This speech was given as part of the Catholic Charities’ Good Friday Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage is an urban stations of the cross and Anton’s speech was the 13th Station, “Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross.” (Special thanks to Jorge Lawton for the phenomenal interpretation.)
500 pilgrims… 8 miles… Footwashing service with 12 immigrants’ feet washed by 12 U.S. citizens… Three of the immigrants whose feet were washed were wearing monitoring anklets due to deportation proceedings. This sight is still difficult for me to comprehend. To see the hands of the privileged, submitting in imitation of the call to mutual [...]
Why did Mary’s mother weep? Because they are not breaking the law, our laws are breaking the spirits of our brothers and sisters who are simply here without legal authorization.
“What does it mean to extend welcome these days?”
The most difficult leg of the pilgrimage had to be Buford Highway in Atlanta’s DeKalb County. The main drag of this polyglot commercial area interestingly enough called “International Village” is a clear example of what social work theorist David Gil calls “structural violence” or what others like my friend and President of Flourish, Rusty Pritchard, [...]