Then they came for the Immigrants

Please join me and recommit to not numbing-out. We must ACT. If we don’t fight for children, we shall be utterly lost.

It’s beyond cruel and inhumane. It’s brutal, barbaric, and sadistic what is happening to children and families at the southern border. Thousands of children detained in six weeks, separated from their families.

We can’t say exactly how many came seeking asylum from violence in their home country. That didn’t matter. Families were heartlessly separated. Now? Children sleep in chain link pens. Their blankets? Mylar emergency sheets. Siblings? “Not allowed” to comfort each other. Babies cry inconsolably.

I know you feel the pain and are outraged.

** If you can help raise money to reunify these children with their families, please give generously to RAICES (Facebook fundraiser).

** If you are able, show up for the June 30th Families Belong Together Action, in any of the sister marches being organized around the country (MoveOn.org).

** Call, call, call your elected people (local, state, national) and ask them what they are doing to address this crisis.

These children are our children now. We must do all we can to see them reunited with the people that love them.

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* [Wikipedia]: First they came for…” is a poem written by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Many variations and adaptations in the spirit of the original have been published in the English language. It deals with themes of persecution, guilt, and responsibility…The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum quotes the following text as one of the many poetic versions of the speech: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Image credit: Mary Ann Stewart, a quick sketch, created in January 2017 and posted on Instagram in response to Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban