Ecumenical Advocacy Days

March 23, 2010

This past weekend I participated with LIRS in Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD), a weekend long conference where people of faith gather around a specific topic.

This year’s topic? Migration.

Appropriately so, the weekend included participation in a rally for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. On Sunday afternoon over 200,000 people filled the Capitol Mall, coming together and advocating for the issue of fair and humane immigration for ALL.

In the end, a very cool weekend. LIRS was a big presence at EAD, hosting two different discussion panels and providing opportunities for conference goers to engage with stories of refugees.

Throughout the weekend I got a chance to meet a lot of very passionate young people. I really enjoyed meeting other recent college grads and sharing our experiences of learning and growing that we have encountered this first year out of school.

Below are some photos from the weekend. I will narrate as you scroll through them!


Photo #1: William, Checago, and Shahriar sit while fourth panelist, Guy, tells his story.

Photo #2: LIRS Director for Outreach, Tara Mulder, moderates question and answer time with panelists.

Photo #3: LIRS panelist, Guy, shares his story.

Photo #4: LIRS ambassador and advocate, The Rev. Linda Theophilus.

Photo #5: “Stop Deportation Now” sign held up by a child at the rally for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Photo #6: View of the Capitol Building from the middle of a crowd.

Photo #7: Marching with banners.

Photo #8: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” Matthew 25:35

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