30 Poems in November! is a literary fundraiser for the Center for New Americans, which welcomes and serves immigrants in Western Massachusetts with free English classes and a range of support services. Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 to fund these vital efforts. I will be writing one poem each day in November, and you can show your support by helping me reach my individual goal – and together our efforts will support the immigrants and refugees who benefit from the work of the Center for New Americans.
When I signed up to participate in last year's 30 Poems In November! event it was just before the election, and the rhetoric about immigrants and "bad hombres" was vitriolic and vengeful.
Things haven't gotten better, and immigrants and refugees are still vulnerable. Center for New Americans works diligently to help these newest Americans find ways to succeed and thrive in this country.
I hope you'll support my efforts - and support the Center for New Americans, too. I'm grateful for anything you can give.