By Steve Pavey, All Photos by Steve Pavey, www.stevepavey.com
The National Domestic Workers Alliance has gathered for their national assembly in Washington, DC around the theme “Everyone an Organizer.” What would happen if the church embodied this theme?! What if the Body of Christ took seriously the call to become a disciple, to share the good news of “freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, and freedom for the oppressed!” We can learn in part what it would look like by listening and following the lead of our sisters of the NDWA.
The gathering was marked by a march and vigil led by domestic workers from around the country to remember the #100Women100Miles one year anniversary to highlight Pope Francis’ visit to the US and his message for migrant dignity. The procession began at the Supreme Court to challenge their decision to block DAPA. Ana Canenguez who would have qualified for DAPA shared her story and the fear she lives with each and every day from a pending deportation order.
We then walked to the White House for a vigil remembering those in the community who have been detained or deported. President Obama can and should do more to stop separating families and communities. He can and should take action to stop the detention and deportation of immigrants living in the U.S.
This is the message our sisters carried on signs to remind us to connect our faith with love and the struggle for dignity of all.
The church without borders . . . spreads a culture of solidarity throughout the world in which no one is seen as useless, out of place or disposable.
The courage born of faith, hope and love enables us to reduce distances that separate us from human misery.
We must respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation.
Suspicion and prejudice conflict with the biblical commandment of welcoming with respect and solidarity the stranger in need.
Facing the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees — fleeing death by war and famine, and journeying towards the hope of life — the Gospel calls . . . to give them a concrete hope.
Will we as the church march with our sisters?
Steve is a documentary photographer, applied anthropologist and contemplative activist, all of which come together in the vocation of cultivating a way to see, in order to bear witness to the world both as it is, and as it could be. You can see more of Steve's work at www.stevepavey.com and to get in contact with Steve email him firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve works with Hope In Focus, which bears witness to the world as it is and as it could be through activist photography committed to walking alongside the world’s oppressed and marginalized, finding hope together in the collective struggle for human dignity and justice.