Musings from Alongside a Border –
Last week the Marguerite Casey Foundation invited 400 people from across the country to travel to Los Angeles. The Foundation had created a space for sharing and collaborating on a national platform for all of those families who have been typically ignored by the political powers that be. For three days, Americans who think seriously and responsibly about our possibilities as a nation shared struggles, ideas, and resources in a conversation that crossed gender, race, and culture.
Elsa Gonzalez was one of those who perhaps journeyed the furthest to reach the meeting. Elsa lives in Green Valley Farms, a community of about 1,000 people deep in the heart of south Texas. Although she had spent her entire adult life struggling—successfully—to raise her family, and although she had often offered a hand out to neighbors in need, she was new to the experience of community organizing. Read On>>