“I’ve been watching media coverage of angry Americans at our southern border waiving signs and yelling slogans, insisting that the children – most of whom are refugees of the drug war we’ve created — “go home” to the violence and death that war has created, and I wonder who these angry Americans are. I also wonder where their parents or grandparents or other ancestors came from, and what they were fleeing from or hoped for when they landed in America. I’m not suggesting we allow in anyone who wants to come here, but these are desperate children. Whatever happened to the generosity, decency, and big-heartedness of this country?”
“Ultimately this is about our willingness to welcome strangers into our communities and lives; to share our resources, and our space. Whenever we are talking about hospitality we are talking about whether we trust God to provide. Do we fundamentally trust that there is enough to meet everyone’s needs? Are we willing to sacrifice even a little of our own comfort for the sake of others? Or are we convinced that there isn’t enough to go around? Will we prioritize our own luxuries over the lives of strangers? Because lives are at stake. These children are mostly refugees fleeing from violence and poverty. Refusing them our hospitality is condemning them to suffering we would never countenance for any child we know.”
#wcsyale2014 we did it! Congrats to all my amazing sisters in this year’s class! I cannot wait to see what everyone goes on to accomplish. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”- Margaret Thatcher (at Women’s Campaign School at Yale)
This is the house my grandma grew up in. My grandma was young when she moved, but she wasn’t too happy about having to quit school to work in the fields. She spent three years in first grade because she only spoke Spanish. She promised she would only teach her kids English because of this.