Do you wish you understood more about why our U.S. immigration system is broken and how it can be fixed? Just register by the Sept. 4 deadline for the exciting class, “Immigration as a Moral Issue”, which will be held at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2146 E. Johnson St. in Madison, on Sundays from Sept. 18 through Oct. 23. This class will be open to the general public and space is limited, so make sure you register as soon as possible before the Sept. 4 deadline.
The six Sunday classes, which will run from 2 to 4 p.m., will cover:
- Sept. 18–The Underlying Causes of (Im)migration
- Sept. 25–The History of Immigration and Racism in the US.
- Oct. 2–The Global Economics of Immigration
- Oct. 9–Security, Enforcement and Human Rights
- Oct. 16–Who Benefits from a Broken System
- Oct. 23–Seeking Humane Solutions.
The classes will be facilitated by Leila Pine, a human rights worker who spends her winters working with immigrants at the Arizona-Mexico border through No More Deaths, an award-winning human rights and humanitarian aid group.
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“I taught two of these courses in Tucson and many of the students said it was truly a life-transformative experience for them,” Pine said. “They had no idea until they met and spoke with the immigrants, how many hundreds of thousands of immigrant families have been permanently torn apart by the skyrocketing deportations of people who have lived and worked here peacefully all their lives, without any criminal record, while paying taxes and contributing to our economy. Our country’s immigration policies have turned immigrant parents into criminals and their U.S. born children into orphans.”
Field trips to Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee and Centro Guadalupe in Madison, to witness and hear the powerful, personal stories of immigrant families who have lost loved ones through increased deportations, will be offered as part of the class. Guest speakers will include Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera; Salvador Carranza, President of LUChA; and other Latino community leaders from Centro Hispano, Lilliam Post of Centro Guadalupe, Fabiola Hamdan of Joining Forces for Families, immigration lawyers and local law enforcement. This will be a great opportunity to get all your questions answered by experts.
Space is limited, so register with Elizabeth Barrett before Sept. 4 through the JRUUC office at 242-8887. The cost of registration is $15 to cover handouts and readings, and checks should be made out to JRUUC, with “Immigration Class” written on the memo line of the check. Scholarships are available for those who can’t afford the fee. For more information contact Elizabeth at the James Reeb office, or Leila Pine at firstname.lastname@example.org