While I understand the sentiment that Easter has been hijacked by chocolate eggs and secular bunnies, I confess that I harbor a deep nostalgia for the Easter days of my childhood. Before church, my sisters and I would hunt around the house for Easter baskets hidden in overgrown closets and—on at least one occasion—a mysterious crawlspace. After church, we would then race around the backyard in search of eggs stashed in bushes and under porches. As I look back on these happy times, I see a fitting metaphor for the divine that may in fact partially redeem Peter Rabbit.
On May 1, 2011, join workers around the globe in celebrating International Workers’Day with a march against the attacks on the working class and immigrants. May 1 has been the traditional day of international worker solidarity since 1890, when American and European workers held mass demonstrations to commemorate the May 1, 1886 U.S. general strike that won American workers the eight-hour day. Today, from revolutionaries in Cairo, to protesters in Wisconsin, to day laborers in Portland, workers are continuing to struggle for their rights.
On Saturday, May 14th, the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement (ONSM) will convene the third annual Mother’s Day Vigil at the Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. Any undocumented immigrant who is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in the Pacific Northwest is sent to the detention facility in Tacoma. With Sanctuary Movement colleagues in Washington State, we have held a yearly vigil at the detention center near Mother’s Day to call attention to the impact of immigration enforcement upon families in our communities. Many of the families that we are connected to through the ONSM have first-hand experience with family members being detained at this facility. Contact ONSM for more information at (503) 550-3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.