Building a bigger fence may play well around the cable-TV studio desks where pundits gather to yak in faraway New York and Washington. But down in El Paso, it's a foreign concept.
For Ferrarini and other international members of Teatroaperto, including myself, the theater -- as the stage for Europe's unfolding Mare Nostrum challenges -- can at least provide for a safe, healing and creative space, as well as a historical and narrative context, for such stories to be voiced and heard.
Whether a person is in "your" country legally or not, whether a person is living in occupied territory or settled land, whether a person is from Asia or from Europe -- people are people with no exceptions.
Don't let your elected officials succumb to the pressure of a few hypocrites/bigots with loud microphones. Hear these immigrants out the same way that this nation's Indigenous people heard this nation's white ancestors out. That's what the Wilberforce Act requires.
Republicans really can't help themselves -- when they see an opportunity to irritate the Latino electorate, they go for it with gusto.
Months ago, PlayCollective and the Children's Media Association produced an exchange between industry executives and academics on "bridging the gap" between these fields, toward incorporating research insights into media content for kids.
Night after night the news reports break our hearts. Scores of unaccompanied migrant children are warehoused on our borders. Teenagers -- Israeli and Palestinian -- are brutally beaten and killed as the Middle East conflict escalates. And the epidemic of gun violence takes 11 young lives over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago alone.
After nearly a century of fierce and condescending resistance, mainstream American culture has caught World Cup fever and is now just as infected as the rest of the world.
How will America pass this test of character -- this test of our liberty, community, and equality? The clearest step we can take is to demand our liberty, community and equality at the polling place.
Twenty three years ago, I sat on a shuttle bus from the airport and cried en-route to our apartment in a new country on the other side of the world.
While experts strive to stem this immigration surge, one fundamental cause shouldn't be ignored: the Vatican's refusal to respect the rights of all women to make their own childbearing decisions.
As we reach the halfway mark of 2014, the world's oldest democracy still struggles with the basic notion that the United States was founded, developed and enhanced by immigrants, owing much of its success to the hard work and sacrifice of the generations that came before us.
Over sixty five million people in the US, perhaps a fifth of our sisters and brothers, are not enjoying the "unalienable rights" of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" promised when the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.
I believe that by moving culture, you create space for politicians to enact policy; sometimes good and sometimes not so good. In this case, we know that the work of these artists will only uplift this nation for the better.
This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.
If we relied on Washington policymakers for hope and change, we would be feeling a lot of despair right now. Fortunately, many of us know that true hope and change comes not from elected officials but from "we the people."