By Gabriela Flora, Regional Project Voice Organizer, AFSC Colorado
This spring, AFSC was invited to show some of our digital stories from “Borders Lifted, Voices Raised” and provide background information on immigration issues to parents at a bilingual middle school in Boulder. The bilingual school has confronted racist threats to students recently. The invitation to AFSC was part of a parent and administrative effort to raise consciousness about immigration issues.
I accepted the invitation and encouraged the planners to include the local immigrant youth group Boulder VOICE in the event. The result was a powerful evening, starting with a potluck, where five of the AFSC ally and immigrant digital stories were shared. VOICE members and I shared background information and their experiences around immigration. Three Latino parents shared their experiences coming to the US, the challenges they face, and their hopes and dreams.
According to one of the organizers of the event, "The feedback I am getting from the planners and attendees is very positive. People were deeply moved by the experience. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and experience, and for encouraging all of us to react with love to those around us."