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      The Launch of "It Rained Warm Bread" with proceeds benefiting RAICES in Bakersfield

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      October 19, 2019

      Saturday   6:00 PM

      980 Runnymede Road
      Bakersfield, California

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      The Launch of "It Rained Warm Bread" with proceeds benefiting RAICES

      Join us in celebrating the launch of “It Rained Warm Bread: Moishe Moskowitz's Story of Hope”  by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Hope Anita Smith, Illustrated by Lea Lyon. Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet relates her father’s triumphant Holocaust story through the eloquent words of award-winning poet Hope Anita Smith.  Beautifully illustrated by Lea Lyon, an accomplished children's book illustrator, this powerful novel-in-verse is a testimony of one boy’s resilience and hope during one of our darkest chapters in history. It is also a testimony to the power of standing up against hatred and cruelty.  In the spirit of fighting injustice, the authors and illustrator of “It Rained Warm Bread” would like the proceeds from this event to go to RAICES, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. Tickets are $50 per person. The event will include: Wine and Beer Light Taco and Pupusa Dinner A reading by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Hope Anita Smith (Program begins at 7:45 pm) A Silent Auction with 100% of the proceeds benefitting RAICES (6-7:45 pm) A Very Special Performance by singer and songwriter, Megan Keely Book Signing with Authors Hope Anita Smith and Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Illustrator Lea Lyon Books Will Be Available to Purchase as well! About Megan Keely: Throughout one of America’s darkest times, when hatred is not only being revealed but celebrated, artists are tasked to prevail as the freedom fighters to resist and actuate cultural healing. Megan Keely, a San Francisco-based songwriter and vocalist out on the frontlines fighting for immigration and women’s rights, transforms personal calamity into transcendent growth with her music. Recent Review of "It Rained Warm Bread" by Craig Wiesner, the owner of Reach and Teach Bookstore in San Mateo, who will be selling books at the launch.  “We must ALL understand how easy it is for people to be swept up in a fever of fear, hatred, and murder, and how important it is for all of us to resist, speak out, stand up. The seeds that were planted that resulted in six million of my Jewish siblings being killed are still being sown today and the harvest being reaped can be seen in our own headlines. Read this book and then read a newspaper. When you’re done crying, do something. Read More. About RAICES Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client.  *50% of ticket sales will go directly to RAICES. **100% of silent auction funds raised will go directly to RAICES.

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