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  • July 21, 2011
  • 5:48 pm

An Appeal for Border Justice

One of my proudest moments at IPS (not that I had anything to do with it!) was when 3 IPS students formed the White Rose Catholic Worker House a couple of years ago.  Their community has grown, and their commitment to living and teaching Social Justice has been without boundaries.  As a matter of fact, they are looking for a bigger place in the Rogers Park neighborhood, so if any of you know of a big old house or apartment (building) that is becoming available (at little or no cost), please contact The White Rose Catholic Worker at the e-mail address or phone number listed below.

In the meantime I received the following notice from our friends just this morning.  Please help in anyway you can. 


An Appeal for Border Justice

As many of you know, immigration and border policy are in need of drastic reform. Since 1994, over 6,000 people have died attempting to cross into the United States to re-join their families or to escape extreme poverty by looking for work. For the past three years, I’ve worked with No More Deaths – a Tucson, AZ-based community that provides life-saving humanitarian aid to undocumented migrants.

We are in need of medical supplies and funds to continue the works of mercy of providing drink to the thirsty and food to the hungry. In August, Marcy and I (Jake Olzen) will be driving from Chicago to Tucson with a load of medical donations. We are looking for more help.

So, if you are able to, please consider helping us by:

  • Donating Medical Supplies (We have some very specific needs, so please see the list below of what we need)
  • Making a financial contribution to the White Rose Catholic Worker to help defray our transportation and volunteering costs (checks can be made to “White Rose Catholic Worker”).
  • Organizing an education event about what’s happening on the U.S.-Mexico border or what challenges undocumented people face in their daily lives (contact the White Rose for more info or for speakers)
  • Pray for the revolution of hearts for a more just and humane immigration/border policy
  • Join in one of the Friday morning vigils at the immigrant detention center in downtown Chicago.

Thank you for considering this appeal. We know the economic times are tough and the needs of our sisters and brothers continue to grow, but like the poor woman who gave her two coins, little by little we can make the world a better, saner place.

We leave the week of August 6, so please be in touch by August 1 if you have donations. We can pick them up.

No More Deaths Medical Needs

1. One-time use ice packs (the kind you smash with your hands) This is a great need we have right now as we can’t seem to find any from our usual sources
2. Individual dose packs of Tylenol (acetominophen), bismuth tablets (not the liquid)
3. Glucometers with directions and appropriate “in-date” testing strips (for testing blood sugars for the many diabetics we encounter).
4. Lancets for testing blood sugar
5. Individual sunscreen packets/ tubes
6. Individual Biofreeze packets/ tubes or other kinds of muscle ache creams.
7. Natural Tears Eye Drops or any other type for dry eyes
8. Individual one-use packets of triple antibiotic ointment or regular size tubes if the individuals packets are not available
9. Cold medications(non-drowsy kind)
10. Anti-acids(Tums or a less expensive brand)
11. Ace wraps–2 inch and 3 inch

Marcy and Jake
White Rose Catholic Worker
2127 W. Devon
Chicago, IL 60659