From Gaza to Ukraine to the US-border, we are reminded of how interlinked our humanity and histories truly are, and of the importance of global citizenship—speaking out against injustice and war wherever it may be.
However, it is the 57,000 unaccompanied children streaming to the US border that hits particularly close to home for us, especially JASS Mesoamerica. Unfortunately, this exodus of children comes as no surprise. Just imagine what it means to live in Honduras, a country with a fragile government and the highest murder rate in the world.
When violence is the norm and schools are struggling, and when the pressures of organized crime bear down, fleeing offers the only hope for the future. The only surprise is how long this took to become a headline story.
This has become a humanitarian crisis and a powerful history lesson, with its roots spanning decades—from the US-backed overthrow of a democratically elected government in Guatemala to the funneling of billions of dollars in security aid that ultimately reinforces corrupt governments and breeds violence. The lasting economic effects of
“free trade” that devastated farming and other small industries have left this region struggling and shredded the social fabric.
This unraveling of the social fabric is precisely what the community organizing and network-building that JASS and our partners do, works to solve. We seek to weave new communities that sustain and support women leaders and their families, and build networks that both amplify their voices for justice and serve as a safety net against violence. It is only through building these communities, locally and globally, that we sustain hope and resist war.
As always, we thank you for your support and solidarity.
Lisa VeneKlasen & the JASS community