In today’s blog, I want to switch things up a bit and talk briefly about why I feel the work I’m doing through the Young Adult Volunteers program is so important in America’s current post-election state. But before I do that, let me tell you a little bit more about what it is that I do.
In these times, we must be "relentlessly imaginative and bold," says Rev. Alison Harrington of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona. Alison was a panelist along with Rev John Fife, former pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church and a co-founder of No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes, Amy Beth Willis, an organizer with the National Sanctuary Movement, and Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian in Austin, Texas.
I went for a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue with our Muslim brothers and sisters about the Muslim registry. It was organized by MoveOn.org and DRUM. We marched from the Justice Deaprtment to the White House. There is an open petition asking President Obama to shut down the NSEERS. 133,000 people have signed. Please give it your consideration.
On the first Monday of each month, a dedicated group of peace seekers gathers at the War Memorial in New Haven, CT to remember and to mourn the dead in the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Each month we add a stone to a growing cairn. One of our members placed a sprig of sage he collected on a recent witness at Standing Rock.
After a seemingly endless and often times sad election, we met as a community, as we always do, on the second Monday of the month for one of our New Sanctuary Open meetings at the Albany Catholic Worker house. We prayed and decided to hold our annual Vigil for Immigrant Rights and calling to Close the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. New Sanctuary holds this annual vigil in remembrance of four Catholic sisters murdered in El Salvador in 1980, by graduates of the School of the Americas.