border identities with jon eng: resources and reflections

For a week, my dear friend and pastor Jon Eng took over my Instagram feed for a series called Bordering Identities. Though I care deeply for the people at the border, I haven’t personally been there myself. But Jon has, and he took a team with him to El Paso to serve and also to learn. Five days after he and his team returned from his trip, the El Paso Wal-Mart shooting happened. Follow Jon @thirdculturevox to check out his feed and all that he’s up to with his multicultural church Gateway Church Pflugerville .

Here are some that books that I recommend. Of course this is sooooo not comprehensive. There’s so much good stuff to read. Go find it and tell me about what you found:
The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora
Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Joes Antonio Vargas
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis
The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border by Franciso Cantú
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral by Gabriela Mistral with foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin

These are a few that I loved because they inspired me to be a better human:
These Fierce Latina Poets Are Not Afraid to Own Their Power, Virgina Isaad for
Javier Zamora Discusses Migration and Citizenship at The New York Times, Harriet Staff for
NPR Latinos Share Their American Immigration Stories for Hispanic Heritage Month: Code Switch, Leah Donnella for

Here are a few that Jon recommends and that need support—again, it’s not comprehensive, but be careful who you trust, and do your research:
El Paso Shooting Victims Fund
Preemptive Love
World Relief

Marcie Walker