Tuesday, August 9, 2011

One great way to promote understanding of the U.S.-Mexico border

As part of its commitment of service to the U.S.-Mexico border, Annunciation House, a volunteer-run homeless shelter that has offered hospitality in El Paso for over 30 years, also operates a Border Awareness Experience (BAE) program. That program hosts student groups from across the nation, allowing them to live in one of the shelter facilities for a week. BAE participants learn about the Juarez/El Paso community, the border, and immigration from a variety of perspectives through hands-on experiences. The experiential approach is transformative, promoting the participants' improved understanding of issues that affect, not only the border, but the nation.
A new opportunity invites you to support border education. A newly-appointed BAE coordinator, a young woman who has already contributed two years of full-time volunteer leadership at Annunciation House, now looks forward to her third year of service in this new role. She is building a Borderlands Library to augment the BAE program. The lending library will allow both participants and the volunteer staff at Annunciation House greater access to excellent borderland publications that are not otherwise readily available. 

In a related proposal, the program director is also offering to host movie nights that will screen relevant videos to interested participants for viewing and discussion. 
Here's where you can step in to promote border education. Visit the extensive Amazon.com wishlist of books and DVDs that would be great additions to this nascent library. Take a look, and if you are so inclined, go ahead and contribute a copy of one of the books/DVDs on the list. It's easy and quick to do.

The wishlist items can be arranged by both priority and price, facilitating the process of discovering the gift you'd like to contribute. Of course, the program is also very open to receive any other books/DVDs/resources you'd like to offer. Used books are also fine, particularly if they are in good condition. 
Again, the link to the Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/2T36LWEKXVLPL
Your contribution to Annunciation House at  www.annunciationhouse.org  is also always welcome, too.

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

SALON.COM : Serious studies confirm that Tea Partiers are long time Racists and Republican Partisan Bigots : They are older, white conservative Christians - "Compared to other white Republicans, Tea Partiers had a low regard for immigrants and blacks long before Barack Obama was president, and they still do

"Past Republican affiliation is the single strongest predictor of Tea Party support today."

"The role of race is nothing new. A New York Times survey as well as a University of Washington study found Tea Party members more likely even than other Republicans to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people, that the Obama administration favors blacks over whites, and to blame black disadvantage on the shortcomings of black people, rather than on the legacy of slavery and discrimination".

Serious Studies confirm that Tea partiers are mainly Old White Racists and Old Republican Bigots.

Getting to know the Tea Party
It's the GOP's white conservative base in silly costumes. Why couldn't the media figure that out sooner?
By Joan Walsh
Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011


Some excerpts :

Scholar Robert Putnam, best known for his study of American atomization in "Bowling Alone," has produced new data on the Tea Party and it's being billed as a shocker. Sit down before you read this: They are older, white conservative Christians "who were highly partisan Republicans long before the Tea Party was born."

Not surprised? Neither was I, but the research is actually fascinating. Putnam and Notre Dame's David Campbell tracked the role of faith and politics for their last book, "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us." They went back to look at attitudes toward the Tea Party among 3,000 survey respondents for the paperback edition, and wrote an Op-Ed in Wednesday's New York Times.

Is it only about having a black president? Um, that probably doesn't help. But it's worth noting that these are the same people who've been fighting the Democratic Party since the days of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and the beginning of the War on Poverty, almost 50 years ago. They associate those long overdue social reforms with giving folks, mainly black people, something they don't deserve. I sometimes think just calling them racist against our black president obscures the depths of their hatred for Democrats, period.

Their far-right religious zealotry is an old story too. We act as though the separation of church and state was a question settled by the Founders, but from the country's earliest days many Americans believed that only white Protestants are qualified for democracy. There's a through-line from the evangelical Protestants who burned down Catholic churches and convents in the 19th century, who believed in a religious test for American citizenship, to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his evangelical-Christians-only Christapalooza in Houston last weekend. Perry's preacher friends include Catholic bashers who'd make Lyman Beecher proud. We've been fighting this impulse for a long time.