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, 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?
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.
Sara Crippen, an AFSC Iowa intern, describes her desire to continue work 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.
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.
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.
[From Wendy Vasquez} This movie has really impressed everyone who has seen it. We have showed it twice at Trinity UMC. This is the movie that documents what happened to a Virginia community that adopted a restrictive anti-immigrant law similar to the one proposed this session in Iowa.
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