Although I sometimes attribute my interest in social justice to my having attended a Quaker college, my first foray into activism was attending a rally on behalf of Soviet Jews, known as refuseniks, who were being prevented from emigrating. I often feel called to take political action when the injustice feels personal. In recent years, I joined faith leaders in protesting the introduction of religious freedom bills in the state legislature, which would provide the state with a license to discriminate against LGBTQ+ Georgians. Every year I march in the Atlanta Pride Parade and raise funds to support SOJOURN. Last spring, I joined students and colleagues in the March for our Lives in Atlanta.
In December 2018, I took a trip with colleagues to Nogales, both to bear witness to the crisis at the border, as well as to offer humanitarian aid and support to families suffering separation and deportation. For most of January and February 2019, I will share reflections about immigration and stories from this trip on my blog, along with pictures, which will appear on the blog and in the slide show below.
Nogales (December 17-19, 2018)
View from Shell gas station parking lot in Nogales, AZ
Reciting travelers’ prayer before crossing border
Walking across the border from Nogales, AZ to Nogales, Sonora
The Comedor at KINO Border Initiative (5-15)
Boarding bus to downtown Nogales, Sonora
View from highway overpass of cars and trucks waiting to enter U.S.
DeConcini Crossing in Nogales, Sonora (18-20)
Walking along the border wall in Nogales, Sonora (20-25)
Mariposa Crossing (26-27)
Journey through the Desert, Arivaca, AZ (28-40)
Blog Posts and Media Coverage:
"An Assembly Line at U.S.-Mexico Border" (Washington Jewish Week 12/26/2018)
Mission at the Mexico-US Border (Rabbis Without Borders 12/27/2018)
"Hands on Fire" (1/3/2019)
"Praying at the Wall" (1/9/2019)
"Tuscon rabbi hosts dinner for Jewish educators visiting border" (Arizona Jewish Post 1/10/2019)
"My Day in Court" (1/17/2019)
"Wandering in the Desert" (Rabbis Without Borders 1/24/2019)