The immigration crisis is continuing to worsen along U-S borders, and with a politically divided Congress little is being done to fix the problem.
“I think every letter you write, every phone call you make, every email you send – adds to the voice of reason,” said Rev. Finkelstein of Westport's Unitarian Church.
On July 31st, Rev Roberta Finkelstein of the Westport’s Unitarian Church looked to just that, when she joined thousands of religious leaders and activists from all over the country to protest in Washington, D.C.
With signs and loud voices, they made their request clear: They wanted the government to act on immigration.
“For me personally, this summer it was my reading of the unaccompanied minors,” she said. “And learning something about the way they’ve been greeted, the way they’re being treated, and what they face if they are immediately transported back to their country of origin - it’s just heart breaking.”
Roberta and the faith community view immigration as a humanitarian issue, and they use their power as clergy members to make a difference.
“We had our signs, we had our place to be moving, the people committing civil disobedience didn’t move,”she explained.
In Washington, D.C., protesters can not stand or sit in one place. Instead, they must always be on the move. That day, more than a 100 clergy members purposely decided to stand still, later getting arrested by D.C. police.
“For people in clergy collars to say – I feel so strongly about this that I am willing to take this step and take this risk: It has a strong impact,”
It was an impact that got people talking. And, no matter where you stand on the issue of immigration, Roberta’s story details the power we all can bring to an issue simply by using our voices.