As a mother of two little girls, aged 4 and 6, the photograph of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, the waves lapping the face of his lifeless body, shook me.
But the tears came much later — not as I saw more and more images of migrant and refugee suffering in the news, but when I saw families in Europe with signs welcoming refugees, standing by the roadside with food and water. What’s moved me most are the images and stories of everyday people not waiting for government policy, but choosing love and taking action.
One hundred women from around the country will begin an eight-day walk Tuesday from the York County Prison to Washington D.C. in a display of support and solidarity for immigration reform.
From York the women will march through New Freedom to Monkton, Md.; then on to Lutherville-Timonium, Md.; through Baltimore and Jessup, Md.. There sill be one more stop in Silver Spring, Md. before their arrival in D.C. before Pope Francis' arrival there.
One hundred women from around the country will begin an eight-day walk Tuesday from the York County Prison to Washington D.C. in a display of support and solidarity for immigration reform. From York the women will march through New Freedom to Monkton, Md.
New York is expecting Pope Francis’ visit on September 23-rd. Reason why 100 migrant women from around the nation are preparing for his visit.
Natalicia Tracy knows what it’s like to be undocumented, to make $25 per week as a live-in nanny, not to have a say in setting her own wages because of her former status as an undocumented immigrant. [...] Tracy, the Brazilian Worker Center’s executive director, is participating in part of a 100-mile pilgrimage. It starts at the York County, Pennsylvania, detention center Sept. 15 and arrives in Washington on Sept. 22—the same day as Francis.
"We're walking from a site of human degradation that we hope to transform with human dignity," Juana Flores, a co-director of San Francisco's Mujeres Unidas y Activas group who will participate in the walk, said in an email.
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August 28, 2015
Last week a federal judge in California found that the Obama Administration’s practice of detaining families seeking refuge and protection in the United States violates a longstanding court agreement governing the detention of immigrant children.
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August 26, 2015
Act of Sacrifice Stands in Contrast to Hateful Rhetoric from Presidential Candidates
More than 30 years ago, I was tasked with preparing Pope John Paul II’s meals during his visit to Oaxaca, Mexico, where I lived in a convent. This year I will join with 100 women to walk 100 miles to greet Pope Francis when he arrives in Washington, D.C.
Reflecting now, I see that my life has been a combination of faith, migration and service, exemplified by these experiences with the two popes.
From the Huffington Post
After her husband was arrested in late 2013 for being an undocumented immigrant and locked up for five months in Pennsylvania’s York County Prison, Pilar Molina decided it was time to go to Mass. Every Tuesday morning, Molina, a Mexican-American mother of two, would arrive at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and pray for her husband’s safe return to their home outside Philadelphia.