666 Day XLII – The proverb states “the pen is mightier than the sword” but how about the pencil. As I sharpened mine at the beginning of each day to act as “weapons” against injustice they became shorter and shorter as you can see. The power of the simple act of drawing is worth celebrating, for a picture can indeed be worth a thousand words.
Tomorrow I look forward to attending a webinar by Physicians for Human Rights on the “Family Separation and Reunification Efforts.” These are the details for those of you interested in attending if you have the time.
Each leaf’s a child alone and scared
Taken from the ones that cared
Kidnapped by a soulless state
That wallows in its lies and hate.
How fortunate it is that in our times
Good people exist to fight these crimes
And work to bring back love and joy
To every precious girl and boy.
666 Day XLI
The leaves are now home where they will be loved, and be a reminder every day, not that I need one, of the precious children that they represent who sadly have no home and no parents to love and protect them. With the dedication and commitment however of all those working so hard to reunite the families we can only hope that the day will come when that love and protection will be possible once again.
On Day XXXIX of my 666 journey the final leaf has been drawn but sadly for the separated children and their families their journey is far from over. They have been in my thoughts each day and will continue to be until all the children have been united with their parents.
I would like to thank those of you who have been following my leaf journey since the first day and those of you who joined along the way. Knowing you feel as I do has been a great support and encouragement.
I would also like to thank Jacob Soboroff today for his book “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy”, which should be read by everyone. His telling the story of the children is truly heartbreaking. Take a look at his post on Instagram today Jacob Soboroff where he writes about the book and supporting local booksellers during the pandemic.
Thank you also to Lee Gelernt and the ACLU, and The Physicians for Human Rights for their dedicated advocacy for the children and their families seeking to reunite them and find justice so that those responsible can be held accountable.
‘666: a graphite journey” is dedicated to the children.
Keep them in your thoughts.
666…in progress – Day XXXVI
12 new leaves together with their neighbours,
546...in progress – Day IX – 215 leaves…and the pencils are getting shorter.
Today we learnt that separated children arriving from Central America are being expelled across the border to Mexico with no accompanying adults even though they may have no family there. This violates child welfare laws which require special protection for migrant children traveling alone and is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union. Thank heavens there are good people doing their best to make a difference in a sea of corruption.