Everyday feels overwhelming with the deluge of devastating news from the border. It's sometimes difficult to find the glimmers of hope. Here are a few I've found inspiration from in the last couple days.
Victory in Queens
Many didn't take Tiffany Cabán's run to upset the Democratic establishment in Queens seriously. But last night she achieved a narrow political upset winning the election becoming the Queens' new District Attorney. Cabán was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Linda Sarsour and a whole host of progressive leaders. Lesson: organizing wins.
There are dozens of companies if not more profiting from concentration camps set up by the Trump administration at the U.S.-Mexico border. The online furniture retailer Wayfair has allegedly sold more than $200,000 of furniture to a contractor who runs a detention center for migrant children in Texas. More than 500 employees signed a petition asking the company to stop supplying furniture to concentration camps. When their demands were ignored, employees staged a walk out. They're currently in Copley Square in Boston demanding the Wayfair halt further sales to detention centers and donate profits from previous sales to Raíces Texas. Lesson: we don't have to be complicit even if our employers are.
Highlights Highlights Inhumanity of Detention Centers
You'll find Highlights for Children Magazine in almost every pediatrician's waiting room. The magazine's CEO Kent Johnson issued a statement yesterday definitively denouncing the abuse and terror being inflicted on children and their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Johnson said:
"Moral courage means standing up for what we believe is right, honest, and ethical--even when it is hard.... This is not a political statement about immigration policy. This is a statement about human decency, plain and simple."
Lesson: ALL the kids.