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Regina Schwartz: Immigration | “Loving Justice”

When we fail to respond humanely to refugees, we not only deny their vulnerability, we also deny our own.

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jodie Evans: What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border

From the individual stories, we saw the systems of oppression and the effects of the war economy and wondered what kind of world we live in that we treat other human beings this way.

January 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Claudia Castro Luna: To the Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S — This is my Wish for You

“That your days may soon change, that the love your parents and relatives feel for you glow inside you to give you strength.” Dear Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S., … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

How to Treat a Stranger in Need: A Moral Response to the Migrant Caravans

By Rabbi Ted Falcon & Pastor Don Mackenzie & Imam Jamal Rahman Throughout history, the biblical story of Exodus has inspired people around the world fleeing persecution. Migrants fleeing persecution and violence in their … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Maya Srikrishnan and Adriana Heldiz: Border Report

The Long Simmering Tensions That Led to the Border Shutdown: Understanding the desperation of the people who are fleeing violence and corruption in Central America is an essential part of … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Amnesty International: Twenty-Nine Families Ordered Released from Dilley Detention Center

WASHINGTON – In an extraordinary move, twenty-nine families seeking a better life have been ordered released from the South Texas Family Residential Center in the town of Dilley, including Gloria … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Carpool Duet

“I have a good life. I’m financially secure. My kids have stayed married, and my grandkids are doing well. John and I are free to travel, to do whatever we … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · 7 Comments

Jill Richardson: The White House Desperately Wants this Election to be ‘Us’ Vs. ‘Them’

As the midterms approach, the administration is ratcheting up its attacks on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, native-born Christian. In the days leading up to the election, the news … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Ashoka Mukpo: ‘When I Saw Her I Felt My Soul Ache’

An Immigrant Father Is Reunited With His Four-Year-Old Daughter After Nearly 10 Months Apart. Caught at the Border On the day last December when Ricardo and his daughter Luna crossed … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: America’s Addictions

Opioids, Donald Trump, and War When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Bay to Breakers 

Here is my hajj Here is my hajj From Bay to Breakers. Every year here I have a rendezvous with God, A God who talks In a hundred tongues, Runs, … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Okaji: Scarecrow Votes

I am no citizen, but here I reside in the fields among my dark friends. We’ve laughed together, but they will not miss me. One day I’ll vanish without ceremony, … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · 13 Comments

Lornet Turnbull: Two-thirds of Americans live in the “Constitution-Free Zone”

In Hartford, Vermont, last year, U.S. Border Patrol agents boarded a Greyhound bus as it arrived from Boston, asking passengers about their citizenship and checking the IDs of people of … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Ted Kooser is My President

When I travel abroad, I will invoke Ted’s poems at checkpoints: yes, barns, yes, memory, gentility, the quiet little wind among stones. If they ask, You are American? I will … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

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