Humanitarian crisis in America

Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam Martino
Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam Martino

Editor’s Letter

In the August 2019 issue of Out In Jersey magazine, we have an LGBTQ ally, a porn star, a couple of singers, and an artist. We have come a long way from back alleys and blacked out windows. But there is still so much more for us to do, not only for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, but for mankind.

We now live in a country where young children are being taken from their parents, and people are routinely being locked up in deplorable conditions at detention camps where there is standing room only. What’s next? Gassing them?

Think about that for just a minute. Imagine fleeing your country in fear because you face being killed or jailed for being queer or transgender. Imagine that that can happen. Where would you go? What would you do? Now imagine you walk from New Jersey to Canada, and they lock you up and put you in a cage. That’s exactly what we are doing to immigrants who are asking for our help and seeking asylum from violent and war-torn countries.

These are human beings who are seeking our help. Meanwhile, Trump continues to issue warnings that a wave of mass raids will be descending upon undocumented immigrants. “We will be removing large numbers of people,” Trump said.

To where? These camps of horror? Many women have said they don’t have the basic necessities such as soap and clean water. They were told to drink out of toilets. Is this really the United States of America?

“We are all outraged by what is going on in the southern border,” said Anna Drallios, an organizer of the “Close the Camps” protest in Harrisburg Penn. “We are here to urge members of Congress to try to fight to shut down all the camps. They have to shut down. People seeking asylum should not be treated as criminal.”

Rep. Madeleine Dean, a Democrat from Montgomery County and a member of the touring group, tweeted:

“The conditions are far worse than we ever could have imagined. 15 women
in their 50s- 60s sleeping in a small concrete cell, no running water. Weeks without showers. All of them separated from their families. This is a human rights crisis.”

Knowing this information about how immigrants are being treated, who are you going to vote for next time? Are you armed with the information you need when you go to the polls?

In this issue: We have an article about the female candidates for President. Read it and know that none of these women would endorse having people locked in cages, and then tell them when they need a basic human essential such as water to drink from toilets.

As I sit here on this 4th of July, I hear a parade in my hometown go by, I wonder when are we going to get back to humanity? We are living in a human rights crisis of epic proportions at the border. We can and must do better.

Sam Martino
Maria Sammartino (aka Sam Martino), is a writer and artist for over 15 years. Maria started at Out In Jersey as the news editor in 2009, and shortly thereafter became the Editor-In-Chief. She has been published in the Philadelphia Gay News, The International Journal of MS Care, and others. Maria goes by Sam Martino because she believes that women are never given a fair shot - and doesn’t want her art or her writing to be judged based on her sex, but on the merit of the work.