Standing up

ICYMI: On Monday, Elin Errson, a 21-year-old student in Sweden stood up on an airplane, and refused to sit down until action was taken. This simple act of standing up, and standing her ground stopped the deportation of a 52-year-old asylum-seeker to Afghanistan, where his life was at risk.

I have watched this video twice today, and both times, it got me emotional. Because, again, like so many of the stories highlighted already — in the face of these major global crises, the actions of individual people standing up for humanity, is so powerful. For the full story, and brief version of the video, see the New York Times coverage here. And for her full live-streamed video, here.

To read what you can do, in terms of helping those around you in your travels, especially when it comes to ICE in the US, please check out this list of possible life-saving options.

And if you need a reminder of the traumatic effect that ICE has had on asylum-seeking families — especially those who were separated at the border — a reporter from the Atlantic (aired on this American Life) shares with you the experience of one mother and her 5-year-old son being separated.

Thank you, Elin, and thank you in advance to all those willing to stand up ❤

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