#FaithJustice: Deep Solidarity: Beyond Charity and Advocacy

By Joerg Rieger, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies, Vanderbilt University In our recent book, Unified We Are A Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities), Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger and I are proposing that the time is right to move beyond charity and advocacy.  Our work on labor and religion is the basis for the argument. While charitable giving is widely appreciated, it is neither…

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#FaithJustice: Sacred Right to Rest

By Grecia Lopez-Reyes, Organizer with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice For the past year and half I have worked as a Faith-Rooted Organize for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). I educate, organize, and mobilize the community of faith to walk in intimate solidarity with workers and their families fighting for a living wage, respect, and better working conditions in industries such as the Ports of…

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#FaithJustice: Embodied Solidarity In Proximity to the Five Ps

It is a New Year and for many of us 2016 was somewhat of an unpleasant year. Instead of seeing a decrease in police violence against communities of color we have seen a continuation. We have lived through a rancorous political process that not only took an emotional strain on us but netted us a president who political pundits fear has placed our nation in peril. Furthermore, our political process…

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2016 Justice in Review Townhall

Chaumtoli Huq, Editor, Attorney, Law@theMargins Justice in Review is an annual signature event hosted by Law@theMargins where organizers, activists, scholars and lawyers from across wide range of movement spaces and issue areas are committed to social justice are invited to look back at the year, and share successes in their work, and to raise challenges. We ask them to share a lesson to carry forward to the new year. This…

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#Dilley Dispatches: Learning to Fly

Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services. Dilley is half-way between San Antonio and the border at Laredo, Texas.  Transportation for detainees only goes so far as transportation into and out of the center. Apparently inspired by the rugged individualism of the United States in the early 20th Century, the detention center does enough to ensure that families arrive to the San Antonio airport…

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#DilleyDispatches: From Hope to Heartbreak in Forty-Eight Hours

Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services Feature Image Photo Credit: Claire R. Thomas Wednesday, December 14, 2016. I met with a woman and her young daughter who had a signed order in a request to extend their detention to avoid deportation from Dilley, Texas. Based on testimony that they offered, but was previously was unavailable, I was assigned the task to write a Request…

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#DilleyDispatches: Challenging Patriarchy Through Advocacy

By Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project. Photo Credit:“No More Violence Against Women.” April, 2011 © lingiik | Flickr Traveling to the South Texas Family Residential Center detention facility in Dilley, Texas has marked my personal and professional life in incredible ways. The detention center currently holds over 1800 women and children; it has capacity for hundreds more women and children who will inevitably…

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School Board Resolutions to Designate Safe Zones

Emma Leheny serves as Senior Counsel for the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional employee organization. For two decades, Leheny has represented unions, low-wage workers, and recipients of government benefits. Leheny previously served as Vice-Chair of the National Immigration Law Center Board of Directors and as Chief Counsel for the California Teachers Association. Anti-immigrant statements by Trump and his supporters have caused anxiety among school children throughout the country….

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#DilleyDispatches: Broken

By Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project; Claire R. Thomas is an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School; Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services; Marilyn E. Alvarado is a first generation college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and paralegal with Safe Passage Project; Michelle Castaneda is a Ph.D….

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#DilleyDispatches: Finding Humanity

By Claire R. Thomas an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School. She and a volunteer team of paralegals, lawyers and social workers have gone to Dilley Texas to provide pro bono representation for women and children in detention. They are sharing their experiences while there with Law@theMargins in a series called #DilleyDispatches Day 4 Another early morning! Most mornings this week, there has been…

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