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Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Suffering

I encountered the compelling mystery of human suffering while playing a game of soccer with undocumented young adults and children who had recently migrated to El Paso, Texas. Through the celebration of goals, the coordination of blocked shots, and their …

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Highlights of a Border Awareness Immersion Trip

Border Awareness Immersion Highlight Sheet The natives call it “the Borderlands” – the area between Mexico and the United States that is separated by one tall, wide, militarized fence. As the four CCAO advocacy interns for the Summer 2015, we …

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Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Solidarity

Solidarity, one of my favorite social justice pillars, can be defined as unity: when I meet people in the Borderlands I want to share empathy (not sympathy), and support. I want to mindfully hear and try to understand their stories. …

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Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Language

Being in the Borderlands taught me the consequences not only of what I say, but how I say it. The complex world of connotation and meaning influences my understanding of humanity. People on the U.S.-Mexico border choose words carefully. I …

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Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Community

With Fr. Bob driving and his friend Gloria Morales sitting in the passenger seat, we drove through two colonias on the edge of El Paso. A colonia is a community of extremely poor housing for people who are working in low wage factory …

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Introducing the Spring 2015 Advocacy Interns

Sebastian Ramirez Migration Intern Hometown: Weston, Florida Studying: B. A. Political Science, American University I am looking forward to not only learning a unique and diverse skill set, but also advocated for the underrepresented migrant population on an issue that …

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Introducing the Fall 2014 Advocacy Interns

Emily Van Etten Environmental Justice Intern Hometown: Naperville, Illinois Studying: M.S. Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, American University I’m most looking forward to learning more about the people the Columbans serve and using Catholic social teaching not just as a …

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Introducing the 2014 Summer Advocacy Interns

Name: Megan Isom Hometown: Howell, Michigan School/ Major: Alma College/ Political Science & Pre-Law I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about the important issues which affect people all around the globe, as well as experiencing all Washington has to …

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Losing our Life-Giving Water

Climate Change has come to be nearly undisputed. However, many see it as just big storms and strange weather. In the faith community, we understand that these changes have very far-reaching effects. Climate change causes caring for God’s creation to …

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Climate Refugees from Haiyan to Sandy

“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals on the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth and the waters subsided.”- Genesis 8:1 Around the world today, millions of people are being uprooted from their homes …

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