My ancestors were immigrants, like most everyone I know. My paternal great grandparents came from a tiny village in Greece called Anavrati. Papou, my great grandfather, was a Greek orthodox minister who Americanized himself into a methodist minister once in the States. He met my great grandmother in Coney Island, New York after they arrived here. One of their sons, John Londis, was my grandfather. He only recently died at 97 years old, having served undercover for the Pentagon for much of his career as head of communications at the nuclear bunker constructed for Congress on the grounds of the Greenbriar resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. His son, my father, became a Seventh-day Adventist minister, serving a diverse and vibrant 3000-member church outside of Washington, D.C. throughout most of my childhood. Throughout his rich life, my has father visited the sick, helped the poor and needy, and provided comfort to literally thousands throughout his life. When I reflect on what these two men have contributed to the richness of peoples' lives, to my life, to the U.S. economy, and to the overall goodness of our world, I am moved to continue the pursuit of immigration reform and advocate for the just treatment of immigrants.
Immigration touches me personally, and I care about it deeply. The long tradition of welcoming immigrants, helping them make this their home, and enjoying the benefits of the energy, diversity and life they bring to this country breathes life and vitality into our communities. Unfortunately, that tradition is in jeopardy.
I became involved in ILAP for these personal and political reasons, and for many more reasons. ILAP helps immigrants navigate complex legal system and bureaucracy, and it works to reform unjust laws and laws that have negative, perhaps unintended, consequences—and it does this work with compassion and purpose. ILAP’s work allows our immigrant friends - my family, your family, my friends, your friends - to find a meaningful place in our communities and contribute their talents to our state and our economy.
Please give whatever you can to ILAP’s Open Door Campaign for Immigrants - $10, $20, $50. I have donated $200.00 to this initiative, and will continue to give throughout the year. Anything you can spare will help. Thank you for reading my page, and please stay connected with ILAP!