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Camino de Sueños: From Detroit to DC

Dear Familia, Since launching CCDA’s Camino de Sueños in Detroit on October 5th, 2017, I have been amazed at how powerfully I have sensed feelings of kinship and connectedness with others who are committed to walking with Dreamers until a new, clean Dream Act is passed by Congress. In November, 2017 I traveled to over […]

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Locked in Solidarity and Reservoir Church

In the winter of 2015, a group of eight people gathered one evening during a blizzard at the chapel of Reservoir Church to hear the story of a friend of a friend who had been incarcerated. He shared about the trauma of separation from his family, the psychological toll of prison life, and the way […]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is domestic violence awareness month. One in four women will suffer domestic violence in their lifetime according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). While domestic violence happens in every community and affects all people regardless of race, age, gender, religion, or socio-economic status, I was an unlikely victim. Raised on an Illinois […]

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CCDA and Education Equity

I am the product of a private, 12 year Catholic education generously made possible by my aunt who was a former elementary school teacher in Cuba. When I started school, I spoke only Spanish and found no sympathy or consolation from my teachers in this English-only setting. This was par for the course on the […]

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Locked In Solidarity

Hebrews 13:1-3 reminds us to remember the prisoner as though we ourselves were in prison. We are told to remember and to identify with those who are in prison, waiting to be released, hoping to not be forgotten by those from whom they are separated. In our CCDA communities, we recognize the effects of mass […]

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DACA has been rescinded

Dear CCDA Familia, It is with deep sadness I share the news that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been repealed. President Trump had the opportunity and the power entrusted to him by the American people to value human lives over political campaign promises and keep DACA in place. This misguided decision to […]

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Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga

Dear Brothers, Sisters, Allies: Yesterday morning, July 24th, Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo la Roca de Poder Asambleas de Dios was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles.  Pastor Carias: Is an Evangelical Assemblies of God Pastor Is married to a US Citizen with two citizen children ages […]

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Hispanic Evangelical Leaders Send Letter to DHS Secretary Kelly

In celebration of Pentecost Sunday national leaders request meeting and seat at the table around immigration security & policing Hispanic Evangelical leaders from four national organizations: Esperanza USA, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, the Christian Community Development Association and Bread for the World sent a joint letter today to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly. […]

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John-Mark Hart’s Story

For a couple of decades I’ve been watching my friends and neighbors suffer due to our nation’s broken immigration system. I was slow—inexcusably slow—to join the work of changing this system. But over time the accumulation of painful memories became too substantial for me to ignore, especially the memories of my friend José. About nine […]

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I walk for my son

We walked into the apartment and the air was thick and stood still. Everyone sat frozen, avoiding our eyes. His sister stared at the television, his step-dad worked vigorously at a spot on the table. His mom was the only one… eyes locked. “Ven, siéntate, necesitamos hablar,” she managed. He grabbed a banana off the […]

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Chauncey Shillow’s Story

Abre tu boca por los mudos, por los derechos de todos los desdichados.” — Proverbios 31:8 I met Evelyn when she walked into my theatre class five and a half years ago. At that time, I did not know how much she would give to me, those students, or their school. Now I know that […]

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Brad and Kim Bandy’s Story

We’re in a world where phrases like ‘elevator pitch’ and ‘return on investment’ land deeper than business plans and seep into our spiritual beings. We find ourselves surfing the waves of social issue to social issue—trying to stay afloat, never letting ourselves be immersed with the understanding that every ‘issue’ is made up of the […]

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