Every year, Out Boulder County honors three outstanding members of our community with the Clela Rorex Allies in Action Award, Jack and Jean Hodges Big Hearts Award, and the Ignite and Inspire Youth Leadership Award.
Would You Harbor Me? Thoughts On Sanctuary and Immigration
by Rev. Alicia R. Forde, Out Boulder County Board Member
“Would you harbor me? Would I harbor you?” So asks Sweet Honey In The Rock in their song of the same title. It is a genuine question of the individual, yes, but also of a nation. Would you, the United States, harbor, provide safe haven, refuge, sanctuary for those “yearning to breathe free?”
Recently, our nation has seen its people rise up in unparalleled large-scale movements like the Women's March, protests in airports opposing Islamaphobic travel bans, and the "Day Without a Woman" strike set for today, March 8th, to coincide with International Women's Day.
We learned yesterday that the Department of Education will no longer enforce Title IX to defend transgender students, with agreement from the new Secretary, Betsy DeVos. This decision comes under heavy pressure from Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice. The broad reaching effect of this choice goes much further than just bathrooms; this change ends all rights and protections afforded to transgender youth under Title IX.