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Welcoming the Stranger

Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday”
Selma to Montgomery march, a historic moment for our country
as brave individuals marched toward the Alabama capital to fight
for the civil rights of African Americans to vote in the South. This
effort was met with violent resistance at the Edmund Pettus
Bridge as state troopers used teargas and nightsticks to beat
back the marchers.

This moment caught national attention and was instrumental in
passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which banned racial
discrimination in voting, and also helped pave the path for many
justice movements that continue to this day.

Whether our fight is for racial, economic ,or environmental justice,
we are committed for the long haul to resisting the forces that
disenfranchise communities and seek to limit the rights of people.
As we remember Selma and continue our march for immigration
reform facing the resistant forces of today, we must remember
the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “The arc of the moral universe
is long, but it bends towards justice.”

In faith,

The Sojourners Immigration Team

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