Fight Poverty, Not Immigrants

By Matt Davies (Mexico) News of President Obama’s call for more federal funding to tackle the “humanitarian crisis” of child migrants has attracted a lot of media attention. The US Department of Homeland Security has apprehended 52,000 unaccompanied child migrants crossing the border since last October. What seems to have driven the recent increase in…

Unheard Voices

by: Julia Sick (United States) We are in the small room in the basement of the shelter we work at in Queens. The heat is turned up too high and as usual there is at least one dead cockroach in the corner this Wednesday when I arrive to prepare for our adult knitting group and story garden.…

Scared of Hope?

By: Diana Skelton (France) One very hot summer, we had been running a Street Library painting workshop in a community garden outside a New York City housing project. Karen Hart remembers a boy named Harold there: “He spent two weeks on the outside of the garden watching us before joining us. He was a quiet…

Watch My Cart

by Mary Rudge (United States) It is my home. In it is everything I own. I have no one to turn to, I need something to return to, It’s my cart. On the sidewalk I’m alone I sleep beside it, care for what’s inside it. Nothing a thief would choose, I’m sure yet I’m more…