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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GRITS – Getting Radical in the South — 2016

Yesterday, October 15, I was privileged to participate in a conversation at the law-student run conference, GRITS 2016. GRITS stands for Getting Radical in the South. Law students Elizabeth Schmelzel (on the left) and Reema Ali (on the right) organized our panel named something along the lines of “Reclaiming Radical Religion: Faith-based lawyering & activism.” […]

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“Power yields nothing without a demand”: Organize

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and […]

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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 […]

Immigration Forum, June 1, 2013

Consuelo Méndez Middle School in SE Austin hosts immigration fair & forum

  What a joy to work with energetic, dedicated immigrants, advocates, and allies who organized an immigration forum and fair at Consuelo Méndez Middle School on Saturday, June 1st. Thank you to the AISD Family Resource Center staff Leonor Vargas, José Carrasco, and Lizzy Bowen; Montserrat Garibay and Education Austin; University Leadership Initiatives (ULI) organizers Juan […]