To the Editor,
The last week in June I was on Washington Island to hear Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove speak about reclaiming our moral imagination as people of faith. The forum is an annual event sponsored jointly by the Wisconsin Council of Churches and the Christian Century magazine. I knew it would be a challenging presentation. Wilson-Hartgrove issued a call, a national call for moral revival.
Well versed in the issues of segregation, white supremacy and an economic system developed to make plantations profitable, Wilson-Hartgrove called for a revival of justice especially for the earth and for immigrants and asylum seekers.
When I learned about a demonstration on Tuesday, July 2, outside of Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s office in Rochester, I was ready to take action. Conditions at our southern border are completely unacceptable; treatment of human beings held there is deplorable. At the protest, statements of children and teenagers were read. They spoke of being cold, unable to shower, of being constantly hungry, and of not having enough space to lie down. These conditions warrant our moral outrage. The agenda of the protest had three parts: 1. Close the camps 2. Not one dollar for family detention and deportation 3. Bear witness and reunite families.
I urge you to contact Rep. Hagedorn and ask that he visit these facilities to see for himself. You can also download and print a letter at MoveOn.org/closethecampsletter to sign and send to Rep. Hagedorn, 1530 Greenview Dr. SW, Rochester, MN 55902 or 325 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515. He may also be reached at (202) 225-2472. The time is now and the need is urgent.
Pastor Kay Wold