LOVE KNOWS NO BORDERS BROUGHT 400 PEOPLE TO THE USA-MEXICO BORDER THIS PAST MONDAY, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. THERE WERE TWELVE OF US IN THE OREGON AFSC DELEGATION. MONDAY WAS AN OVERCAST CLOUDY DAY AS WE GATHERED AT THE BORDER STATE PARK TO WALK A 1.5 TO THE IRON WALL THAT DIVIDES THE USA FROM MEXICO AT THE OCEAN.
NON-VIOLENT ACTION AT THE WALL. THE PEOPLE WHO PREPARED TO BE ARRESTED STEPPED OVER THE LINE, PAST THE SIGN THAT SAID NO TRESPASSING U.S. PROPERTY. THEY WERE PRAYING, KNEELING WHILE WE SURROUNDED THEM WITH SINGING AND CHANTING. WHEN THE BORDER PATROL IN RIOT GEAR DESCENDED THE HILL, TEARS CAME TO MY EYES. HERE WE WERE - PEOPLE WITH LOVE FOR THE STRANGER AND THE REFUGEE WERE MET WITH ARMED MILITARY TYPE FORCE. IT WAS A CHALLENGE TO LOVE THE OTHER AT THAT MOMENT.
REV. DR. TRACI BLACKMON, JUSTICE AND WITNESS EXECUTIVE WITH THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, ISSUED THE CALL TO BE A LOVING PEOPLE AT THE INTERFAITH SERVICE THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MARCH. SHE CALLED UPON US TO BE "A LOVING PEOPLE AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE AGAINST RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA, ANTI-IMMIGRANT ACTS AND ATTACKS ON POOR PEOPLE." SHE REMINDED ME AND OTHERS THAT PROTESTS MAY BE NON-VIOLENT, BUT THEY ARE NEVER PEACEFUL, AS PROTEST BY DEFINITION CONFRONTS THE EMPIRE AND THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWER STRUCTURES.
ANOTHER PREACHER REMINDED US THAT THE WALL IN THIS PARK IS SACRED GROUND WHERE PEOPLE CAN TOUCH EACH OTHER THRU THE FENCE - CONSTRUCTING THEIR LIVES ACROSS THE BORDER, CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING SEPARATED FROM YOUR LOVED ONES BY A WALL AND ARMED BORDER PATROL?
WE WERE THERE TO SHOW LOVE, CONFRONT THE EMPIRE, RESIST AND COMMIT TO CHANGING A SICK SYSTEM THAT LOCKS UP FAMILIES, SEPARATES FAMILIES AND CAUSES DEATH TO PEOPLE TRYING TO MIGRATE TO A SAFE PLACE.
PEDRO RIOS, AFSC STAFF IN SAN DIEGO, STATED: "IN THIS CALL FOR LOVE, A LOVE THAT KNOWS NO BORDERS, WE CENTER THE FOLLOWING MESSAGES (FOR ACTION)
JOIN ME AND THE OTHERS IN RESPONDING TO THIS CALL. CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO INSIST THAT THEY ACT TO END THIS DEHUMANIZING SYSTEM OF LOCKING UP PEOPLE AND DENYING THEM THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM.
THE WALL BETWEEN EAST AND WEST BERLIN FELL AND SO CAN THIS WALL THAT SEPARATES US FROM OUR SOUTHERN NEIGHBORS!
WATCH THE MARCH
ve Knows No Borders, Week of Action/ Oregon delegationHi Immigration friends and supporters: I am going to the border tomorrow and will blog various events and activities during the weekend. Look at national website: www.afsc.org/migrant justice for activities near your community. Maybe, see you there! Pat RumerPRESS RELEASE:
Mobilization starts “Love Knows No Borders: A Moral Call for Migrant Justice” Week of Action
San Diego, CA (December 4, 2018) On December 10, more than one hundred community and faith leaders from different traditions will converge on the U.S.-Mexico border for a mass action in support of the migrant caravans and all those who seek refuge in the U.S. The event is organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization that has worked with migrants and refugees for over a 100 years.
The action will begin with a press conference in San Diego at 10am, Dec 10. It will be followed by a solemn procession and action near the border wall. We will be releasing the exact location of the press conference closer to the event.
Read more: https://www.afsc.org/story/200-faith-leaders-to-take-action-border
Oregon delegation; a group of eighteen community and faith leaders will participate from December 8th to 18th in the kick off of the National week of action, later we will share more information about our Oregon delegation. Stay tuned.
How to help? Donate to Migrant Caravan Emergency Response.
Any amount helps, from $5 and up. Please share with your friends & families this holiday season. Thanks!
Media contact for Oregon;
Pedro Sosa 503-752-1490
Pat Rumer: 503-265-9644
My life has been about crossing borders and cultures and building bridges across the boundaries that normally divide. Have you crossed any borders in your life?