Despite the novel’s popularity – and Spain’s apparent willingness to reflect on a conflict that left more than 800 people dead – the adaptation has not been without controversy. Two years after Eta dissolved itself, and almost a decade after it renounced the armed struggle for independence, the wounds it inflicted remain as raw as they are deep.
The author says his geographical distance has yielded two benefits: not only has it given him perspective, it has “let me know what other people think of one’s own country – which is always instructive”.
• I am not a vicar. I used to be one; but I retired more than five years ago. On Sunday mornings nowadays I sit with my wife on the back pew of our local church, carefully avoiding her sharp right elbow, which is always poised to dig me in the ribs if she thinks I am about to make a comment. Like most of the congregation, I dress casually.
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Then in 2012 as the election drew closer, the DREAMers seized their opportunity. “We told Obama’s right-hand man, we can’t wait,” Saavedra says. “There are people in this room with families in detention centres who are being deported.”
Beasley opted not to address the judge before the sentencing. He listened to the verdict with his head on his chest, sitting in a wheelchair he uses for back pain. Beasley’s co-defendant, who was 16 at the time of the crimes, was too young to face the death penalty. Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on his conviction last year.
However, most Sundays I find myself fumbling about on the organ, since the parish can’t afford to pay for a proper organist; and for this I dress equally casually. From time to time I am asked to preach and preside at the eucharist, which I enjoy doing. On those days I wear a black shirt and a dog collar, and robe in the appropriate vestments: alb, stole, chasuble. I do not consider that these vestments confer on me any particular status, or that they make me any more important than any other member of the congregation: they are simply what a priest wears as a focus for what is happening at the service. They are also countercultural, reminding people of the otherness of what we are doing. I could preach or celebrate the eucharist just as well in shirtsleeves, and have done so many times at informal events in the open air or in people’s homes: but not on Sundays at my local church.
The defense also called a psychologist, John Fabian, who testified that Beasley suffers from depression, alcohol abuse, low self-esteem and a feeling of isolation, all possible results of a troubled, abusive childhood.
When he came to apply for university to study classical piano, Saavedra discovered that undocumented students were also not eligible for the reduced tuition fees that apply to students attending state-run colleges within their home state. “If you are undocumented you have to pay the out-of-state fees – so $18,ooo to $20,000 instead of $3,000 to $5,000,” he says. “My father was a janitor and my mum a domestic worker. I realised I wasn’t going to university.”
The Church of England tradition is one of tremendous flexibility. The discussion at the general synod about the wearing or non-wearing of robes was no big deal. It was simply legalising what has become common practice in the expression of that flexibility.
Beasley, 53, was convicted of teaming up with a teenager in 2011 to use the promise of jobs on a farm to lure them into robberies. Three men were killed, and a fourth who was wounded testified at Beasley’s trial.
People still look to the church for relevant and radical challenges to issues of social cohesion, poverty, inequality and justice. At least vestments enable congregations to know and identify who the presiding minister is.
Saavedra has since been granted US citizenship, but the words “undocumented and unafraid” continue to be the slogan of a larger group of young people who take their name from the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. The act – which would create a pathway to citizenship for loba negra epub undocumented young people – was first proposed to the US senate in 2001, but in November it became a key issue in the presidential elections.
“I was very upset about the victims and very angry that a group of people organised themselves and took up arms to force their project on others – and that that was applauded by a part of society,” he said.
Carol Beasley testified that her son had a troubled childhood and suffered physical abuse by his stepfather. She also said she learned within the past year that her son had been sexually abused by neighborhood youngsters.
The survivor, Scott Davis, now 49, testified that he heard the click of a gun as he walked in front of Beasley at the reputed job site. Davis, who was shot in an arm, knocked the weapon aside, fled into the woods and called the police.