Mural at Maplewood Elementary School, Austin, Texas

Victoria Rossi on the Meanings of Sanctuary

The terms “sanctuary” and “sanctuary movement” are bandied about with reverence and respect….. or disgust and fury.  As I write, Austin is experiencing ferocious retaliation from the Texas Governor, Texas Legislature, and ICE, for supposedly being a “sanctuary city.”  But what does that even mean? Victoria Rossi has written a beautiful, clear, and helpful analysis […]

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“Estamos detenidas en Karnes tenemos tres hijos…”

Until today, I was mostly getting phone calls from women in Karnes and from family members around the country; texts from family members in Honduras. Today at 12:30, I received this e-mail: Estamos detenidas en Karnes tenemos tres hijos cada una y tenemos tres meses de estar detenidas, teniamos abogados pero nos dejaron el caso […]

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National Security Threat

Read the the material that ICE lawyers present in immigration court to support its argument that the refugees — specifically the women and children — fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since June pose a “national security threat” to the United States. Read it and weep. ICE Bond Packet

Cacti and yucca Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

First they came. .

First they came for the “welfare queens” and I did not speak up, because I am not a “welfare queen” Then they came for the “habitual offenders” and I did not speak up, because I am not a “habitual offender” Then they came for the “sexual predators” and I did not speak up, because I […]

Black and white drawing of three children by artist and activist Rini Templeton. Read about her at riniart.org.

Volunteer to assist refugee and immigrant children with legal advocacy

In times of crisis and despair, we witness both the best and worst of people.  People read and hear about the thousands of Central American children desperate enough to make a treacherous journey to the U.S. and ask, “How can I help?”  If you are able to volunteer or donate funds, you may want to […]

Children painting.  Photo by Joseph Raymond Kolker, Buenos Aires, 2009.

Central American children: what is to be done? — Jennifer Harbury

1. DEMAND TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS, or TPS for Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans (at least the most violent Mexican border- states), and Salvadorans. This is a clean, simple, and tested solution.  Although imperfect, it will serve as a “cease fire” while better solutions are worked through. It will also respond to the current demands to just send […]

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Imagine living like Antoinette Tuff

I can’t sleep tonight, thinking about Antoinette Tuff. What do I learn from her? Certainly not how to “handle” or “deal with” or “manage” or, much less, “confront” a distraught man with guns and ammunition ready to kill a lot of people including himself. In the first place, I don’t expect to ever be in […]

Artificial tears:  one of the final possessions of person executed by the State of Texas

“a sense of the monstrosity of injustice”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote in 1962 that many people favor the idea of justice in the abstract, but praise of the ideal is not nearly enough. “That justice is a good thing, a fine goal, even a supreme ideal, is commonly accepted. What is lacking is a sense of the monstrosity of injustice…Justice..is not […]