Austin coffee shops are collecting donations to help support families affected by president Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy this weekend. All locations of Texas mini-chain Houndstooth Coffee (there are three cafes in Austin) and Fleet Coffee Co. are participating in coffee publication’s nationwide campaign to raise money supporting the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project.
Houndstooth is donating one dollar from every drink sold from Friday, June 22 through Saturday, June 23, to the fundraiser. All locations will also collect additional donations and match the up-to $5,000 raised, for a total goal of donating $10,000.
Fleet is donating 20 percent of its sales from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24.
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project works to connect and offer support and legal aid to refugee families. The zero tolerance policy had separated children from parents, but the president recently signed a new executive order that took back that position, allowing families to stay together in detention centers. However, there are still 2,300 children separated from their families currently.
Over in Houston, Benjy’s in the Village is collecting donated goods for children in those detention centers
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