Since I’ve been back home, I’ve been looking for ways to stay involved with the work I was doing in Europe supporting refugees. If I were still in Europe, there are plenty of things I could be doing in any number of camps, but since I’m back in the United States my options are limited. There just aren’t very many refugees here, which is part of what I wrote about.
I figure the best thing I can be doing from where I am is pointing my words at people who don’t yet understand the severity of the situation. I’m planning to write my congresspeople (more on that soon), but I also want to get the word out more broadly. I contacted my local newspaper and asked if I could submit a column. The editors at the Tacoma News Tribune were very gracious and helpful, and I got a piece published.
Big thanks to Matt Driscoll, Matt Misterek, and Cheryl Tucker at the News Tribune for their help in making this happen. I spent a little extra time on this piece and I’m pretty proud of it.