I have just returned from a joint effort with our partners at No More Deaths, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and faith leaders and advocates from across the nation to drop life-saving water along migrant trails in the borderlands.
The temperatures were in excess of 100 degrees, the air was dry, and there was little shade. It was physically demanding. But with each step we took, we were walking with a heartbreaking awareness of the hardship of those for whom the desert is the only choice they can imagine. We also walked with awareness and gratitude for those who provide water and other aid week after week, some of whom have been criminally charged for their just and compassionate acts.
In addition to charging humanitarian aid workers, we have evidence that some of the federal law enforcement officers have slashed water containers or poured out water or food that has been left. It is our deepest hope and prayer that the water we left, with messages of love, empathy, and encouragement written in Spanish, is what migrants will find—not the hateful and cruel and unmistakable message conveyed in water containers intentionally destroyed.
We know that we can—and must—do better.
This weekend was not an act of civil disobedience; it was an act of defiance. Sixty faith leaders looked the Trump administration in the eye and said “No” to the abject cruelty that has been shown to those crossing the border. We won’t give up and we won’t give in; I know you won’t either.
Mary Katherine Morn
CEO and President