Cropped photoshopped copy of Unveiling The Statue of Liberty- 1886 - by Edward Moran

My Home is a Sanctuary

My partner’s family sought political asylum in the United
States when he was a child

Rebels marched his family out of their country at gunpoint.

My partner became a U.S. citizen 20 years ago.

He proudly votes in every election.

Because of Trump, my partner is now afraid for his family and
because of Trump’s white nationalists, my partner is a target.

We are these words, these words are US:

 “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


Photograph of a drawing of our lady if Guadeloupe sheltering San Francisco
My Home is a Sanctuary


(c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved – Revised September 2019




32 thoughts on “My Home is a Sanctuary

  1. My heart breaks for all those who live in fear; I’m ashamed that we dare call ourselves the “land of the free.” Change is coming. I have to believe the people are going to stand up to our terrible President. We have to be a people of compassion. I’m so very sorry for your partner and his family.

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    1. We are the land of the Free. We’re also the land of slavers. Our democracy is still emerging from feudalism and a feudal mentality that places property and property owners above human rights and the rule of law. Americans didn’t achieve true class mobility until the mid 20th Century. My partner and I discussed the comparison between today’s teen gun control advocates and the freedom riders of the 1960’s. He said that he feared for the kids and I agreed but pointed out that one can’t be safe AND take a stand against fascism. It doesn’t work that way.

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  2. Robert I am so sorry about all you have to go through, along with your partner. I have a hard time with watching what your government is doing and how it effects, and will possibly effect, so many people not just in the US but all over the world. You are a leader in many ways and your influence will and does help many. Keep going my dear!

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  3. Love and prayers for your husband/partner and his family. Noticed that Matthew was one of your key words. Matthew means gift of God. We named our son Matthew and affectionately call him Mateo (as we live in So Cal which used to be part of Mexico).


      1. I cannot imagine. I know what it feels like to be helpless though and afraid and I do not want that for ANYONE. All of the innocent deserve safety and refuge. We all deserve that

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      2. We are so wealthy in the United States that the many of us truly believe that all bad things can be banished with positive thinking.

        It’s ‘spin’ as psychiatry.

        We don’t seem to understand that people can’t think their way out of true physical hardship.

        If you’re hungry you will think about food. If a bomb destroys your home and kills your family you will think about loss and pain.

        You can’t ‘spin’ your way out of trauma and physical abuse.

        You can’t ‘spin’ your way out of destitution and disability and homelessness.


      3. I see the bumper stickers. I see the ignorant and entitled. They have no IDEA what it feels like to lose everything and feel helpless and hopeless. I have slept in my car. I have eaten nothing but bread. I have been sexually abused. And NONE of that compares to the atrocities and horror that are happening in syria and other countries right now. “Peace” cannot happen in the face of truly evil who only wish to harm and destroy others. Peace bumper stickers. We can wish there were peace. But happy thoughts, like you said, do not put food in starving children’s mouths or bring back their families who have been slaughtered. Something must be done NOW

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  4. Dear Rob,

    Thank God that you live in a sanctuary city that is beautiful and has a federal justice ready to take on DDT.

    Your story about your partner is very moving. In the USA, no one should live with the fear that he is experiencing.

    Most of us are more fearful under DDT’s WH and it is not because of immigrants.

    I feel like we are moving towards resembling a third world country which is a lot less expensive to run but I don’t want to live there.

    I think I’m moving to San Francisco.

    Major Hugs, Gronda

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    1. No. Not everyone. My ancestors were forcibly brought here on slave ships. African Americans are not immigrants. Despite what Ben Carson says. My people had sanctuary in Africa. That’s our true home.

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      1. Fair enough. But my point is that none of us are “from” here, unless Native American. This discussion wasn’t about race, or slavery. It was about attempting to deny others access to America, by people who are primarily born of immigrants. And, I get your point, but I know many people who are of African descent who actually have immigrated to America. In fact, the co-worker I eat lunch with every day is an immigrant from Mali.

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      2. Many of my co-workers are African but I want to clarify that they willing came here as opposed to African Americans who were forced to be here. I made my point so I will not respond to other comments.

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      3. I heard your point. No response necessary. Wasn’t trying to poss in your wheaties. Simply voicing my displeasure about denying sanctuary to immigrants when we are PRIMARILY a country of immigrants. That’s all. I’m sorry for what your ancestors faced. Mine didn’t exactly have it easy. Your ancestors are not the only people to have ever faced undue persecution, slavery, or death. Peace to you.

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      4. I understand and respect your point.

        My point is that San Francisco takes the stand of giving sanctuary to anyone who seeks it. This is not unlike the backlash that took place when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. This backlash ultimately led to the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery.

        The history is a fascinating read:

        In the years following its passage, northerners learned crucial political lessons from the act, lessons that fueled their resistance to slaveholders’ power and led directly to the Civil War.

        First, the Fugitive Slave Act disabused northerners of the notion that slavery was a distant institution. For years, northerners had deluded themselves into believing that they bore no direct responsibility for human bondage. The Fugitive Slave Act, by contrast, demonstrated that slavery’s existence required complicity and cooperation from Americans everywhere.

        The legislation also reminded white northerners that slavery ultimately rested on a foundation of violence. Many northerners, prior to the 1850s, were willing to believe that enslaved people were, as southern whites insisted, happy with their lot, and that slaveholders rarely required the lash, pistol or noose to maintain their authority. Here, too, the Fugitive Slave Act deprived white northerners of their illusions by confronting them with spectacles of violence in their own backyards.



  5. There is hope on the horizon. I saw this New York Times article. Everything #45 does is against the Constitution. People are rising up including Judges. All his efforts will be blocked. Keep protesting in whatever way possible.

    Judge Blocks Trump Effort to Withhold Money From Sanctuary Cities


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