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The following is a letter of protest

Student Voices: “Under your administration, many of my friend’s families would be deported, never to be seen again. I can assure you that while they may not be citizens, they are every bit as much patriotic Americans, no different from me. And in light of this, I urge you to do what is beneficial for […]

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Do not break the hearts of the children who want to be together with their parents

Student Voices: “Consider the importance of family values and the future of the children, and help them grow by educating them without discrimination and racism. Don’t construct the big wall to divide Latinos from people in the United States, no matter what their color or where we come from.”

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Though I am just a 14-year-old girl caught between two worlds, I would like to offer you some advice

Student Voices: “Though many families do enter the United States illegally, there should be a process for them to correct their mistake in a faster way than is available now. I believe that instead of coming in with drugs and crime, they are coming in with hope, faith, and wonder.”

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My father painted your hotel, and he is an immigrant

Student Voices: “Many other people that have worked for you have similar stories. If you stop immigration you’re not going to have as many people to build your hotels. I wouldn’t try to stop immigration if I were president; I’d try to make it easier.”

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Counselor Orientation ’99

A tale of a Quaker summertime romance.

Pete Dybdahl lives on Long Island, N.Y., and attends Matinecock Meeting in Locust Valley, N.Y.


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Du Iz Tak?

By Carson Ellis. Candlewick Press, 2016. 48 pages. $16.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 4–8. On the opening pages of Du Iz Tak?, a caterpillar, wearing an improbable number of shoes, clambers along the underside of a twig, dangles there by the last two of those shoes, then says, “Ta ta!” and wraps herself into a well-formed […]

Margaret T. Walden is a school librarian, retired from Friends School in Detroit, and now a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting.


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A Bike Like Sergio’s

By Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2016. 40 pages. $15.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 5–8. This is that rare story—a moral tale that’s subtle and suspenseful. Ruben wants a bike. He knows just how a bike would improve his already pleasant, though not opulent, life. On an errand to buy some groceries […]

Dee Birch Cameron is a librarian in El Paso, Tex., whose work has appeared previously in Friends Journal.


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A Year of Borrowed Men

By Michelle Barker, illustrated by Renne Benoit. Pajama Press, 2015. 40 pages. $18.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 6–9. As a child of World War II, born on the edge of London in 1941, I was intrigued by the voice of Gerda, growing up in Germany at the same time. When I was a child, Germans were […]

Margaret Crompton (Britain Yearly Meeting) is a writer and lecturer whose publications include Pendle Hill Pamphlet #419 Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Well-being.


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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

By Margriet Ruurs, translated by Falah Raheem, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr. Orca Book Publishers, 2016. 28 pages. $20/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 6–10. Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey tells the heartrending story of Rama, a little girl whose life changes dramatically. At first, her childhood is delightful. She eats a delicious breakfast prepared […]

Diya Abdo is a native Arabic speaker and associate professor and department chair of English at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. She is the founder and director of Every Campus a Refuge.


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Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

By Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. Groundwood Books, 2016. 36 pages. $18.95/hardcover; $16.95/PDF. Recommended for ages 7–12. A book of poems, in Spanish with English translations, Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds is a poignant exploration in words (by Jorge Argueta) and images (by Alfonso Ruano) of the experience of […]

Ken Jacobsen currently teaches theology and ministry formation at Chicago Theological Seminary. Bilingual from his upbringing in Venezuela, Ken has an ongoing concern for north-south dialogue among Friends in the Americas, a concern he focused on in his years of service with Friends World Committee for Consultation.


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