Guest Commentary: The 5 Rules of Recess
By Rev. Beau Underwood
Congress is in recess during the month of August. While many assume they have taken an extended vacation, nothing could be further from the truth. Recess is just as important now as it was when we were kids, but the rules have changed. Here are five things you need to know about the next month to support immigration reform:
If we want to pass immigration reform, then we can’t rest over the next month. We need pastors to talk about the biblical call to “welcome the stranger.” When our representatives hold town halls, coffees, and other events, we have to make sure they hear from people who represent the majority of Americans in support of immigration reform. We must remind our friends of the moral and economic costs of the current system.
Immigration reform is about imagining a better world where children don’t live in fear of their parents being taken away, all our brothers and sisters can fully participate in our economy, and we can better honor the contributions immigrants make to our communities and society.
Unlike the childhood fantasies that we acted out during recess, this break in the congressional calendar is an opportunity to turn our hopes into reality. You can help make that happen by contacting your representative today and letting them know where you stand.
This recess isn’t about fun and games. There’s a lot more at stake.
Rev. Beau Underwood is Director of Campaigns and Advocacy at Sojourners. He also works part-time at a Washington, D.C., congregation.