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).
Ten years ago on April 28, Jeany and Ray were married in Des Moines, Iowa. Just a few days after the ceremony, Ray stood in line at three in the morning in Omaha, Nebraska to receive his residency. “That was it!” says Jeany, referring to how easy it was to get residency for her husband back then. “You stood in line, filled out the paperwork, and you were done. It’s not like that nowadays.”
Rosa's situation is different from that of other people here today at AFSC Iowa. She is here for her husband. As a native of Dallas, Rosa is surrounded by family in the United States. Her husband is not. He came from Mexico 14 years ago.
Raul’s story began in Adrian, Michigan picking tomatoes. Raul came to the United States in 1985, seeking what he thinks everyone else was hoping to find: opportunity. He came with the hope of finding a better life, not only for himself but also for his family.
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:
[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.
Rev. Liana Rowe’s involvement in Arizona’s immigration controversy began when members of the state’s religious community heard reports about corpses of immigrants being found in the desert near the Mexican border. Soon she was drawn into debates over racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, measures that turned immigrants into criminals under Arizona law, and the range of issues involving law enforcement, employment, and services for the thousands of people who cross the Mexico-US border each year without authorization.
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