Several months ago, after a dramatic mobilization of outrage by people across normal political boundaries, the Trump administration claimed to have stopped having children being ripped from from the arms of their refuge-seeking parents. Parents do not carry their children across vast, treacherous lands, not knowing what lies ahead, leaving behind their lives, other family members, and community unless they have no other choice. And yet this basic truth seems to be lost on this administration and unfortunately many others in our country. In response to emails I sent out encouraging people to join local actions opposing this inhumane policy, I received responses from a few people expressing sentiments such as this: “I am an immigrant, entered lawfully, clear criminal record, law-abiding citizen and I reject illegals coming to this great country as if anybody owes them FREE medical care, FREE education, FREE...
Cat Zavis is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP), working to bridge spirituality and politics to build a loving and just world. She leads trainings in Spiritual Activism—Prophetic Empathy and Radical Love. To learn more, go to www.spiritualprogressives.org.
Cat Zavis; Prophetic Empathy. Tikkun 1 November 2018; 33 (4): 13–16. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-7199295
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