For the volunteers at VamosTogether, it’s been a year since we began our response to HB56. 1,000s of fliers and phone calls, 52 blog posts, a half dozen protests, and countless incredible conversations with new friends later, we write this last post (we’re taking a break) to leave our followers with a few thoughts, a year in review titled “The Strange Career of Jim Crow” by Diane McWhorter (author of “Carry Me Home”), and most of all- a huge THANK YOU to all of our wonderful, persevering, and inspiring friends in Alabama.
To all of our undocumented friends in Alabama– we are proud to call you friends and believe in the strength of your pride and your families’ happiness. Laws can never defeat your beautiful spirit. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus. Everyday that an immigrant family in Alabama holds their heads up high, goes about their day without fear or doubts, and puts food on the table and smiles on their kids’ faces is a good day… and good days are victories in an unfair world.
To all the organizers and people of conscience in Alabama– we urge you to seek community and strength, not legislative battles. (more…)