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The Hands That Built This Country We're Always Trying to Keep Down

The post's title is the closing line from Bruce Springsteen's "This American Land."

"They died building the railroads, they worked to bones and skin. They died in the fields and factories, names scattered in the wind. They died to get here a hundred years ago, they're still dying now. The hands that built the country we're always trying to keep down."

Thanks to like-minded people in Marin County, the Marin Rapid Response Network was created to lead an effort to defend our immigrant communities. You don't have to be anyone special to join this fight. You just have to believe that our fellow Marin residents shouldn't live in constant fear. Then you just need to do something about it.

One thing you can do is to bear witness. Learn how to be a legal observer and help document ICE operations when they happen to gather evidence that could be used to free someone from ICE custody. We are sponsoring a training on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Canal Welcome Center. (That's across from the Civic Center at 30 N. San Pedro Road, Suite 250.)

Legal observers don't need any special background. They don't need to be bilingual. They don't need to be superheroes. They bear witness. They report. They support. Maybe they are superheroes.

Want to sign up? You can do it via Facebook here.

Watch "This American Land."