January 18, 2019: A 12-hour teach-in aims to educate about the plight of migrants and the consequences of detention, among other things.
Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, was headed to the airport in El Paso, Texas, last October after delivering a keynote at an education conference, and she was angry at herself.
Manning, who teaches English and math to children from immigrant families and recently resettled refugees in Washington state, was a mere 30 minutes from a detention center in Tornillo, Texas. At the time, about 2,800 immigrant children were being held in a veritable tent city – children like the ones she had spent the last seven years of her life helping transition to the U.S. – and she hadn't even thought to go there to protest their reported living conditions.
"But what would that do," Manning asked herself. "One single educator going to the gate of a child detention center? That really wouldn't be an effective impact on the situation because it's a dire situation."