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El Rio: Free Alejandra Happy Hour & Raffle!
March 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Alejandra is a 22 year-old queer woman from El Salvador who fled persecution due to her sexual orientation. We are fundraising to post her bond of $20,000 and get her out of detention!!!!
Please join us Friday, March 15th from 4-6pm at El Rio! All proceeds from the bar will go to Alejandra’s bond. You can buy raffle tickets at El Rio, or online (see instructions below).
**We’ll actually be at El Rio from 3-9! But please come between 4-6pm if you can, because all of the proceeds from the bar during that time will be donated to the fundraiser.**
Our Raffle IS CURRENTLY GOING ON, IF YOU DONATE NOW, YOU CAN ENTER TO WIN THE PRIZES LISTED BELOW:
Our raffle is online, and will end at midnight on 3/15. We have some amazing prizes, with something for everyone, so please share far and wide!
Here’s how to buy tickets:
1. Donate at gofundme.com/Free-Alejandra or Venmo @ Free-Alejandra.
2. Put in the comment which pool you are buying a ticket for (Divine/Art/Bay/Tattoo).
3.Tickets are $10 each, $25/3, and $40/5.
✿ Tarot reading from Antheus Design @Antheus
✿ Astrology and Storytelling book by Alice Sparkly Kat @Alicesparklykat
✿ Tarot reading from Marcus Ewert, over 20 years of experience!
✮Beautiful + original origami made by Alejandra in detention
✮A set of mugs from Killdeer Pottery @killdeerpottery
✮T-shirt from Arthur/Katrina @Rot_Radio
✮Justseeds People’s History Portfolio- A collection of prints from the artists justseeds
✮Copy of Jenny Zhang’s book: American Like Me
✮T-shirt from Horrorchata @horrorchatanyc
❁Gift certificate to Tartine, delicious local bakery! @tartinebakery
❁Evening for 1-4 people in a private hot tub in a Mission backyard. Towels & champagne included!
❁Local bouquet from Bouquet of the Day, delivered anywhere in the Bay Area @bouquettoday
❁$25 gift certificate, Book Lover tote bag, & copy of ‘There There’ from Dog Eared Books, beloved Mission bookstore! http://www.dogearedbooks.com/
☉Flash tattoo from Pio Poke, hand-poked tattoo artist extraordinaire @pio.poke
Alejandra has been so moved to hear of all of the support she is getting. Thank you again for being part of it! Also, check out this article from Colorado that hosted a fundraising brunch for Alejandra!
Let’s get Alejandra out of detention and with her loving community!
— Free Alejandra —
Alejandra is a 22 year-old queer woman from El Salvador who fled persecution due to her sexual orientation. She came to the US seeking asylum and has been incarcerated in a for-profit detention center in Arizona since she arrived.
A judge has set Alejandra’s bond at $20,000 and we are trying to help her raise that amount. If we aren’t able to raise the full amount, she’ll have to take a loan with an exploitative company that will also make her pay an additional $500/month for an ankle monitor (money that she’ll never get back). It’s not just a crazy extortion scheme, it also means that if she can’t meet the nearly impossible conditions, they can detain her again.
Judges in Arizona give some of the highest bond amounts in the country, literally holding people hostage until they are either able to pay, take an exploitative loan, or give up and agree to deportation.
Alejandra is funny, outgoing, romantic, and just like any other human being, doesn’t deserve to be in a cage. We met Alejandra as volunteers with Mariposas sin Fronteras, an organization that supports LGBTQ immigrants and fights against immigration detention. I feel lucky to have gotten to know Alejandra and to see how much she continues to fight to keep up her spirits and the spirits of the women she is detained with.
If we are able to raise the full amount and post Alejandra’s bond, that money will be returned once her court case is completed. This means that eventually, we’d be able to give the money to another person who needs bond.
Let’s get Alejandra out of detention and reunited with her aunt and a community full of love in Colorado!!!