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Fredy Mencia had a small victory on Friday
The hard work to keep Fredy Mencia here in Ypsilanti with his family had a small victory on Friday. A team of advocates from the Ypsilanti church and the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights made another trip to Detroit Immigration and Customs Enforcement in support of Mr. Mencia; he was granted a delay in his deportation until July 15th. WICIR and his attorney are working hard to get a more permanent solution for him and his family. This will require considerably more legal work. In order to pursue options that would resolve the impending separation of Fredy from his wife and children and return him to violelnce in Honduras, WICIR is working to raise funds to help him offset his legal expenses. He was required to take a leave of absence from the job he has held for 15 years. It is imperative that we raise the necessary funds to mount this next effort on his behalf. You can help in several ways: 1. Contribute to his legal defense fund 2. Blast out to your contact the information about Fredy and how to assist 3. Watch for updates. It may be necessary to begin telephoniing people on his behalf. It may be necessary to rally in support of the family. There may be other needs. Any help that we can give to support these legal fees is of course appreciated. Then forward this link to everyone you know. Help keep Fredy here. Our community needs him. Fredy's story: Fredy has been in the U.S. for over 15 years. He is married: he and his wife have three children, ages 13, 5, 3, all of whom were born in the U.S. Fredy has no criminal record and has held the same job since he came to the U.S. He is a devoted husband and loving father; well-respected by all who know him and has established strong ties to our community by serving as a local church leader for over a decade. Please help us keep this family together. Any help that we can give to support these legal fees is of course appreciated

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Immigration Ministry (WICIR)
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Michigan Open & Affirming Coalition
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Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition (WEROC)
"First Congregational is a co-founding institution of the new local “organization of organizations” WeROC (Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition). In many ways, WeROC is a larger illustration of the values and mission we try to live out at First Congregational. The diverse faith congregations and labor and community organizations that make up WeROC are, at our core, focused on intentionally reweaving the frayed fabric of community -- at a time when forces are at work every day to keep us fragmented, suspicious of each other, feeling isolated and on our own. We are showing by example that people from many backgrounds and perspectives can, even today, come together in powerful ways around our common values and actually change unjust public policies. WeROC is a part of the S.E. Michigan organization MOSES and the national Gamaliel Foundation. See Tad Wysor (tadwysor@gmail.com, 734 883 3225) for more on how First Congregational is connecting with current WeROC issues and actions.