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#SanctuaryEverywhere - a poem

Acting in Faith  |  By Lucy Duncan, Feb 7, 2017

March for Humanity - #Sanctuary Everywhere by Jeff Fazio

Photo: Jeff Fazio / Jeff Fazio

This was one reading among many at the rally before the March for Humanity - #SanctuaryEverywhere in Philadelphia on Feb. 4th, 2017 against the Muslim ban and recent immigration decisions. 

Will you harbor me? Will you keep me safe?

Will you shelter me as the gales of injustice pelt me with abuse?

Will you be for me a temple, holding me sacred, seeing that I hold God?

When the police stop me at a traffic light, will you take the gun from his hand?

When ICE agents come for me in the middle of the night, will you block the door?

When they poison my water, will you offer me a clear stream?

When they take my land, cutting the earth with a black snake, will you stand in the way?

When they try to pull my hijab from my hair, will you stop their hand?

When I am in prison, will you visit me and break down the doors?

When they tell me who to love, will you make a home for my lover and me?

When they build the wall, will you knock it down and build a bridge?

We thousands gather in city streets, in town squares, in schools, in churches and temples.

We grab each other’s hands, create a web stronger than fear, reaching across borders and fences into each other’s lives

The tsunami of white supremacy is here, the earthquake of hate is coming for us

Let us tie ourselves together in a supple net of resistance

Let us offer sanctuary everywhere 

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About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She blogs, organizes Quakers to work for justice, and has helped create AFSC's Sanctuary Everywhere stream of program work. She has been instrumental in the adaptation of Quaker social change ministry as a tool for reclaiming Spirit-guided social change work focused on companioning those most impacted by injustice. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience.

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About Friends Relations

Lucy Duncan works with other AFSC staff to foster strong relationships between AFSC and Quakers.

Lucy is AFSC’s Director of Friends Relations. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Sophia is the Friends Relations Fellow this year who works closely with Lucy. She is a recent graduate of Guilford College where she majored in Sustainable Food Systems and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.