I am so proud of Lisa for all her efforts lately. Over the past couple of weeks she has been researching and writing to elected leaders to encourage their support for defending the rights of people everywhere. She has inspired friends across the country to get involved, too.
And this past weekend, she spent each day with hundreds and then thousands of protesters at the San Francisco airport to voice support for visitors, immigrants, refugees and lawful permanent residents targeted for their religion.
That sign? Oh yeah, Lisa's grandfather (Lázár Andor) was the Minister of Justice for Hungary in the 1930s. After the Soviet invasion, he and his family were declared enemies of the state. Andor lived out his life under house arrest, slowly going blind as he was denied medical care. His eldest son, (Lisa's uncle, George) spent five years in a Russian prison. Her father escaped and was granted political asylum in U.S.
Some of the parallels of the Hungarian refugee crisis and those of today are striking. For more take a look at "Refugees Follow the Path of Hungarians Who Fled Soviets in 1956"