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.” […]

ICE & GEO breaking more laws than we knew

All children in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, are entitled to a free public education on the same basis as other kids, even if they are locked up.  But at the Karnes family detention center, the school is on the second floor, and since there’s no elevator, completely inaccessible to kids with mobility impairments. […]

Resolution to release women & children; end ICE’s no-release policy

photo by Virginia Raymond, touched up by Omar Figueredo; art by Rini Templeton Please read this resolution, sign it as yourself, and — far more importantly — take it to the groups to which you belong. Ask your group to sign and date the resolution; when you do, please send proof of adoption to releasedetainees@gmail.com. WHEREAS, […]

The “credible fear” of a mother & her little boy

Drawing by Rini Templeton, 1935-1986 I went to see three families yesterday in Karnes, and without planning to, ended up talking to seven mothers and their children. Obviously I will not represent all of them, but I hope that each woman finds representation through Karnes Pro Bono Project team. I cannot convey what it is […]

“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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Excellence in Public Interest Award 2013

Texas Law Fellowships has honored me with its 2013 Excellence in Public Interest Award (EPIA) in the private attorney category.   David Hinojosa of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) won the award in the public lawyer category for his considerable civil rights work on behalf of students in low-income districts, immigrants, and […]