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Online campaign aids mother seeking sanctuary | Manhattan Times

An online crowd-funding campaign has been launched to help pay legal fees for Amanda Morales-Guerra, the Guatemalan immigrant seeking refuge from deportation in a Washington Heights church.

Morales-Guerra and her three young children took sanctuary at Holyrood Church on August 17 after being told by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials that she would be deported back to her native Guatemala, which she fled in 2004.

Holyrood officials have joined with the New Sanctuary Coalition to protect her.

New Sanctuary Coalition’s new crowdsourcing page seeks to raise $50,000 to assist legal case for Morales-Guerra and other immigrants targeted for deportation. The campaign raised over $5,000 in the first few days.

Read more: Online campaign aids mother seeking sanctuary | Manhattan Times

Support Here: Support Amanda Morales-Guerrera and the Due Process Fund

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Guatemalan Mother Spends 1st Month in Church ‘Living in Agony’ | Voices of NY

Request Denied | Manhattan Times

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Guatemalan Mother Spends 1st Month in Church ‘Living in Agony’ | Voices of NY

By Edwin Martínez – Source: El Diario/La Prensa | Translated by K. Casiano from Spanish Original story

Amanda Morales-Guerra, with her son David, at Holyrood Church, has spent one month in sanctuary to request a solution to her immigration situation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Amanda Morales-Guerra, with her son David, at Holyrood Church, has spent one month in sanctuary to request a solution to her immigration situation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

On Sunday, Amanda Morales-Guerra, the Guatemalan mother who decided to take shelter in Washington Heights’ Holyrood Church with her three children to avoid deportation, marked one month of being locked inside the temple. Political and religious leaders, activists and her attorneys continue to fight to try to persuade immigration authorities to reconsider their refusal to reopen the Central American-born immigrant’s case, but she is beginning to lose patience.

The 33-year-old admitted this to El Diario, and once again called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to give her a chance to stay in the country where she has lived for the last 14 years and where her three children – Dulce, 10, Daniela, 7, and David, 2 – were born.

“This month has been really hard for me. I am honestly desperate from being in here. I walk up and down the church all day praying to God to give me hope, because I am not sure how much longer I will be able to take this,” she said, afflicted. “Please, I ask immigration to reopen my case and see that I am not a criminal, because I want to feel free again and give my children their freedom back as well.”

Read more: Guatemalan Mother Spends 1st Month in Church ‘Living in Agony’ | Voices of NY

Related:

Request Denied | Manhattan Times

First refuge, now small reprieve | Manhattan Times

Told to Go Back to Guatemala, She Sought Sanctuary Instead | NY Times

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09/23/17: Women with Wings Brunch Reception

An Exhibition of site-specific outdoor works by Andrea Arroyo.
Maggie’s Garden & Friendship Garden – Harlem NYC
BRUNCH RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 11AM-1PM
Maggie’s Garden, 564 W 149th St.
Free and open to the public, light brunch provided.
EXHIBIT ON VIEW THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2017.

New York Restoration Project (NYRP), is pleased to present “Women With Wings” an exhibition of site-specific, outdoor works created by award-winning artist Andrea Arroyo.

This exhibition aims to reactivate each garden with Arroyo’s lyrical works, taking art outside the museum realm and making it available to the public in unexpected locations. The works in the exhibit are inspired by women from historical and contemporary New York and by the City’s natural landscape and history.

Each piece, executed in mixed media and repurposed materials, is integrated within the natural environment of plants, grass and other elements of each individual garden. With “Women With Wings” Arroyo creates a multi-level conversation, bridging local culture and history and connecting the experience of women past and present.

“Women With Wings” is an homage to New York women, from Native Lenape women, to historic and contemporary immigrants who make Manhattan a most vibrant community today.

Arroyo has been exploring notions of identity, gender, class and social justice throughout her career. For the artist, the struggles of the women in history mirror the struggles of women in contemporary society, who defy social norms and prejudice in order to achieve their goals.

“Women With Wings” will be on view through October 31st, at the following locations:

Maggie’s Garden: 564 West 149th St. & Friendship Garden: 499 W. 150th St

FOR UPDATES AND GALLERY HOURS PLEASE VISIT WWW.ANDREAARROYO.COM

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09/23/17: Danza Highbridge Festival

The Danza Highbridge Festival is UPCA’s annual dance festival in the drained swimming pool at Highbridge Park, celebrating traditional and cultural dance styles. Featuring works by:

September 23 | Doors: 4pm | Show: 5pm  | FREE but RSVP | Highbridge Park

Related: Danza Debuts: A Q&A With Cassie Nordgren

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Center Opens First LGBTQ Haven in Washington Heights | The Uptowner

by Deanna Hirsch

(Photo: Briana E. Heard)

Ka’Trina Marshall moved to New York City six months ago after being kicked out of her mother’s house in Atlanta.

A homeless, HIV positive, transgender woman, she relied on new friends and temporary shelters for survival. Then she met a worker on the street from the Dominican Women‘s Development Center who offered her a haven.

“You’d be surprised how much being clean and being able to eat does for you,” said Marshall, 21. “How do you choose between a meal and a shower? Now, I don’t have to.”

The Center, seeing a rise in the number of transgender women like Marshall coming into its former location on West 189th Street, has now expanded into the basement offices of Holyrood Church, making it the first LGBTQ drop-in center for homeless youth in Washington Heights.

Read more: Center Opens First LGBTQ Haven in Washington Heights | The Uptowner

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