This new leg of my Road Trip took me to the beautiful mountain hamlet of Ouray, Colorado to speak at San Juans Summit, a gathering put together by Common Good Christians, a group of progressive faith leaders who want to reclaim their faith –and their vote– from the grip of the hypocritical right. If you haven’t watched my videos with Common Good Christians Executive Director Samir Selmanović, Best-Selling Author and Pastor John Pavlovitz, Entrepreneur and Therapist Heather Lundy, or Author, Pastor, Speaker and Goodness Conspirator Doug Pagitt, please take a few minutes to do so.
I also gave a talk entitled “Vote for the Common Good” in which I outline what I think is the greatest threat to our democracy: the weaponization of the evangelical vote to destroy the gains that we have made for women, the LGBTQ community, and for people of color, and how we must take our country back by defeating this bloc at the polls in 2018 and 2020. This work is essential to reclaiming our democracy and our values and I couldn’t be more pleased to be involved with a group who is working to do just that. Common Good Christians is putting their faith behind a brand new initiative called “Vote Common Good,” which you can find out more about at VoteCommonGood.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/votecommongood and on Twitter at twitter.com/@VoteCommon.
At a gathering of the group in Los Angeles, California, I had the opportunity to speak with the United States Representative from California’s 33rd District, Ted Lieu. Representative Lieu is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base. He is a leader on the environment, cybersecurity, civil liberties and the environment. And if you follow him on Twitter, @RepTedLieu, you know that he is a fierce critic of Donald Trump and a voice for all Americans who are fed up with this administration’s rampant corruption and twisted vision for our country.
Representative Lieu is also an immigrant and a person of faith, and we had a chance to talk about what that means in this moment in America in 2018.
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Big fan of Congressman Ted Lieu. He is interviewed a lot on CNN.
Well, in a rare action, President Trump has reversed his decision to split families seeking asylum in the US. Family detention ain’t great, so now is the time to double down on civil participation (e.g., voting, campaigning, etc.) and demand our government is accountable to “We the people of these United State. Votes count and those who don’t vote simply concede ground to those who won’t work for the common good of all citizens and aliens. Folks appalled with President Trump’s self-inflicted humanitarian crisis were heard over those who supported it. Let us march into the voting booths this November and vote out those who would turn citizens against one another. Cheers!
All hands on deck. Concerned citizens, we need to find creative ways to reunited migrant children lost by our government with their parents.
“A public defender who handles immigration cases said the government has no answers for parents separated from their children at the border — and no apparent intention of ever reuniting those shattered families.
Erik Hanshew, an assistant federal public defender in El Paso, Texas, published a column in the Washington Post describing the nightmarish process parents must go through to find their children.
‘The client meetings have been crushing,’ Hanshew wrote. ‘One man sobs, asking how his small child could defend himself in a detention facility. One cries so uncontrollably, he is hardly able to speak. Question after crying question piles up from one client to the next.'”
This is beyond ridiculous. With all our information technology, we will find these children if enough of us work on it. I hope so.