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DID YOU TRAVEL WITH ANYONE YOU KNEW?

Along the Journey

DID YOU TRAVEL WITH ANYONE YOU KNEW?

Traveling alone can be an intimidating experience for anyone, not to mention a child arriving to a foreign land with people that speak a foreign language. It’s difficult to think about any child in such a situation and leads to...

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Toxic Leadership

Dr. G. & Friends

Toxic Leadership

The measure of successful leadership is how well a group performs, over time, in terms of valued outcomes, or the realization of its mission.

Benjamin J. Inyang considers leadership as a process which “involves the use of non-coercive influence to...

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ONE DAY

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ONE DAY

One day my life will matter to those who oppress me,

The injustices I currently face will simply be history.

One day my family will be treated fairly,

My kids will live a life of freedom and equality.

One day...

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WITH WHOM DID YOU TRAVEL TO THIS COUNTRY?

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WITH WHOM DID YOU TRAVEL TO THIS COUNTRY?

I imagine a child sitting alone, or perhaps alongside a sibling or cousin, being asked this question by an interpreter. I imagine, as Valeria Luiselli does, what it would be like if my child was asked the same question and...

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IMMIGRATION STATUS?

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IMMIGRATION STATUS?

Are you a human?  Are you worthy of being treated with respect and dignity?  These extra questions are all wrapped up (though secretly) in this one.  The language we use around migrants and immigration affects the way we see and...

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STAY IN TOUCH

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STAY IN TOUCH

People say that staying in touch is easy these days

phone lines everywhere,

internet sweeping city to city,

even stamps readily available in any post office

for the neighborhood letter writer

to select the perfect one

out of the season’s...

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DO YOU FEEL SAFE? DO YOU FEEL HOPE?

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DO YOU FEEL SAFE? DO YOU FEEL HOPE?

We shall walk through the valley in peace, we shall walk through the valley in peace. For Jesus himself will be our leader. We shall walk through the valley in peace. Spiritual composed by A.L. Hatter

 

This spiritual,...

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WERE YOU PUNISHED IF YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG? HOW OFTEN?

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WERE YOU PUNISHED IF YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG? HOW OFTEN?

The death [Christ] died, he died to sin, once for all…

Romans 6:10a

 

My friends and I were detained, verbally abused, and punished for no wrongdoing. We had good intentions when we entered the town. Nevertheless, we were...

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DO YOU HAVE TATTOOS?

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DO YOU HAVE TATTOOS?

Ink can incriminate in “the land of the free.

 

Many of my friends have tattoos. Some are small in inconspicuous places; some are full sleeves. Some tattoos represent a particular passion; some represent part of one’s own journey. For...

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