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Being a sanctuary city is more than proclamations, rhetoric.

Sanctuary: a place of refuge and protection — Merriam-Webster dictionary.

In February, I had to travel to Birmingham, Alabama for work. I’m a fairly seasoned traveler and normally have no qualms taking trips to places I have never been. But post-election and particularly with the travel ban, I found myself feeling apprehensive about traveling to the South.

I expressed my concern about “traveling while brown” to my partner and he reminded me Birmingham just passed a resolution to be a sanctuary city. To his credit, I felt better about going. I took comfort in knowing that the city government had taken action.

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