“You are important…..to CCA”. As we approach the entrance to the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, the first signs we see are brightly lettered installations declaring how important we are to the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). There is a chilling irony in this cheery welcome. In a for-profit prison that holds 2,000 immigrant [...]
By Emily Guzman, U.S. citizen & wife of Pedro Guzman who was detained at SDC from November 2009 until May 2011. This is a reflection on the November 2010 vigil where eight individuals, including Emily’s mother and three members of Alterna were charged with criminal trespass for an act of civil disobedience. FOR MORE INFO [...]
Glenn Fogle, the Guzmans’ immigration attorney, explains it this way: After almost 19 months after being arrested by an ICE “Fugitive Operations Unit” at his home in North Carolina in front of his wife and then 2 year old son, on a removal order he did not even know about, Pedro Guzman has been granted [...]
So as I prepare to walk; I am thankful for this phone conversation. It has reminded me even more deeply that we walk, not just to see just laws passed by the kingdom of this world. We walk because we want inward and outward transformation.
“In Chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus calls us to visit him in prison, and not just visit him, but experience that raw moment of vulnerability and shared humanity.”