We must respect indigenous communities as the protagonists of their own destinies. In many cases, they've already developed solutions to the problems they face, and their challenge implementing these solutions is that they don't have the cooperation of governments, corporations, and other power-brokers. As citizens and consumers, we have a responsibility to hold these institutions accountable.
Much comes back to reviewing consumption beyond Earth's finite resources, challenging the commodification of life, alongside practical initiatives to get back to working with life systems and not against them. It is a commitment to hand on to future generations of human beings the beauty and abundance that is God's gift to us. And future generations are demanding now that their rights are recognised.
Before interning with the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) in early 2018, I saw the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or, DACA) program through different eyes. I blinded myself to the realities Dreamers face, buying into the rhetoric that paints DACA as a way to protect lawbreakers. Looking back, I am ashamed.
Juan Corral is an intern for the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas. He spent the past month interviewing recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, or Dreamers. He also interviewed the friends of DACA recipients.
by Scott Wright, CCAO Director
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