. Their destinations are often hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away and they are given virtually no provisions.

When the NOLA grannies returned, they knew they had to do something to help. With advice from those in TX who are directly involved with helping these asylum seekers, the NOLA Granny group set up a program at the local Greyhound Bus Terminal to distribute ""care kits"" filled with non-perishable food, toiletries, diapers, and toys for the children. It is their hope that they can show these weary travelers that there are people here in the U.S. who truly do care.

Come join us as we assemble ""care kits"" to be distributed, and learn more from program organizers about how we can help. You do not have to be a senior or a woman to participate. All are welcome. Your donation will help cover the cost of the kits we assemble. Bring your lunch, desserts and coffee will be served. RSVP by Monday, November 5 to Rachel Ruth at 897-0143 x161 or rachel@nojcc.org.

$7 members and non-members
New Orleans JCC - Uptown

Date: November 8, 2018Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:  Show map New Orleans JCC - Uptown
5342 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Contact: Rachel RuthPhone: 504-897-0143Email: rachel@nojcc.org
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