Article: How Scared Should People on the Border Be?

[This personal account is written with such clarity and feeling, such honesty and perspective. It is long but well worth reading in its entirety.] How Scared Should People on the Border Be? By DOMINGO MARTINEZ New York Times March 31, 2017  BROWNSVILLE, TEX. — The news here on the border with Mexico travels fast. Most of…

A Day Without Students

255 students did not come to school today. There are 600 students at our school. This was born out of the Immigrant Strike, an event I think began in D.C. with restaurant workers planning to stay home from work today. Thew news spread on social media — no one officially organized the strike here and…

Article: The Spanish Lesson I Never Got at School

[This is what I see in students every day — an erasure of their language, skills, history. As a white woman lauded for being bilingual, I preach the value of bilingualism to students I encounter but I’m one small voice against a tidal wave of policies, tweeted vitriol, and ignorance. Today students wrote notes to…

Article: Refugees Encounter a Foreign Word: Welcome

[This reminds me of the little non-profit in Baltimore that I’m clearly becoming obsessed with, aka Thread. What happens when we open our doors to “others”? When we are integrated, our lives entwined, it seems like it is easier to care for other humans and build humane policies. However, this article documents a Canadian program…

Undocumented Minors

[Guillermo, profiled in the Atlantic article, and Maria, profiled in the Latino USA episode, both remind me of J (her story here, with an update here). Guillermo fled El Salvador almost exactly a year before J. Maria lives near Boston and went to J’s neighborhood to find a social security card when she needed to help…

“A boat?”

A few weeks ago a teacher I work with asked me to speak with a little girl in the elementary school. The teacher only speaks English, the little girl, J, only speaks Spanish but the teacher wanted to make sure she knew there was a field trip on Friday and to see about getting permission…