Today 77 years ago we placed 120,000 men, women and children (most of them US Citizens) into internment camps

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt made an Executive Order that would place people of Japanese descent into isolated camps. Many of them had family members who were fighting in the war against Germany and the Japanese and yet, these families were stripped of all their possessions, herded like animals into camps that were surrounded by barbwire and treated like criminals. There was even a camp at our Merced Fair Grounds.

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Community, belonging, the tribe and the prison

I am reading “Tribe” on homecoming and belonging by Sebastian Junger… interesting read on the deep need to belong and the countless stories of wartimes where people in deep destress and fear where happier then during peace time. Where people almost longed back to the chaotic times because it pulled them together into community since they needed each other.

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Labor Day - thank you to our staff and supporters!

Labor Day - I could only find pictures of manual labor and yet, when I look at our employees there is so much more than their physical labor! They have deep conversations with people looking for jobs, they listen to the broken hearted, they give resources and empower community members, they care for children that are often overlooked, they work on the garden to feed others, they work together to clean up graffiti to make their neighborhoods better... they do so much more.


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