“No Pandemic or Epidemic can stop a Parent for wanting to hold their Child, or a Child wanting to be held by his or her Parent.”
April Lee is Peer Parent Advocate in the Family Advocacy Unit (FAU) of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. She’s also a poet, who does readings throughout Philadelphia. She wrote this for the lawyers in the FAU. Those lawyers – and Ms. Lee - fight to keep families together in the place that tears them apart at the highest rate among America’s top five cities.
She wrote it for the lawyers. But everyone should read it:
Advocacy has changed in the face of this Pandemic; so has, Life itself. I believe that our Job is more Crucial than ever. Millions of voices are going unheard.
It is Great People like You; that are bringing truth to the ears, that are able to hear. It is You, that brings focus to a picture, in front of those who cannot see. These truths are often simple ones.
Truth: That no Pandemic or Epidemic can stop a Parent for wanting to hold their Child, or a Child wanting to be held by his or her Parent.
Truth: That Six Degrees of Separation, feels like 1000 miles of lost and pain; and that " Six Degrees Of Separation", can create years of distance, making it hard to close the gap. The Gap: Created by people who have never known the hopeless feeling that stems from being truly separated.
My Hat comes off, to every one of YOU who are building a Bridge for families to come together; even though they are apart.
It is people like you that reminds me that " the struggle continue yet, Victory is certain".
I APPLAUD YOU, FAU