If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you might have caught my quick Black Friday sale last month: 25% off samples in my shop, with 50% of the proceeds donated to RAICES Texas. And if you made a purchase during the sale, thank you so much! All of the samples have been shipped, and a donation has been made in your honor.
Since that sale just a few weeks ago, though, more horrifying new has come in from the border. Customs and Border Patrol are limiting the number of people who can apply for asylum daily, if not outright turning them away, despite the fact that preventing anyone from applying for asylum is a violation of domestic and international law. Asylum seekers, including children, are being made to wait weeks or months in migrant shelters for an opportunity to petition for asylum. And the Trump administration has been found to still be separating parents from children at the border, despite the court order demanding it stop.
For Christians, this is the season of giving. But we’re watching our government turn away people in need—launching tear fgas, shooting rubber bullets, violating the law to keep them out, and ripping away their children when we do let them in.
RAICES is working on the ground with immigrant communities along the Texas border, advocating for asylum-seekers and providing free legal counsel and representation to ensure that immigrants’ rights are not violated. Their work is as important as ever.
In light of this situation, I will be extending this fundraiser throughout the month of December. A number of samples are up for sale in my shop, and 50% of every sale will go to RAICES, through December 31. If you’re running out of time to knit gifts yourself, or perhaps know someone who’s not crafty but would like to give handmade gifts this season, this is an opportunity to shop small and support a good cause. I hope you’ll check it out.
Final note: I know we knitters cannot possibly agree on every issue, but I am not posting this as an invitation to debate. I am entitled to my beliefs, and you are likewise entitled to disagree and take your business elsewhere. Any inflammatory comments will be removed.