How to Help: The Last Sip, Episode Nine, June 10
Immigration, Detention, and Family Separation
First, Imara talks immigration policy with Jorge Rivas, National Affairs Correspondent at Splinter News. Jorge explains why the Splinter newsroom doesn't use the word "dreamer" to describe undocumented youth, how a human rights crisis is unfolding at the border, and reports of some detainees in private facilities being forced to work for low or no pay.
Want to impact what's happening at the border?
Sign this petition calling on the Trump Administration to immediately end its practice of tearing immigrant kids away from their parents.
Or if you have a couple more minutes, call Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (202.282.8000) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (202.353.1555) to urge them to keep families together. The ACLU has a helpful script you can use.
Also: connect with and support United We Dream, Define American, Reform Immigration for America, International Refugee Assistance Project, National Immigration Law Center, and many other groups working to stop the separation of families.
Diversity in Technology
Check out Princess's recent article in Vice's Broadly, "Women of Color are Using VR to Imagine a More Inclusive World". One of the initiatives she profiles is Hyphen-Labs' work "to create an empathetic, digital environment centering black female experience." You can learn more here about Hyphen-Labs and their international team of women of color working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future.
Want to help promote diversity in the tech sector?
The Black Travel Movement
Black travelers spend more than $50 billion going to new places and seeing new things (in the words of Imara, "like Kanye in Wyoming" :)
Imara talks travel with Renee Jackson, President of Ladybug Media, who took a year off to travel the world.
Women and Philanthropy
Only 7 cents of every philanthropic dollar go to programs that support women and girls.
Imara interviews Ana Oliveira, President & CEO of the New York Women's Foundation, about diversity in philanthropy, how foundations make funding decisions, and the New York Women's Foundation's recent announcement of its major investment in Tarana Burke's "me too. movement", which was founded a decade before the hashtag went viral.
In Ana's words: "[Tarana Burke] is an incredible leader who is a Black woman, who was not seen in her leadership and her work 10 years ago. Imagine where the world could be now if that had happened."
Check out lots more ways to do something about the day's news on How to Help's main page.