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.
By Jennifer Piper, Interfaith Organizing Director, AFSC Colorado Immigrant Rights Program
Denver Justice and Peace Center invited me to present and facilitate a workshop discussing how US foreign and domestic policies encourage immigration but punish immigrants with more drastic and inhumane enforcement. Fifty people attended the workshop and brainstormed together the root causes which compel people to leave their birth country. We examined the US government’s impact on trade policies, wars and discrimination abroad.
By Jordan Garcia, Immigrant Ally Organizing Director, AFSC Colorado Immigrant Rights Program
In late January, Jennifer Piper of AFSC and I presented a Solidarity and Allyship Workshop for 40 people at the Unitarian Universalist (UU) “Social Change in a Multicultural World” gathering. The gathering hosted UU members from the Rocky Mountain and Desert Region. We started out discussing a graphic depicting the “Web of Oppression” and the “Four I's of Oppression” (Ideological, Institutional, Interpersonal, and Internalized).
AFSC Colorado has recently been involved in several presentations and interactive workshops on immigration at Regis University in Denver. Gabriela Flora, AFSC Project Voice Regional Organizer, was on a panel with our newest AFSC Colorado Area Program Committee member, Tania Valenzuela, one of two undocumented Regis students who shared their stories and challenged the university, students and community at large to become more involved.
Here is the link to the article on the panel that was on the front page of Regis’ weekly newspaper:
Jennifer Piper on Children and Deportation on KGNU
Jennifer Piper, Interfaith Organizing Director for AFSC's Immigrants Rights Program in Denver, and Judith Marquez of Rights for All People, join host Claudia Cragg in discussing "The Children of Deportation" on KGNU radio. The show begins with two young people describing their situation.
Jennifer Piper of AFSC addresses a press conference.
Part of a series of INTERACTIVE DIALOGUES ON IMMIGRATION FOR PEOPLE OF FAITH
With Jennifer Piper, Program Director for Interfaith Organizing,Immigrant Rights Program, AFSC Colorado Area Office
Dialogue allows people to bring fundamentally different assumptions to the table, and helps to create an atmosphere in which a group uses the richness of each person’s view to reach a place of new understanding.
The past year has been one of challenging adjustments and creative problem solving as AFSC staff and volunteers became used to having fewer people and resources to rely on. However, the AFSC community gathered for a joyful celebration of what the organization continues to stand for.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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