Many years ago, I willingly departed my family in New England; yet, I have the freedom to return there whenever I want. Once DACA ends, the dreamers will not have that opportunity. I try to imagine the fear that a surprise knock on a door could mean to a dreamer but that is impossible. Unlike many dreamers, I am able to hire an attorney should I need to resolve legal matters.
This year, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have challenged each of us to hear the cry of the earth and to attend to the needs of the marginalized. Both leaders have warned that the human environment and the natural environment are deteriorating together. This deterioration, they note, weighs most heavily upon the poor and vulnerable.
The discovery of massive amounts of coal under the sands of the Thar Parkar Desert, which has the potential to end [rolling blackouts] and provide for all of Pakistan’s energy needs for generations to come, is seen as a Godsend. But at what cost to the desert environment and its people today, and to future generations?
Any expert in the natural sciences can contribute to our appreciation of God's creation. Whether it be the intricate detail we see in the smallest flowers with the aid of microscopes or the images of distant galaxies provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, we are looking at what God has created. What does this tell us about God?
On this day in history, August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered one of the most powerful addresses in U.S history at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Standing at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, and addressing a crowd of more than 200,000 people, Dr. King spoke of the moment as “the time to make justice a reality for all God’s children” and offered these famous lines: “I have a dream….” As a child, I remember hearing those words live on television.
In a recent survey of congressional staffers, 94% said ‘in-person visits from constituents’ have ‘some’ or ‘a lot’ of influence on an undecided lawmaker. Members of Congress listen when you visit them. Your voice matters!