Editor’s Note: Doing something is better than doing nothing.

In five-plus years writing this weekly note, I have only written a handful of times about political issues because…‘we’re on vacation we don’t want to talk about tough news stories.’ I understand that and respect the premise, but I am also of the opinion that all of life is political and insisting on ‘No politics!’ does nothing to stop what continues to swirl around us, every day. That we can ignore the plight of so many, only speaks to our privilege. Of course, it’s okay to sit back, relax and enjoy another margarita, but it’s also okay to take action.

“What can I do?” someone asked me the other day. I know many of us are watching what is unfolding on the world’s stage with horror, feeling that there is not much we can do from here. But like in all times of trouble the good rise to the occasion and thousands are working to help the families affected. Rather than despair that we are too far removed, I took a moment to do a little checking, and I found a fairly inclusive list of people and organizations across the US and into Mexico that are doing what they can to help the families affected which you can find on page seven this week. Below, you can find all the links already loaded, making it even easier for you to take action.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good (people) do nothing.”  Edmund Burke

Take a moment, maybe make another margarita while you donate, write a letter or join a campaign. Then take out your calendar and plan for all the live music and events that we have compiled here for you today. Despite it being mid-June there are still dozens of things happening in Vallarta and north through Banderas Bay.

Be kind.

Safe travels,

Madeline

Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border

Lawyers, translators, donations, protest.

If you’re horrified by news of families being separated at the borders, here’s a bit of news you can use even if you’re in Mexico.

First, the policy: It helps to be incredibly clear on what the law is, and what has and has not changed. There are two different policies in play, and both are new.

First is the new policy that any migrant family entering the U.S. without a border inspection will be prosecuted for this minor misdemeanor. The parents get incarcerated and that leaves children to be warehoused. The parents then typically plead guilty to the misdemeanor and are given a sentence of the few days they served waiting for trial. But then when the parents try to reunite with their children, they are given the runaround—and possibly even deported, alone. The children are left in HHS custody, often without family.

Second is a new and apparently unwritten policy that even when the family presents themselves at a border-entry location, seeking asylum—that is, even when the family is complying in all respects with immigration law—the government is snatching the children away from their parents. Here, the government’s excuse seems to be that they want to keep the parents in jail-like immigration detention for a long time, while their asylum cases are adjudicated. The long-standing civil rights case known as Flores dictates that they aren’t allowed to keep kids in that kind of detention, so the Trump administration says they have to break up the families. They do not have to break up families—it is the government’s new choice to jail people with credible asylum claims who haven’t violated any laws that is leading to the heartbreaking separations you’ve been reading about.

Next: Which groups to support. All links to these organizations can be found at www.vallartatribune.com

Original: Slate.com

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Living in Mexico full time since 2011, Madeline is a graphic designer, writer, iPhone photographer and road tripper.