Separation of Immigrant Families


The full letter sent to local press in July:

"In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of controversy about our government’s

policy to separate children from their parents when families cross our southern

border seeking asylum and a better life. These events feel like a defining moment for

members of the Monadnock Interfaith Project, a local non-profit that unites people of

all faith backgrounds, and the unaffiliated faithful, to work for social justice within

our communities.

The treatment of these families has put a spotlight on our values, our fears, and the

way in which power is used for and against the interests of various communities.

We observe activities within and outside our government that seek to lessen our

sense of kinship with fellow humans born outside our nation’s borders. Our sense of

justice and common humanity is offended by the idea of innocent children being so

deeply traumatized.

Those who claim these families are threats would have us believe that these

desperate people crossing borders have a great deal of power over our lives.

Monadnock Interfaith Project believes that it is very important to cultivate clarity

about power, who wields it, and how.

Power, the ability to get things done, is not in and of itself bad. Power can create

chaos or harmony in our lives and communities, depending on how it is used and

shared. We can, and we must, use our power well. Our power is in our numbers, our

voices, our daily choices, and our votes. When we exercise that power, we need to be

clear about our values and interests.

Many Americans agree on values like opportunity, fairness, security, ingenuity, and

hard work. Yet we are experiencing a great deal of turmoil over ideas about how to

secure these values for ourselves and our children, and who is included in the

community that builds and shares in the future we envision.

As people of faith we find common ground in a vision of peace, security, and

opportunity. We must take care of each other, especially the children, and unite to

build a future that provides for us all. We pray, bear witness, and speak out in support

of all families who are seeking peace, security, and opportunity.

Sarah Harpster

On Behalf of the Monadnock Interfaith Project Guiding Council"

Tom Bassarear

David Blair

James Duffy

Charlie Gibson

Joanne Fenton

Len Fleischer

Tom Julius

Stan Long

Jane Meneghini

Pamela Parrish

Sandra Whippie

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