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Bearing Witness

Rabbi Susan Talve, of the Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, recently returned from Guatemala.
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The southern border of the U.S., along with the people who live somewhere beyond it, can seem far removed from the St. Louis region. But for local Rabbi Susan Talve, who recently returned from Guatemala, the difficult situations facing many of America’s southern neighbors feel more urgent than ever.

“I have been to the southern border, to shelters in Mexico,” she wrote last week in the St. Louis Jewish Light, “and recently to Guatemala to witness the human suffering, the injustice and the part American policy continues to play in the instability and migration in the global south.”

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Talve about her observations during her trip, which took place as part of a Global Justice Fellowship run by the American Jewish World Service.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 6, 2011 - Those who know me would scoff at the notion that I am politically correct. I'm a big fan of what Harry Truman called "plain speaking," and thus tend to communicate in frank language with little regard for the delicate sensibilities of the fashionably effete. It does not upset me, for instance, that the NFL franchise representing our nation's capital is named the "Redskins." Mea culpa.