“A Gift of Hands” from The Story on American Public Media
Julie Mullin says her business selling organic, fair trade fiber products is doing quite well in this economic climate. But she couldn’t do it without the unusual partnership she’s formed with a Montagnard woman named Jum.
Julie once had a successful quilting business. Then severe arthritis stole her ability to use her hands. Jum had just come to the United States from the remote central highlands of Vietnam. She didn’t speak English, she had never had running water or electricity, and she certainly didn’t know how to run a sewing machine. But Julie needed hands, and Jum needed a job.
Now, despite the language barrier and the faltering economy, the two women have learned to work together seamlessly, and Julie says her business is booming.
Something at the Texas detention facility is terribly wrong, and Tony Hefner knows it. But the guards are repeatedly instructed not to speak of anything they witness. In the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the United States, good jobs are scarce and the detention facility pays the best wages for a hundred miles. The guards follow orders and keep quiet. [Read more via link above]
Crissy Brooks is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Mika Community Development Corporation in Costa Mesa, California.
“Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. I told her she should go home, that it was all right to sit this one out.
“No, my neighbors are depending on me,” she replied. I think she was happy to be able to serve others and to look beyond her own grief for a few hours. In my heart, I prayed that the coming year would bring immigration reform: some way for our immigrant neighbors to be free to be with their families, and free to participate without fear in our community.” [read more at link above]
In this interview podcasters Nick & Josh talk with Matthew Soerens & Jenny Hwang about their recent book entitled ‘Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, & Truth in the Immigration Debate’. Matthew and Jenny speak a good deal in this interview about the way in which they perceive the Bible to speak to the core issues of immigration. Near the end of the interview, both also speak about how far they think their hermeneutic allows them to see reform go in the American debate.
Via the Ooze:
“Immigrants are more than what they can contribute to our affluence,” says Matt Soerens. Made in the image of God, they are people like you and I who demonstrate the beautiful diversity of God’s creation of humanity. ThinkFwd host, Spencer Burke, talks with Soerens in the Chicago suburb where he lives. His neighbors are a very diverse population including immigrants from Mexico, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Soerens has co-authored a book about the church and immigration called “Welcoming the Stranger.” He says his goal with the book was not to convince anyone of a particular immigration policy but rather to look at the issue Biblically and ask—as Christians—what do we do with this complicated topic of immigrants and immigration?
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[via Witness/The Hub]: Gerald Lenoir discusses his work with The Black Alliance for Just Immigration. This interview was conducted by a fellow participant at the US Human Rights Network National conference in Chicago April 17th-20th, 2008.
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Click on link above for OpEd by Roger Mahony, the cardinal archbishop of Los Angeles.