Entries by Christopher Kerr

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Supreme Inhumanity? – Arizona Immigration Decision

6/26/12 – Earlier this week the Supreme Court announced their decision on the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law (SB 1070). The court took a clear stand that constitutional authority to regulate immigration is a federal matter but fell short when it comes to the most inhumane element of the law. By upholding the right of Arizona law enforcement to require any individual detained to produce immigration documents the court has perpetuated the sense of fear and mistrust that many Latino citizens already experience.

The U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service USA, and the Kino Border Initiative have offered a public statement on the court’s action.

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“The importance of recognizing different cultures as being in solidarity with us rather than separate”

Written by: Leah Rosenweig, Loyola University of Maryland ’13 I began to become drawn to indigenous cultures when I entered college.  I felt a calling to South Asia by many different events that arose at the start of this academic year.  My university’s chapter of Free the Slaves held a panel on modern day slavery.  This is where […]

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Did You Know? | A Reflection from Ecuador

I was on the bus a few days ago coming back from another day at Manos and sitting next to Josue, one of our ayudantes (helpers) at Manos. In the silence of bus ride, he all of sudden turns to me and says:

“Did you know that 80% of the people in my country are poor? And most of them are so poor, I wouldn’t even know where to begin to help them.”

As he turned back forward, my jaw was naturally at my feet. I did in fact know this fact; it is well known that since the 1970’s, Ecuador’s drastic economic situation has spared few. But I was so shocked and humbled by this teenager’s insight. How terrible it must be to know this fact – that 4 out of 5 people in your own nation can barely afford to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head (and many of them cannot.) It’s such a small fact, but it has big implications. How is Ecuador, a nation that spends 50% of its budget servicing debt, supposed to help its own citizens? The gravity of the situation is even more weighing; where does one start to address such evasive poverty?