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Harry Blain: American Concentration Camps

When human beings are framed as a national security threat, barbed wire is the next logical step. But unlike during the Japanese internment, today there’s high-level political resistance.

July 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Warsan Shire — Young Poet Laureate for London 2013-14

In her personal London Story, the latest of her commissions as part of her role as Young Poet Laureate for London, Warsan Shire uses the city as the backdrop for an exploration of her feelings of falling in love.

July 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Ugly

but God,
doesn’t she wear
the world well.

June 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lornet Turnbull: Grandmothers Bring Food and Comfort to Asylum Seekers at Bus Stations

Each day at Greyhound stations across the nation, families released from detention and traveling to sponsors’ homes find grandmotherly help. Every morning, Bonita Amaro and her sister Yolanda Sanchez arrive … Continue reading

December 25, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Shelter — Human Stories from Central America

. A quiet look at the lives on the line. First-hand stories from Central American migrants and asylum seekers searching for a better life in the north. This was made … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Feffer — World to Refugees: Go to Hell

Over 22.5 million people have been forced to flee their countries. Last year, less than 200,000 were resettled. It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pamela Uschuk: Three Poems About Borders

. CRACKING 100 Near the border, preschoolers worry about butterflies. How can they fly over the wall?  Fifty feet tall, thick steel plates would sear delicate wings.  And, lizards, Miss, … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Rev. Dr. Charles N. Davidson: A Summons to a Nationwide Citizens’ Mobilization to Free and Unite Migrant and Refugee Children and Families

The crucial moment has arrived amid the immigration crisis inflaming the nation—the time for citizens from cities, townships, and hamlets across the land to answer the clarion call to take … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Ann Fisher-Wirth: Prayer

Let the mothers rush toward their babies and wrap their arms around them tight enough to hold back even the sea if it would harm them.   Let the anguish … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Andrena Zawinski: Rafts

Sun spills silver stars of light along rippling summer waves. A string of pelicans wing the horizon, light in flight for all their heft.   Children squeal and squirm inside … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 6 Comments

Iman Chahin Sharba: Prior to the Departure

Before I was killed by a matter of minutes I was combing the hair of my daughter And braiding her plaits With a pair of tweezers in the shape of … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

David Ades: Fairy Tale

Once there was a room, a house. Once there was a family, all threaded lives, there were books and learning,   photographs, happy memories. Once there was a path, a … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Nutag — Homeland

. Painted frame by frame, a vivid animation restores a history lost to deportation. In 1942, Nazi forces captured a portion of the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, home to … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

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