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 […]

women organizing riniart.org

“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 […]

Karnes City ICE lock-ups

How to obtain bond for a refugee or immigrant detained in Karnes City

ICE and GEO, a private, for-profit corporation, are currently holding 500 refugee women and children against their will in a jail (“residential center”) in Karnes County, about two hours southeast of Austin, or about an hour east of San Antonio. The facility held men until this summer, when it was converted to a “family” “residential” […]

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 […]

Photograph that reads ICE/IMMIGRATION COURT WITH AN ARROW POINTING TO ENTRANCE

“Due process” for immigrants who are “detained”

I have the sickening feeling that very few people understand what “due process” translates into when we are talking about immigrants who are “detained” (locked up, imprisoned, incarcerated) in ICE “detention facilities” (jails, prisons). I’ve added a page to this website with a little bit of information. Where I link to a different page — […]

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 […]

Antoinette Tuff

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 […]