Writing a New History of Immigrant & Racial Justice

Red Letter Christians | 1/19/2020 | Omar Angel Perez
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In the three decades that we have been honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the layers of inequality that permeate our country have only grown thicker, creating a wound that is seemingly impossible to heal. And despite laws having been passed over the past five decades to combat discrimination at the voting booth and the workplace, white supremacy remains a persistent barrier in putting said legislation into action. In turn, efforts to dismantle civil rights legislation continually threaten the rights of immigrants and other people of color, making it clear just how much work there is to be done.

Every day in my work with Faith in Action’s Congregation Action Network, we oppose such threats by working with migrant families to provide emotional support, accompanying them to ICE check-ins and, in some cases, offering sanctuary for families who are under ICE threats, risking permanent separation.

Work - Organizer - Zapotec - Leader - Family

I do this work not only as an organizer, but also as an immigrant Zapotec indigenous leader whose family ties and experiences reach well beyond the U.S.- Mexico border. Like that of Dr. King, my social change work is rooted in carrying out the teachings of our Creators, and it is through faith that we are able to persevere in the face of racism and white supremacy. This agenda of hate is perpetuated by an unjust government and generations of false narratives preventing minorities from achieving stability and success. The aftermath of the administration’s decisions — ending...
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