Texas prison choir keys in on redemption

As he strokes the keys, Maurice Castillo remembers.
E flat. The fire.
B flat. The gang, the drugs.
A G-chord. The murder charge.
The 28-year-old prisoner pecks out his redemption in a major key, with the confidence of a man who’s been reborn.
“This is what it took for God to get my attention,” he tells the congregation, his prison whites pristine under the bright light of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. “But I give God all the honor and the glory because my pain is gone.”
The Father’s Day crowd is small in this Sunnyside house of worship, where 10 Texas prisoners are sharing their testimonials and songs during a rare venture into the outside world.

Vigil becomes protest as outrage grows over separation of families at U.S. border

They marched through ankle-deep rain, holding signs that half-disintegrated in a Houston downpour: “Families Belong Together / Familias Unidas No Dividas.”
About 200 people gathered east of downtown Sunday for a “vigil for separated families” organized by state Sen. Sylvia Garcia and the immigration advocacy group FIEL Houston.
As rain snuffed out the prayer candles, the vigil became a protest outside a vacant warehouse slated to house more than 240 children who may be separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border.