IMPORTANT: We are currently reworking our online donation system. If you would like to donate to help with Loida’s bill, please e-mail us and we will accept money directly. Thank you.

Photo by Esteban Ginocchio

As those of you who have been with us since the strike know, Loida went to the hospital with symptoms of heat stroke and dehydration, which along with some serious security issues, prompted the end of the strike. As soon as she appeared ill, we took her to the emergency room in hopes of saving her life.

Loida doesn’t have health insurance, but we weren’t worried about that then. We wanted to keep our friend alive, no matter the cost. That cost ended up being $4135.78, which is steep by any standards, but is especially difficult for a student that is also ineligible for financial aid and has to pay out-of-state tuition. She’ll soon be off to UNC-Asheville, where she’ll continue her education and her fight for the DREAM Act.

As much as the anti-immigrant crowd likes to claim that they paid for Loida’s visit to the Emergency Room (see these comments), they can rest assured that they didn’t pay a dime. They might have been able to complain if we had a single-payer healthcare system, but we don’t, so there.

The bill will be paid for, in full, by Loida and those who decide to help her pay for it. If you would like to be one of those that do, come meet us for a lovely Peruvian dinner this Sunday, August 15 in Chapel Hill, NC cooked by the Ginocchio-Silva family. We are asking for a $10 (or more) donation, which you get you a plate of ceviche, a tamal, alfajores, chicha morada and an evening of music, community, friendship and furthering the cause of immigrant rights.

Please RSVP here on Facebook or e-mail us at The address is 816 Jean Court, Chapel Hill, NC. We hope to see you there.