This Arpilleras, handmade in Peru, was hanging in a birth center in a hospital in Los Angeles where I was awaiting the arrival of my beloved niece. There was a TV on in the lobby airing news of endless, cycling local and global travesties. I took a moment of refuge in the detailed stitches, dynamic color (which I could not capture well in the light), and the interwoven village scene of people, plants, animals, soil, fruit, shelters, water, and on.
The present forced separation of children from their parents over an illusory border-line, crosses a very real boundary of human rights. These actions are profoundly disgusting, painful, and unacceptable.
This is not the first time the US Government has taken children away from their families. This was done at the founding of this nation to Indigenous families, whose traditional territory this is. Again during the building of this nation to African families who were forcibly enslaved, and again to Japanese families placed in internment camps. The pain and trauma of these dehumanizing acts still remain.
Calling representatives, and driven by an internal fire to gather together, to do more.