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A volunteer’s view from Tijuana: The long, uncertain slog to ‘the other side’

Part 2 of 2

Abby Nathanson, who directs a leadership program for Latino high school students and a residential fellowship year for college graduates at Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, spent her Christmas holiday in Tijuana. As described in the first part of this series, Abby is fluent in Spanish and French, and made herself most useful by preparing migrants for the “credible fear” interviews, their first step of the asylum-seeking process.  

Housing, a timely topic

Housing, especially affordable housing, presents a real need in our region. To bridge the gap between what’s appropriate and what’s available, the North East Community Center (NECC) and Hudson River Housing, Inc., have been working together, first with a Community Conversation a couple of weeks ago, and now, with a follow up meeting of their Regional Leadership Team. The goal: to advance housing solutions in northeastern Dutchess County.

A volunteer’s view from Tijuana: The long, uncertain slog to ‘the other side’

Part 1 of 2

Note from the author: This series is based on a long face-to-face interview with Sharon, Conn.,  resident Abby Nathanson, clarifications she provided in response to emailed questions, as well as photos, statistics, and several articles Abby sent to enrich my piece. Finally, my understanding of the asylum process was augmented by news articles on Tijuana and immigration at the southern border.

 

Inhibiting with language

During the Middle Ages, language and the ability to have anything written down, were at the center of power in Catholic Europe. The common man (or woman) was powerless when faced with books they could neither read nor ever hope to afford — each book was original, hand inscribed and illustrated — treasured repositories of knowledge and laws. 

Lost in space

The other night I was watching “Billions” on Showtime. For the uninitiated, as opposed to those who are too embarrassed to admit that they watch it, “Billions” is an extremely exaggerated look at Wall Street, politics and the hedge fund industry. Money, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll on steroids. Recently, the character running for New York attorney general was propelled to victory after publicly announcing that he and his wife were into sadomasochism. OK, maybe it’s not so exaggerated.  

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Resource officer linked to school budget adoption

The Harlem Valley is in the throes of budget season. Not for towns, but for school districts. Last week, most local districts in these parts adopted their budgets. That means they were adopted by their Boards of Education (BOE). This includes the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, the Pine Plains Central School District and the Millbrook Central School District. 

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Thanks to the community

I’d like to thank all the community residents from the towns of Amenia, North East/Millerton and Pine Plains, county and town officials and interested individuals who attended the North East Community Center’s (NECC) 2nd Annual Community Conversations event on April 12. More than 120 people attended the event that is just the beginning of our challenge to address the need for a more robust approach to housing shortages for our local workforce, affordable rents and opportunities for home ownership.