EVENT DATE: Aug 19, 2017
Hello, everybody, family and friends and allies and beautiful folks from everywhere....
If you know us, it will not surprise you that we met in Chicago many years ago through organizing for social justice. We do not remember which event, forum, conference or rally, but we would cross paths many more times over the years, and admire from afar each other's work for the greater GOOD. We finally fell in love after dancing together at a house party that Jesse threw with friends in honor of the late, great Prince.
We consider ourselves some of the luckiest people on earth and hope to pay that forward. Since we are long grown and do not need new appliances, instead of registering for gifts, if you like, we ask that you give in a different way. We created a honeymoon fund and you can give there (go back to theknot.com), or you can donate to some of our favorite groups. Nothing would make us happier than for you to learn about and support some of the organizations that we work with and love. If you prefer to make a donation offline you may bring cash or a check to the reception, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we can help. Please look below, pick the organization(s) you like and donate away! We get a message and a dose of happiness with each and every donation.
THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY BOND FUND (CCBF) is a revolving fund that will pay bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, engage in education about the role of bond in the criminal legal system, and advocate for the abolition of money bond. CCBF supports individuals whose communities have been impacted by structural violence and whose bonds are completely out of proportion with their ability to pay. We are committed to building long-term relationships and organizing with people most directly impacted by criminalization and policing: people of color, especially Black people, and the poor.
THE NATIONAL BORICUA HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK (NBHRN) is an organization composed of Puerto Ricans in the US and their supporters that educates and mobilizes the Puerto Rican community, the broader Latin American community, and other people of conscience regarding issues of justice, peace and human rights. Our priorities include: (1) The decontamination, development, and return of the island of Vieques to its people; (2) The release of the remaining Puerto Rican political prisoners; (3) An end to the continuing political repression and criminalization of progressive sectors of the Puerto Rican community. (The link will indicate that at the moment the fiscal sponsor of NBHRN is the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.)
ORGANIZED COMMUNITIES AGAINST DEPORTATIONS (OCAD) is a Chicago community based organization that organizes against unfair and inhumane immigration enforcement practices that impact immigrant communities. They fight case by case, person by person, at the same time that they work to change the implementation and enforcement practices that criminalize our community. OCAD emerged from the work by the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) and is committed to continuing the principles of the organization of leadership of those directly affected by the policies we seek to change and the continuation of organizing the undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic. (The link will indicate that at the moment the fiscal sponsor of OCAD is the 8th Day Center for Justice.)