Resistance Reading Fundraiser for RAICES by HanaLena Fennel & Nadia Alamah

Come out for a fundraiser event happening this Wednesday in Orange, CA. These artists have put together something quite special and if you have the opportunity, will be well worth your time.

All details below!

For questions, interviews and more contact: HanaLena Fennel   To participate virtually in this fundraiser, donate at: Facebook event link containing author bios: https:// Author webpages: Art and photos by exhibiting artist Nadia Alamah:  


THIS WEDNESDAY: Resistance Reading Fundaiser for RAICES and Open Mic

When: THIS WEDNESDAY, September 4th from 8-10pm
Where: UGLY MUG Café in Orange (261 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866) Parking is available on some streets and parking lots close to the venue Open Mic Signup begins at 7:45pm  

by Nadia Alamah

ORANGE, CA—If you’ve been following what’s happening at the border and with immigrants and refugees across the country, or have questions and want to learn more, join us this Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Ugly Mug Café from 8-10 pm for the Resistance Readings fundraiser, which will highlight performances by two featured poets, provide additional resources for information, and display a mini-bazaar of art and collected works, including those from Moon Tide Press.

Proceeds from the features, and sales of art and poetry will go towards the support of RAICES, a legal-based organization dedicated to supporting and assisting immigrants and refugees at the border. There will also be a creative open mic for all to participate in, with a cover charge of $3 which goes directly to local café The Ugly Mug, as the fundraiser is presented by the Two Idiots Peddling Poetry weekly series.

Of the two featured poets, Mexican-Indian American poet Ra Avis, will share a new poem and some from her works Dinosaur-Hearted and Sack Nasty, speaking to both her experiences as a first generation American and her time in incarceration.

“The immigrant and refugee experience, asylum seekers—when you try to get from one country to another, there is a journey and a story there. Because of language [barriers], those stories don’t always get translated. And because of systemic racism, and sexism, and all these other issues in the publishing and media world, they don’t get highlighted,” Avis said. “So people like myself who grew up in close proximity to those who came from another country, we have heard these struggles, and we know these

struggles. But all of their stories are filled with pain and grief and trauma, leaving behind everything you know, starting over on a much smaller scale.”

The other feature and event organizer, HanaLena Fennel, a Jewish-Hawaiian American poet, will be performing poetry from her book Letters to the Leader, poems published by Moon Tide in response to the numerous executive orders issued during Trump’s term in office. “I think that the best thing I can do is amplify the voice [of a refugee] if it’s there—but I can speak to my own family’s history, and to the history

of the atrocities that human beings can commit on each other, and what that looks like, and what those steps are, and how we end up in those places, and how to stop those things,” Fennel said.

Fennel’s main reasons for choosing RAICES as the main beneficiary from this fundraiser include its structural capacity and willingness to assist as many cases as possible in all demographics and age ranges. Its structure is largely impacted by location independence, as the organization can contact law offices to volunteer across the country.

“Two Idiots Peddling Poetry believes the work RAICES is doing is among the most important things any organization is doing right now. Protecting the rights of immigrants is vital to preserving who we should be as a people,” co-founder/host Ben Trigg said, when reached for comment.

Moon Tide Press founder Eric Morago also had something to say: “Moon Tide is happy and grateful to support HanaLena in her fundraising for such a noble cause,” Morago said. “It’s a privilege to get to support my authors in the work they do beyond the page.”

Fennel’s other reason for supporting RAICES through this fundraiser – that they take on as many cases as possible—also stems from her empathy derived from being a mother herself. “We have two year-olds who are expected to represent themselves as their own attorneys in immigration court without an interpreter. That’s obscene,” Fennel said. “I have children. I have toddlers. They couldn’t represent themselves answering my front door, let alone in front of a judge trying to explain why their life is in danger if they were to leave this country.”

This fundraiser is intended to raise community awareness and inspire us to take action. “I don’t like it when people speak hyperbolically, but there are currently people dying in ICE custody right now— because they’re not receiving the health care services they need,” Fennel said. “They don’t have basic hygiene, they don’t have basic care. And one of the very small things we can deal with that is to help RAICES pay somebody’s bail so they can go and pick up their kid out of these containment centers/

internment camps.”

Avis connects to what refugees and immigrants are going through given her experiences with incarceration: “I can only imagine myself that the camps are so much worse because there isn’t any kind of illusion of fairness or justice protecting you,” Avis said. “You put people in cages, you take away basic humanities, you tell them over and over again that they are not worth basic dignities, and then you expect them to be okay when you let them go, and that’s just not likely. Nor does it solve any problems. It doesn’t at all address the actual problem you locked them up for. Especially not in the case of immigration.”

There will be resources available at the fundraiser to provide more information about the border crisis and provide suggestions for ways to take action in our everyday lives. “[We want] to remind everybody in our community that we’re not alone in the face of learning all of this terrible information and that there are things we can do—in our lives, in our art, in our day-to-day communication with each other—there are ways to make sure that we are not looking away from this horror, but also not paralyzed

by it,” Fennel said.

“I want to be available to people as another resource. If they have questions, if acceptance of this is a question of ignorance, I want to make myself available for a conversation,” Avis adds. “As much as you may understand at a conscious level—how locking people up is detrimental to them and to our society—it’s much different when you’re sitting with someone who was locked up. Someone who isn’t necessarily how you imagine, doesn’t necessarily speak how you imagine, or even someone who does.”

While she is supportive of the many other events happening to support and connect community in the face of these tragedies, Fennel also encourages you to come out to this or another fundraiser to make an impact: “There’s more of an added drive. Not only do I feel like I could do something tomorrow, I know I did something today.”

To participate virtually in this fundraiser, donate at:
Want to be involved but can’t make it to the fundraiser? Here are some things you can do to make a difference:
– Write a letter to your representatives, senate, and local political officials.
– Contact your governor, who can aid in establishing sanctuary cities and preventing state level guard from being used as a resource by ICE
– Encourage your city officials to prevent local enforcement from cooperating with ICE
– Donate to an organization of your choice that you trust is doing their utmost to help refugees and immigrants who are adversely affected by this targeting
– Use your voice however you speak the loudest—through art, music, writing, conversation—to keep awareness spreading in your community
– Share posts on social media. Keep sharing. Don’t let this conversation drop.  

Wild Flower by Huda Tariq – Love Thy Neighboring Country Series


by Huda Tariq

A wild yet beautiful creature i am
Beneath the sky lies the utmost beauty of mine
Cherished happily all around with dirt she wear so perfect 
Never or forever i shall remain as calm as air
I choose to love you in silence 
For in silence i find no rejection
I loved you will all my parts 
And this part right here is delicate 
For you it may intimate or complicate
I will always love you in my own way
Hurt me or break me i will burst into glitter 
By nature’s default i am wild with affection 
For whom this piece of nature is only delight
Never back down in love i believe 
For in love we all bleed till it satisfies 
With little dirt on me with little lit inside me
I will shine high with glowing shattered pieces preserved
No one can run from the nature’s plan
For we all will live single or in a clan
Let the it all in the dirt ,air and all love
None to clarify now with blindness fold we will survive

A Word From the Artist:

I believe we all are flowers and as innocent as flowers we are supposed to be protected and cherished. but the cruel world they pluck and hurt every single flower. Flowers are meant to be spread like the fragrance of love and affection so everyone should treat those flowers with care and nourished them to their fullest rather than cutting the beauty out of the world. we should grow more of them in order to make this world a beautiful yet peaceful place to be but when will we understand that poor us shedding the beauty with our own dirty hands…..

Love Thy Neighboring Country Series

This series is an expression of love for people from every country. It is from the hearts and minds of artist to show the good in the world through their personal mediums.

This series is also a peaceful protest against the inhumane treatment of immigrants and refugees here in the U.S. It is asking that every person, no matter their race, be treated with respect, that children not be torn from their families, that no more people die from our negligent care.

This is not a cry to take side with a political party. It’s a cry that no matter your party, you use your voice to protect basic human rights for every person.

This is not a call to a religion. It’s a cry that no matter your religion, to call upon the part of your belief that reaches out to the poor and the suffering. To not let fear stop you from showing love and compassion to these families.

People are people no matter who we are or where we go. We are full of emotions, of traditions, of expectations. We want to be safe and provide a good life for our kids. Overall, we are all just looking to be loved and know that we belong. No race is free from the human condition, and the more we share with each other, the more we can find the peace and joy in how similar we are.

We get to choose what we will send into the world. We can choose to send fear, or hatred, or lack of care to those in need, or we can choose to send them love and acceptance. Join me in celebrating diversity and choosing to find more ways to love our neighboring countries.

If you would like to participate in this series, please email for submission guidelines.

Why Must We Love?

by Mia Savant

Why must we share?
Because it never belonged to us in the first place
No matter how sweetly we paint history
It never changes what was stolen

Because we did not choose our origin
Yet we don’t appreciate what we have
When we are too caught up with fear of loss

Why must we love?
Because building a palace means nothing if it cannot be shared

Because greatness comes not from wealth but from hearts
And hearts don’t operate with coins
And hearts don’t thrive on other people’s suffering
And hearts don’t bleed because of skin color or origin
They bleed from the tears of children
From the wailings of injustice
From the emptiness of a human being treated like a disease
A disease that must be vanquished from our premises and sent back to the jungle where it can infect the land that we don’t care about because we can’t see it

Why must we love?
Why must we love?
Because they are us
and we are them
What we do to them
We do to ourselves

Love Thy Neighbor -ing Country/Call For Submission

Calling for submissions of art in all forms: Poetry, songs, video links, pictures, paintings, etc.

In this series, I am joining together people’s art as a form of peaceful protest against the recent attack on immigrants and refugees in the U.S. I want to combat the inhumane treatment and hateful speech by creating a space where people can express the greatness that comes from loving other countries and cultures. People are people no matter which country they come from and all deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.

Together, let’s make the sounds of love cry out so loudly that the hate cannot be heard in its midst.

Submissions ~

Subject: Art in regards to protests against the recent inhumane treatment of refugees in the U.S., fighting against racism, embracing immigrants, and finding the love and joy in surrounding countries and cultures.

About your Art: Please include a brief summary as to the meaning behind your submission or what is on your heart about the subject.

Picture: Please submit a picture of yourself or one that represents your work.

Links: Lastly, if you have any links that you would like to be shared, feel free to include any social media or website links to be attached to your feature.

Submit To~

Mia Savant – Please type: ‘Love Thy Neighbor-ing Country Submission’ in the subject line.


I intend for this to be an ongoing series, so as of right now, no deadline is set.