Friday, May 29, 2009

Still alive

I meant to blog last weekend but never made it to the internet. Lots of fun and exciting things happening - it's really strange how little time I have left here in Houston. I don't have the time to write much since I'm at work right now (heh), but I just thought I'd check in and let the internet know that I'm still alive.

Here's a photo from the vigil/rally for immigration reform we had here on May 1st:

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Vigil and rally for immigration reform

Yesterday I attended the May Day vigil and rally for immigration reform in front of the Mickey Leland Federal Building in downtown Houston.

We started with a vigil. My amazing coworker Pancho led it, and we melted ice (ICE, get it?). Then there was a rally with music and spoken word, and we ended it with a prayer and by singing We Shall Overcome/Vamos a Vencer. In the last prayer, my coworker Hamilton prayed passionately for the families separated by deportation. Singing We Shall Overcome was especially moving - when I was in El Salvador, my praxis partner Patrick and I taught our young students that song.

It was a small turn-out (some people told us they weren't coming because they were afraid of the swine flu!), but it went very well. I'll try to post my pictures soon! (I forgot to bring my camera to the internet with me...)

Speaking of immigration, here's a good video to watch.