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Common photographed at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. 

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Just like you can count on Americans to open up their wallets in a time of national crisis or natural disaster, the same appears to be true during this period of manufactured trauma created by the Trump administration's family separation policy.

With more than 2,300 undocumented immigrant children split from their parents over the past month due to the White House's widely criticized "zero tolerance" immigration policy, the artistic community is stepping up to do its part to raise funds for the impacted families.

Jack White's Third Man Records announced on Wednesday (June 20) that anyone visiting its Nashville and Detroit stores with proof of their $50 donation to RAICES will score free, limited-edition vinyl swag from the label. 

Folk icon John Prine's Oh Boy Records is also offering to do their part by donating $15 for every LP and $5 for every CD version sold of Prine's first new album in 13 years, The Tree of Forgiveness, sold on the label's website through June 30 to the RAICES Family Reunification Bond Fund.

Bleachers' Jack Antonoff said he was feeling "very helpless," but knows that donating to good causes can alleviate some of that emptiness, so he promised to match donations up to $10,000 to the Actblue fundraiser to Support Kids at the Border. The National's Aaron Dessner has also encouraged donations to that organization,  as did CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry.

Calling the criminalization and separation of immigrant families "inhumane, cruel and unacceptable," Common pointed to five concrete actions his followers could take to fight against the government-sanctioned rending of undocumented immigrants at the border.

Thursday was Don't Think Twice comedian Mike Birbiglia's birthday, but instead of gifts he encouraged his Twitter followers to kick in some money to RAICES.

The casts of the One Day at a Time reboot and Vida also got together to encourage fans to donate to the RAICES Family Reunification and Bond Fund, which at press time had raised $5.2 million of its $6.5 million goal.

 

#Repost @vidawriters ・・・ In just 6 weeks, upon being detained at the border, 1,995 children have been separated from their families and now a tent city has cropped up in Texas built to detain immigrant children. We have to do something. The #vidawriters Room challenges @gloriakellett and the @odaatnetflix Writers Room to take the #OneVidaAtATime Challenge to #keepfamiliestogether & #endfamilyseparation by donating to @raicestexas to directly support legal services for detained separated families, including providing bonds to get parents released from detention so they can re-unite with their children. Will you do it? HERE'S WHAT TO DO: -COLLECTION: Collect donations (any amount will do) from your show’s writers and support staff -- and -- Get your parent company to match that amount. -DONATE: Make the donation to https://actionnetwork.org/ fundraising/bondfund -POST YOUR CHALLENGE: Post a video or pic of your writers room/staff holding up signs that say either #keepfamiliestogether and/or #endfamilyseparation, challenging another TV writers room.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, by late Wednesday, the Twitter accounts for Legends of Tomorrow ,Grand HotelRiverdaleOn My Block, and Marlon had also joined in the cause, while Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom joined the growing list of TV writers and casts taking a stand against family separation, urging her followers to donate to the Action Network RAICES fundraiser.

Finally, one of largest efforts to date began as a modest attempt not from an artist, but by a couple named Charlotte and Dave Willner, who intended to raise $1,500 to help an immigrant family raise money to post bond. After seeing the now-infamous picture of a 2 year-old Honduran girl crying while her mother was being questioned near the U.S.-Mexican border, the couple kicked off the Facebook funding push, which according to NPR has raised more than $17 million so far for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the Texas nonprofit that helps provide free legal support for immigrants. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is also encouraging FBers to donate to RAICES and the Texas Civil Rights Project, noting in a post on Tuesday (June 19) that he has already done so.

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