my collarbones are toothpicks
once dipped in mercury—

the kind that’s found in
secondhand cream, online.

the knuckles on our feet
grow tougher each time a

disappointing phone call
says “grace” amidst the quiet.

the water gets higher, but
flipping the switch is a joke

that reminds you that life
is like waiting at the DMV.

yesterday, a sweater and
today’s sliced peaches—

their sweetness pouring
down sunburned skin.

balancing acts gone bad
like marbles on cats’ heads.

you can go to sleep, and
lock doors without shame.

no one stays out past nine
with paychecks already frayed.

#SaveRAICES Sick Out

I called in sick today with 131 of my coworkers to #SaveRAICES from cronyism, mismanagement, and a paternalistic board who does not believe we deserve an inclusive national search for a qualified CEO.

We are dismayed that Ms. Schroeder does not appear to have any experience in immigration law, civil rights law, or federal litigation, and she lacks the experience of managing a unionized nonprofit organization, which are critical to the operation and success of RAICES

We will not condone backroom deals. Our clients, funders, & community members deserve better. We deserve to have a CHOICE about who runs an organization that represents thousands of our undocumented, migrant, and refugee communities.

The RAICES Workers Union demands the Board rescind Ms. Schroeder’s contract and reconsider the option of posting the CEO position publicly and engaging an executive firm to lead a national search. #SaveRAICES

You can read our full letter here: