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Why I joined an 8 hour sit-in at Gov. Abbott’s office and was arrested

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On Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) threatening the freedom of 124,000 young adults in Texas and 800,000 nationwide.

This is one of many reasons I joined in with hundreds of activists May 1 for a sit-in occupation of Governor Abbott’s office. 

Why did I participate in shutting this space down by blocking the doors? Why was I one of 24 committed souls arrested for criminal trespass?

What I did was not heroic or particularly laudatory. I sacrificed little. Actions like this are the least I can do. I am very clear that I am one of the most privileged people on the planet.

I intend to use my privilege to expand the inalienable rights of my fellow human beings, who are my neighbors regardless of artificial borders. I intend to follow the leadership and guidance of the immigrant community, who are under indecent siege and unconstitutional attack. I intend to merge into the committed, clear, organized youth leading this liberation movement.

Early on in his sacred activism, Gandhi realized that signing petitions and participating in the established systems was not going to cut it in the struggle for liberation.

He came to the awareness that if we are not willing to put our bodies on the line we will never achieve our God-given dignity and freedom.

It is vital that people of privilege are willing to put their bodies on the line. No oppressed people have ever secured their rights without this sacred community covenant. Now is the time. Today is the day.

Soulfully,

Rev. Chuck Freeman

Chuck Freeman is the founding minister of Free Souls Church in Round Rock and can be found online at www.freesoulschurch.org.

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