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Education leads to action in Denver

By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate

AFSC’s immigrant rights organizing team in Denver is good, but their timing? It would be pretty hard to top the rainbow which followed a few sprinkles at the August 1, 2011 vigil outside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado.

The colorful vigil was the capstone event for a group of community members at Something Grown Together, an “autonomously organized social justice institute” in Denver sponsored by Let Us Rise, the Wolcott Family Foundation, and Earth Force.

Vigil in Solidarity with Detained Immigrants

Monday, August 1, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Jennifer Piper addresses press conference.

Jennifer Piper of AFSC addresses a press conference.

Did you know...very close to your own home, thousands of hard working immigrant mothers, fathers, students and community members are detained every year? Join Us as we reflect on our Vision for….. Human Dignity, Justice and Peace.

Regis Students Engage with Immigration Issues

By Gabriela Flora, AFSC Project Voice Regional Organizer

We have been strengthening, expanding and deepening our relationship with Regis University in Denver. The panel, workshops and class project AFSC has partnered with Regis on have provided important mechanisms to work with students and faculty to educate about, bring light to and work for change on immigration issues.

Jordan Garcia on Life and Activism

Jordan Garcia, Immigrant Ally Organizing Director with AFSC in Colorado, recently talked about his life and work with Jon Krieg of AFSC’s Central Regional Office. Below is an excerpt. See further below for the link to the full interview.

Jon Krieg: You mentioned earlier your work on behalf of transgendered people. Can you speak about your own experience and how that might impact your perspective and thoughts on working as an ally for immigrants?

AFSC Immigration Film Series

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 6:00pm - Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

AFSC Immigrant Rights Program invites you to three film screenings at three locations in New York City and Newark, NJ. Please see attached PDF flyer for more information.

Immigrant Freed From 19-Month Detention

Banner outside detention center

A "Not 1 More Deportation" sign hangs outside the Northwest Detention Center

Detained immigrants on hunger strike are protesting ongoing deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and inhumane conditions at the for-profit detention center.

On Tuesday, for the first time in 19 months, Pedro Guzman left Stewart Detention Center, a privately run facility where he was housed while fighting deportation. The Lumpkin, Ga., detention center is one of many run by Corrections Corporation of America, a prison giant that believes its next major market is immigrant detentions.

On Track for Justice: An AFSC Intern Goes the Distance for Immigrant Rights

If you want to catch Sara Crippen, you'd better lace up your track shoes. Tight.

A 2011 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and a member of the Central track team, Sara served as an intern during the spring semester with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines. Every Tuesday afternoon, Sara assisted Jody Mashek, IVP Legal Services Director, with walk-in hours. With a beaming smile, Sara offered a warm welcome to immigrants seeking a variety of immigration legal services, including family reunification.

abUSed Film to be shown in Des Moines

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 7:00pm

Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting will be showing the documentary, "abUSed." about the Postville raid by ICE, and we invite you to attend, and to extend the invitation to anyone else who may be interested. Discussion and refreshments to follow.

Immigrants and Allies Call for Change at Nashua Rally

More than one hundred people, many of them local immigrants, rallied at Nashua City Hall yesterday to demand an end to immigrant deportations and an end to cooperation between the Nashua Police and the federal agents who enforce immigration laws.  

Joselyn Villavicencio

Joselyn Villavicencio

Joselyn Villavicencio, a 10-year Nashua resident, worries that deportations can separate children from their parents. 

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