BECAUSE I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL I THOUGHT I'D SHARE THE MOST PERSONAL THING TO HAPPEN TODAY: A FRIEND OF MINE OF MORE THAN A DECADE IS FIGHTING IMMINENT DEPORTATION (to a country he hasn't lived in since he was 8.), REGARDLESS OF AN IMMIGRATION TRIAL WON A FEW YEARS AGO AND LEGAL RESIDENCY STATUS EARNED/GAINED. HOWEVER, OUR NEW ADMINISTRATION HAS SUDDENLY AND WITHOUT WARNING, OVERTURNED HIS PREVIOUS COURT VERDICT AND MY FRIEND'S ESTABLISHED LIFE, CAREER, NEW MARRIAGE, CAR, HOUSE, STABILITY and MOST OF ALL, MENTAL + EMOTIONAL WELL BEING IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF GOOD PEOPLE FOLLOWING ORDERS FROM NOT SO GOOD PEOPLE. ---> What can be done? 1) Well, I wrote a letter, had it legally certified and it will be added to my friend's legal case, to show evidence of a good life and strong moral code. BUT, What else? 2) Maybe....lifting our arms for hours with a cardboard sign at airport and town square rallies is the beginning--- > 3) Next step: actively look out for your friends and neighbors and even the woman you see every day at your coffee shop. Our friends who share-in and build up our culture require as many advocates as they can. And not to be forgotten--> 4) Talk to your friends and family who are receiving alternate news and media coverage -- who may not be hearing these stories . Forever--->Compassion and understanding IS and can always be bipartisan-- It is lead by us below, not in power but with the people's power.
Because, we're all American -- right? And we know how to not give up the fight. / photo by @mjambriz