Free Javi!

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This is to all the friends, co-workers, and professional acquaintances of Javier Valadez.

This Wednesday night at 10pm at the Free Man Cajun Cafe we will have an event to help support Javi.

If you haven't heard, Javi was picked up last Wednesday at his house by Immigration (ICE). They are currently holding him at the Johnson Detention Center.

If you are invited to this event you know Javi, you know that he is a very talented, intelligent, and hardworking individual who is an absolute asset to his community.

Javi was brought to the US as an undocumented immigrant when he was 12 years old by his parents, he has spent the last 15 years of his life in the US. I met him as a teenager in high school. He is far more connected to this country than he is to his country of origin.

Do your part to help Javi get released and sent back home to his beautiful family.

Since Javi is in detention his income has stopped, he has likely lost his job and also now been forced to lose all credit for this semester of his engineering degree. Meanwhile his legal costs are mounting in addition to his regular financial obligations.

We are hosting this event to help him and Cassandra manage the legal fees and to raise the resources necessary to ensure Javi can come back home.

The Free Man Cajun Cafe is located at 2626 Commerce St in Deep Ellum. There will be live music there until 2am. The band will be donating their pay to Javi that night, and any tips they receive from the audience will be donated as well.

Direct donations will also be accepted in the form of cash or check.

We have a gofundme page here if you can't make the event, or prefer to donate online:

In addition, Cassandra is collecting letters to submit to the court pleading for him to stay in the US.

If you'd like to help save Javi from being deported, please email the letter to by Sunday with the following template:

"I, (First and last name), a citizen of the United States of America, born on (birthday), residing at (address), plead for Fernando Valadez Martinez to stay in the United States because..."

For example:

"I, Stephen Ketner, a citizen of the United States of America, born on January 26, 1988, residing at 6126 Averill Way 107w, Dallas, TX 75225, plead for Fernando Javier Valadez Martinez to stay in the United States because he is an asset to his family, friends, community, and this country."

Thank you all so much!
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