The leaves are turning and the feel of Fall is in the chilly morning air. And if you are like me, your calendar is bursting with activities. I want to call your attention to the two immigration related events, one for Massachusetts and one for Rhode Island. October 3rd the Massachusetts legislature will hold a hearing on the TRUST Act at 10am the Hearing Room A-2. The TRUST Act would direct MA law enforcement not to funnel people into the unjust deportation system (were well over half of those held for deportation have committed NO crimes).
Migwe Kimemia, AFSC Economic Justice Program Director in Dayton, Ohio says that Tom Walhrab will be one of ten individuals honored by the White House on September 19. "Tom was the former Executive Director of the Dayton Human Relations Council that spearheaded the Welcome Dayton Initiative," Migwe says.
The press release from the White House follows:
White House Recognizes Welcoming America Champions of Change
Fasting for justice can be a powerful and emotional experience. It is the hope that each individual who participates in a fast for justice will be transformed and challenged through that fasting, as well as through reflection and prayer.
It is also the hope that some fasts for justice will have an external impact as well, possibly influencing those in power to stand up against injustice and to support policies that affirm the human and civil rights of immigrants and all people.
It is an afternoon of contrasts – ice cream and cake sprinkled with tragic tales of border crossings and details of due process. Summer interns in the AFSC Immigrant Rights and Healing Justice Programs held their annual “Ice Cream Social” at the Newark office July 10. Pat Simpson, a supporter who sponsors many of these interns, got to meet them. Everyone in attendance (ice cream guarantees a full house) learns who has done what at the midterm point of the internship.
Immigration is about more then the cerebral aspects of policy, laws, and trade; immigration includes relationships, communities, and questions of morality and dignity. To fully delve into and enable a deep listening for truth, one has to get out of the classroom and committee meeting and into the world.
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