April 24th, 2012 by mmlindsey
In a Gospel spirit of service and solidarity, we accompany the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. We place ourselves among these poor so as to live our faith and transform our understanding of what constitutes more just relationships between peoples, countries, and economies.
Mission Statement, Annunciation House
Things have been quiet here at mmlindsey over the past six months and we have missed posting, we have missed you! We want to thank all of you who have encouraged us and worked alongside us throughout this pivotal time of transition and reconstruction of the Amigos organization.
For nearly four years now we have been growing in love, friendship and solidarity with our friends and neighbors in Juarez. We proudly call them our family, our compadres. Thankfully, we are not alone; we are not the only ones who have chosen to stand alongside this incredibly valiant people, we are not the only voices rising up out of the dusty Borderland.
Annunciation House, based in El Paso, is one of these voices. This is a well-rooted and steadfast ministry serving both in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Since the late 70’s, Annunciation House has been reaching out to “the poorest of the poor” in the Border region, with a passionate focus on immigrant through their homeless shelter. Since their beginning, over 100,000 immigrants from over 40 countries have been ministered to by over 600 volunteers from the U.S. and 12 other countries.
Ciudad Juarez has been ravaged by brutality beyond comprehension, compounded by the silent neglect, the inching away in the darkness. We cannot ignore the flagrant oppression of our brothers and sisters in Mexico or neglect them any longer; we must act. 10,000 individuals have died in Juarez since 2008, over 50,000 in Mexico. Annunciation House is dedicating the entire week to remembering the victims of this senseless violence, their voice rising up from the earth on behalf of so many anguished souls calling out for all of us to remember, to take action. They began this past Sunday by hosting a press conference to kick off a weeklong vigil, projecting the names of each one of the 10,000 victims on the side of their building in downtown El Paso. Every night this week they will continue the vigil along with the projection of the names and images. The week of remembering will end with a forum on immigration and a Solidarity dinner honoring Javier Sicilia, one of Mexico’s most famous poets who is now a powerful activist and crucial voice for the oppressed in Mexico. (Sicilia was also one of Time Magazine’s persons of the year, 2011.)
Our love and support goes out to Annunciation House. Please pray for their voice to ring out loud and true this week.
One comes to appreciate the reality that there can be no we and they in our lives, but only brothers and sisters all sacred and dignified.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
|“What my son did was give a name and a face to the 40,000 dead. My pain gave a face to the pain of other families,” said Javier Sicilia.
Photo courtesy The New York Times article, Violence Suffocated a Father’s Poetry, but Not His Voice