Activist Shane Claiborne was een van de christelijke leiders die deze week in de boeien werd geslagen na een vreedzaam protest in Washington. Met een gebedswake wilden ze regeringsvertegenwoordigers oproepen om de Dream Act te steunen: een wet die ongedocumenteerden beschermt. Op dit moment lopen 800.000 jongeren zonder papieren, die als kind door hun ouders werden meegenomen naar Amerika, gevaar om te worden uitgezet.


Shane is een van de vele christelijke leiders die op dit moment vreedzaam protesteert tegen het beleid van Trump. Wil je er meer over weten? Volg dan bijvoorbeeld Sojourners.

(Bron: Lazarus Magazine)

Lees hier het bericht van Shane:

Today I was honored to join dozens of Dreamers and faith leaders as we delivered 3000 dreams to legislators in our nation’s Capitol. We prayed. We cried. And a dozen of us were arrested.

We dreamed of a day when our legislators are moved in compassion for the 800,000 Dreamers and the 12 million immigrant families in our country.

It was profound — to knock on the door of Paul Ryan and have no one answer, despite the prominent “WELCOME” sign on the door… a metaphor for the immigration crisis in America.

It is a reminder that even though we have a Statue of Liberty saying, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore”… our policies send a different message. Many do not feel welcome here.

Today, we read the dreams of these young Dreamers from around the country. And we poured those dreams, written on notecards, outside the office of Speaker Paul Ryan. We lifted up the dreams, and our prayers to the Lord.

As we were handcuffed, we sang “Silent Night.” It was a holy time.

We’re reminded that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, who entered the world as a refugee, a displaced Galilean, born in a manger because there was no room in the Inn.

It was an honor to be a part of this witness, and to stand with my Dreamer friends today… especially during this season of Advent and Christmas.

Here’s my official statement about today’s action:

“Extreme times demand extreme love. I can think of no better way to honor the Savior we remember this Christmas – born a refugee in a manger – than by going to jail for Dreamers. 
Jesus said when we welcome the stranger we welcome him.”

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