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Land of the Free? The Immigrant Justice Movement in the South
August 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This educational symposium, produced by Indivisible AVL’s Immigration Action Team, is an excellent opportunity for learning about the issues affecting our local immigrant communities and ways you can help. “Land of the Free?” will be held Tuesday, August 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Lord Auditorium in Pack Memorial Library, at 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.
Featured speaker Azadeh Shahshahani, of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Project South, will give an overview of immigration policy in the United States and look at the issues immigrant communities are facing in Western North Carolina.
As the Legal & Advocacy Director for Project South, Shahshahani brings over 10 years of experience in anti-Islamophobia work and defense of human rights in the immigrant justice movement. Her work at Project South has launched new programming based in local, regional, and global initiatives. Azadeh has worked in the Southeast to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
Joining Shahshahani will be Alan Ramirez, a community organizer for the local non-profit Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA). CIMA focuses on connecting, strengthening and organizing communities to take action for the rights of immigrants in Western North Carolina. His work in WNC focuses on providing Know Your Rights workshops that invite folks into the movement. CIMA supports families who are caught up in the criminalization and deportation system.
An open discussion will follow the speakers. Spanish translation will be available.
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