Archivo para la categoría:Debra Gittler

Palabras de Inauguración Forrando Paz

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Dic 6, 2018
Buenas noches. Muy brevemente quisiéramos concluir esta inauguración con unas palabras de agradecimiento. Cuando Debra y yo nos conocimos hace dos años, quisimos demostrarle al país que las organizaciones pro paz podían ganar mucho uniendo sus esfuerzos y recursos. Nos parecía en aquel...

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The End of Temporary Protective Status

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Ene 10, 2018
  I’ve been told, though I’m not completely sure it’s true, that: Salvadorans make up the largest minority demographic in the DC area. the staff that cleans the White House consists of a large number of Salvadorans. One of the wealthiest Salvadorans, located in the DC area...

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A piece of Chicago in El Salvador

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Oct 2, 2017
Two days ago, I attended a Publication Celebration in Apanteos prison in El Salvador. Ten days ago, I attended a Publication Celebration at Division 10 of Cook County Jail in Chicago (CCDOC). Wow! In both places, the writing process is the same. In each class session, Authors read together...

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31 stories in 10 weeks.

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Abr 18, 2017
It’s like walking through a dark tunnel with your arms out, reaching for the closest object to hold on to so that you don’t fall. Like being blindfolded from the moment that you get out of bed until it’s time to go back to sleep at night. … They don’t even know that I’m in...

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ConTextos Comes Home.

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Ene 20, 2017
For the past six years, I’ve always felt torn. I had work that I loved with an incredible team in El Salvador. But my family and sense of home was always in Chicago. In the past 18 months, as my father declined and I was pregnant and I spent more and more time jumping back and forth between...

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$178.75

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Nov 21, 2016
As the holidays approach, we all have the family themes that provoke some angst. For me, it’s the cousin who always asks: “When are you going to get a real job, Debra? Don’t you need to make a salary?” He doesn’t understand the basic model of a non-profit. Yes. I make a salary. And...

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Why support international development when the USA is in so much trouble…?

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Nov 12, 2016
Ezzie and I left the States for El Salvador Wednesday afternoon. I had joked that "if things didn't work out on Nov 8, this would be a one-way ticket..." But being away doesn't feel good at all. I cried in the airport, questioning what I was doing leaving the United States to work in another...

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A writing challenge:

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Sep 18, 2015
Can I write a cohesive blog entry that links two announcements, gratitude and respect for an organization and idea, and timely link to the holidays? Shana Tova. This week, as El Salvador and Central America celebrated independence, we also celebrated the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah. I joined...

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The world is small enough now…

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Sep 7, 2015
you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land Read the entire poem here. The lines of this poem haunt me. I think of the little boy washed ashore. Of thousands of faces at a train station. Of young people who walk through the...

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Still grateful… now on the flight to El Salvador.

Por Debra Gittler. Fecha Sep 3, 2015
I made a last minute change of plans and decided to travel direct from Tel Aviv to El Salvador (via New York and Atlanta). I miss ConTextos and am tired of reading about what’s going on. I need to feel it. One thing has been bothering me since my last blog post: the difference in population...

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