#sol19 16/31 Serious Dreaming


Photos taken by Melba and friends

It’s been dogging me, haunting me, tormenting me. I turn off all news about our treatment of asylum seekers at the borders.  It’s just beyond my belief in mankind  that it’s happening… and finally I got the call in a dream the other night from a good friend who lives on the border in  Brownsville, Texas and I woke up driven to cook up a plan in real life…

Here’s what Melba does for asylum seekers:

Collects clothing, shoes, toys for asylum seekers, makes back packs of goodies for bus or plane trips, pillows of love, prepares and serves dinner and crosses into Mexico on foot on Tuesdays for asylum seekers at international bridges. and invites her college students to bus station to greet and meet asylum seekers with tennis shoes, shoe laces and sweaters after they are dropped off by ICE agents coming from incarceration with nothing but their clothing on their backs…

and if that isn’t enough…

 Sometimes she bring bus station asylum seekers home to bathe and sleep.

So I’m bundling up my clothes and equipment soon and heading down  to visit her, to see for myself, to dig in, to document her work.  The seeds have been sown on my Thailand Road Trips with Kim White and I need to scratch my save America itch… and capture her work and make it as public as I can…

So stay tuned… I’m in motion…

30 thoughts

  1. Wow. I can’t wait to see what you document, and how it can make the world a better place as a result. Keep me in the loop. Your inspiration to do something will surely inspire others.

  2. Oh my gosh, this makes me feel hope for our world, for our country. I know there is more kindness than hatred and anger. You are an embodiment of it. Can’t wait to follow your journey.

  3. “Scratch my save America itch” and “capture her work and make it as public as I can” are words I love. You are an amazing human, Bonnie.

  4. An amazing woman. So many times people sit and talk about problems and what should/could be done but then end up taking no action. Here is someone who is doing something and encouraging others.

  5. Your friend is a saint, and I’m glad you will be documenting her work and the plight of asylum seekers. Looking forward to your coming posts on a reality that is so removed from our daily classroom stories.

  6. Melba sounds amazing. And so are you. What an impressive endeavor to document this work and ‘scratch ‘your ‘save America itch!’ Taking action rather than just airing discontent is so vital. Looking forward to hear what happens.

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