Jeremiah Jaynes, a leader with Down Home North Carolina, a People’s Action affiliate, delivered these comments before fifty thousand people at the #FamiliesBelongTogether march in Washington, DC on June 30, 2018. Click on the image below to hear the speech.
My name is Jeremiah Jaynes, and I grew up in the country: back on a small farm in Waynesville, North Carolina. We grew tobacco and raised chickens in the Appalachian Mountains. I have five younger brothers and sisters, and my dad is a carpenter.
We moved around a lot as a child because it was hard to find a house that we could afford. If we couldn’t find a home to rent, we would camp in the woods. Sometimes, my only option for a bed was a door put across the front seat of the RV.
When I was a kid, I didn’t see the big picture: I used to think immigrants were a burden on the economy.Continue Reading...