State Forces Victim of Domestic Violence to Walk to Court

Thursday, February 27 I was asked to help interpret for an alleged victim of domestic violence.  The petite, submissive Guatemalan immigrant and mother of two young children was forced to walk to and from court because the State of Georgia deems her unworthy of obtaining a driver’s license.  The State did not offer this alleged victim of physical violence any transportation assistance and since I am taking a DriveFast I was unable to relieve her from the structural violence of Georgia’s anti-immigrant laws.

How do I explain to this battered woman that I could not help her with transportation?  I’ve offered her rides in the past, why would she think that my “pious” act of renunciation would somehow help her need for dignity and protection in the future?

33% of all road fatalities in LaGrange last year involved pedestrians.  I wonder how much of her long walk included walking on roads with no sidewalks?  Should she have used a taxi?  Why didn’t I pay for her taxi?  At $10 round-trip I could have done that for her but for a woman who lives in a dilapidated wood home paying $225/month, $10 is a more significant expense to pay out for every single trip she must take.  So she walks; sometimes clutching her two children by the hand with a prayer in her heart and a hope in her soul. 

Some time ago, I wrote an editorial questioning if African Americans and Latinos were being targeted in LaGrange roadblocks. A white city councilman (and a pawn shop owner) replied, "I don't see the sidewalks filled with folks." Sir, this city has insufficient sidewalks and, furthermore, how far would you walk?
Some time ago, I wrote an editorial questioning if African Americans and Latinos were being targeted by LaGrange police roadblocks. A city councilman (a white, pawn shop owner) wrote a reply that included, "I don't see the sidewalks filled with folks walking."

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