I want to say that I am completely astonished with the conversations I have been having with people about this crisis at the border. I want to BELIEVE that NO mother, father, or parent would agree to forcefully separate families in a way that leaves children alone, scared, and traumatized. But I know there are people who are deceivingly good at putting up blinders so they don’t have to do the hard work that is learning the truth of what actually happens (and has happened) in this country. This IS America. Stealing and violence and making excuses for it is the REAL and painful truth of America. It’s never stopped. And we. can. BE. better.
I don’t care who you are, what party you follow, what news you watch, what beliefs you hold, I KNOW we can draw a line at child violence. We can ALL agree that children deserve to know they are safe, loved, and supported. If we collectively show up for this, we can collectively KEEP showing up for the other injustices that are actively happening to children WITHIN the borders as well. I understand that things are complex and not everything is black and white. This one is easy. The answer for any decent human who loves their babies, grand babies, nieces & nephews, neighbor kids and any young humans is NO, this is never okay. (Yes, even if they are born outside of these borders. Yes, even if they do not look like us. Because that simply does not matter.) We have power to stop this. We have power to educate ourselves beyond this instance and we. can. do. better.
Here is a link to a post from an organization I follow. They raised $1 million dollars in 9 hours and have raised $1.5 million and counting for the love of ALL babies. I support them and will continue to. If you have the means, consider donating and sharing. I believe this is a good place to start, stay informed, and see where the money is going.