The past two weeks, I found a fellowship among like minded people standing on a corner in our small city in our rural California county. We took a couple hours out of our Saturday morning to protest against our federal government's decision to separate families who cross over the border without the proper papers.
Politics aside, taking children, especially very young children, from their parents was a heartless and unjust move on our government. Yes, the current White House administration said it wouldn't do it anymore, but, without the public light on them, can we trust them to reunite the families.
Last week, about 26 of us stood on the corner. Yesterday, we were more than 80 women, men, and children standing strong. That's a big turnout for our neck of the woods.
For nearly two hours, we heard car horns and saw people in cars waving at us. The people in those cars were like-minded, too. They acknowledged what we were doing and approved it. I hope that they felt like they were practicing their freedom of speech, too.
Most, if not all, of us stood willingly at that corner. It was mostly through word of mouth that many of us knew to come to this corner the last two Saturdays. We needed to do something to chase our sense of hopelessness and helplessness away. With or without signs, we wanted our government and our community to know what we thought.
As we parted, I asked several friends if they felt better than when they arrived. All said yes.
An uplifting of spirits, for sure.
If you'd like to see more photos of our local protest, please click here to view my Facebook album.
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