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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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Defending the Vulnerable

As two Southern California leaders living out CCD in our communities, we are intimately aware of the issues surrounding the broken immigration system. Robert is both an immigration attorney and professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Erica has worked in youth development in South L.A. and currently mentors student activist. Together […]

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Set the Captives Free

Set the Captives Free

Mobilizing Christians to End Mass Incarceration by Miea A. Walker, MSW and Rev. Dr. Shawn Casselberry The United States calls itself the land of liberty yet we have more people incarcerated than any other nation. Christ came to set captives free yet many Christians do not see ending mass incarceration as a discipleship priority. This […]

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Locked in Solidarity

The beginning of a new year can be a time of reflection – for most. A fresh start or clean slate to make resolutions, to recommit to the work we are doing, the opportunity to begin again. But for many in our communities, the impact of incarceration looms regardless of new seasons. Men, women, and […]

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Camino Devotional 11: August 30, 2016

LECTURA: ISAÍAS 53:2b-4 (NVI)2 No había en él belleza ni majestad alguna; su aspecto no era atractivo y nada en su apariencia lo hacía deseable. 3 Despreciado y rechazado por los hombres, varón de dolores, hecho para el sufrimiento. Todos evitaban mirarlo; fue despreciado, y no lo estimamos.4 Ciertamente él cargó con nuestras enfermedades y soportó nuestros […]

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In Legacy of César Chávez: Robert Chao Romero

Inspired by César Chávez and the Chicana/o civil rights movement of the 1960’s, I am walking El Camino to declare that Jesus loves and cares for immigrants, and that our broken immigration system desperately needs to be reformed.   On March 17, 1966, Chávez and the farmworker community embarked upon a famous march from the […]

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Bethany Anderson: Why I am doing El Camino

In 2013, I had the opportunity to participate in a public display of solidarity with my immigrant brothers and sisters on the lawn of Congress in Washington DC through the Fast 4 Families. I was almost a decade into my journey of understanding our broken immigration system in the context of the predominately Mexican neighborhood […]

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Felicia Graham: Why I am doing El Camino

This summer has been bittersweet. The bitter part of this summer has been losing family members. My Uncle Greg, my Tio Agustine, and my cousin Norma all passed away within weeks of each other. At my Tio Agustine’s funeral, I had the honor of meeting my 96-year-old Tia Concha. I also learned that my Tia […]

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A Call for Unity in the Body: Dominique Gilliard

I am participating in the CCDA Camino because I cannot apathetically watch families be torn apart, laborers economically exploited, and entire people groups dehumanized and depicted as criminals. In the midst of such darkness, the Church is called to bear witness to the light, who is Jesus Christ. Christians have a moral responsibility to hold […]

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Andy Krumsieg: Why I am doing El Camino

What made you decide to do El Camino? When Noel mentioned the idea of El Camino last year at the CCDA conference, I sensed a nudge of the Lord to do it. Also, I am white male living in an African-American community, and I have very little interaction with immigrants of any kind. I do […]

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