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Education leads to action in Denver

Education leads to action in Denver

Published: August 16, 2011
Jennifer Piper and Immigration 101 8-1-11

Jennifer Piper, Interfaith Organizing Director for AFSC Colorado, leads an "Immigration 101" workshop for students of Something Grown Together, a social justice institute in Denver. For a slideshow of photos, please click here.

Photo: AFSC / Jon Krieg

By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate

AFSC’s immigrant rights organizing team in Denver is good, but their timing? It would be pretty hard to top the rainbow which followed a few sprinkles at the August 1, 2011 vigil outside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado.

The colorful vigil was the capstone event for a group of community members at Something Grown Together, an “autonomously organized social justice institute” in Denver sponsored by Let Us Rise, the Wolcott Family Foundation, and Earth Force.

Prior to the vigil, Jennifer Piper, Interfaith Organizing Director for AFSC in Colorado, walked the students of all ages through an “Immigration 101” workshop. Piper’s presentation included an immigration timeline which listed U.S. laws and practices around immigration. After placing themselves on the timeline around the time at which their ancestors immigrated, people reflected on this history and how it relates to immigration laws and practices today.

Piper also led a discussion of vigiling and how to express their vision of justice nonviolently. After the workshop was over, people hauled out poster-sized sheets of paper and colorful pens to create their messages.

Their signs ended up looking pretty cool underneath the rainbow. (For more about the vigil, check out