The "Angry Tias and Abuelas": A Group Of 8 Mujeres Band Together To Help Migrants
This group of motivated madres, tías, y abuelas has been dedicating 5+ days a week to helping asylum seekers.
They just received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for their work.
It all started a year ago, according to CBS News, when one of the group's founders, Joyce Hamilton, learned that hundreds of asylum-seeking women and children were sleeping outside in 100-degree heat on the concrete walkway of the Reynosa International Bridge which connects Tamaulipas, Mexico to McAllen, Texas.
"It was quite a shocking scene," Hamilton told CBS.
Three groups where honored in with the @RFKHumanRights award for their work helping migrants and asylum seekers on the border. One of those groups was the Angry Tias & Abuelas of RGV who tell me they felt compelled to turn their anger into action #NexstarDC pic.twitter.com/N8eBuiFfLu— Alexandra Limon (@AlexLimonNews) June 6, 2019
Joyce and a group of her amigas decided to do something. The women, all mothers, aunts, and grandmothers themselves, gathered food, water, diapers, clothes, hygiene products, and more and headed out to the bridge. And they went back again the next day, and the day after that.
"Angry at the sense of injustice," the women decided to call themselves the "Angry Tias and Abuelas From The Rio Grande Valley," dedicating themselves to helping migrants at least five days a week.
Backpacks prepared with Angry Tias and Abuelas for children at the border pic.twitter.com/SME687PfTW— Mary Kohn (@Kohntributor) August 7, 2018
"The situation is happening three blocks from where I work. Three blocks from where I live. I cannot just pretend that they're not there....I can't forget it and go about my life," said Elisa Filippone who has been crossing over to Mexico six days a week for the past year with tacos and backpacks full of supplies for the asylum seekers, many of whom have been waiting for months.
"We felt that doing nothing would be complicit," she says.
Meet Elisa, an immigrant advocate who works at the border bridges and fights for the rights of immigrants from all over the world.— WITNESS (@witnessorg) June 27, 2019
Let’s celebrate her and others this month and every month.
Learn more about Angry Tias and Abuelas: https://t.co/o8ccvhaPe7 #ImmigrantHeritageMonth pic.twitter.com/B4jHRoddal
She and her fellow Tias also go to local bus stations to help migrants get to their sponsors throughout the U.S., explaining routes, answering questions, letting them know about migrant checkpoints, helping them exchange pesos, even providing them with cash and handmade packets full of information for their journey.
"When we have time, we sit down and just visit with them too," said Angry Tia Susan Law.
The dedicated little group has just received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and a $10,000 grant to help them continue to help migrants searching for a better life in the U.S.
"I'm very proud to be serving with this group of women - only women - only eight of us," said Filippone. "Women stepping up to do the job that the men who are in power should be doing."
Bien dicho y bien hecho.
To learn more, volunteer, and donate go to https://www.angrytiasandabuelas.com.
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