Our workshops are very experiential and use a lot of Popular Education, and Theater of the Oppressed. Please feel free to give us a call to talk about what you’re looking for. Please Contact Jordan Garcia (jgarcia@afsc.org) for more information.

 Detention Workshop/ Joe Gets Detained:

Explore how conservative trends that support the interest of wealthy corporations and banks exploit and profit from working families in the U.S.  Further examine how these same corporations and banks scapegoat our immigrant communities. Then learn and brainstorm what you can do locally to fight back against this greed!

Globalization & Migration:

Many of us recognize the importance of a focus on root causes in any discussion of immigration, and especially of a focus on neoliberal globalization.  But if you’re like us, you have a hard time explaining what “neoliberalism” is – much less explaining how it impoverishes and displaces people, fueling immigration.  Maybe you know that NAFTA has destroyed the livelihoods of millions of Mexican farmers, but what are NAFTA’s policies? What are the economic theories behind those policies? And how did those policies lead to farmers losing their land and immigrating to the US? And how do we make alternatives to the “Washington Consensus” a central part of the movement for immigrant rights?

Citizenship Board Game:

You might have heard people say that U.S. immigration policy and the immigration system is ‘a broken system’, but this board game is an easy way to learn more about how the immigration systems works. This board depicts the many road blocks that prevent immigrants, migrants, and refugees from obtaining citizenship, and the ways in which the U.S. immigration system exploits and dehumanizes our communities. 

Post board, instructions, and cards for online access, as well as crediting the makers of the board game)

What’s Immigration got to do with Queer Liberation:

Immigration continues to be a volatile discussion, with anti immigrant sentiment from Colorado often taking the main stage. At times, those working for immigrant justice struggle to include or understand the nuances of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) immigrants. Often the fact that there are immigrants in LGBTQ community is over looked by our movement leaders.  Using popular education exercises, we’ll explore the history of immigration and the challenges LGBTQ immigrants face.  Most importantly, we’ll discuss what each of us can do to create a more just society we’d all like to live in. 

Immigration History 101:

This interactive workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore their own families’ immigration story as well as gain a deeper understanding of the laws affecting our current immigration system. Only with a clearer understanding of our nation’s history will we be able to move forward creating immigration policy that reflects our values.

Non Violent Resistance:

This Non Violent Resistance workshop is tailored to your group’s needs. Our timeline activity helps you explore the rich history of nonviolent direct action in the United States as well as the creative tactics used. Other activities will get your group on the same page with the philosophical underpinnings necessary to carry out a cohesive action together. We can also explore how to identify a target, the theory and practice of escalation, and direct action planning. For folks interested in a little extra skill building, we also offer direct action roles and responsibilities, legal observing and security and marshal training.

Citizenship Privilege, Showing Solidarity and Allyship:

To quote Christine Chavez, Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter, “No movement for justice has ever succeeded without allies.”  To bring about immigrant justice, we’re going to need everyone’s’ participation to create a strong immigrant rights movement. Often we’re invited to explore our male privilege or our white privilege; here we will explore our citizenship privilege and how we can best support the leadership of immigrants in our movement. We’ll work to unpack our road blocks and move towards being the best darn allies we can be.

Media and Messaging:

You’ll refine your message to come across clearly whether you have 10 seconds or 3 minutes in this interactive experiential workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to practice your new skills developing message, answering tough, unwanted or hostile questions and delivering a confident and clear message.

The Legal Way:

“Why don’t people just get in line?” “Why don’t they do it the legal way?” These are common questions. This workshop explores who we allow to get in line, how long the line is and whether everyone has access to a legal way. We examine current laws through small group activities, board games, and personal testimony examining the cost and consequences of immigrating through each of the 6 ways available.

How To Facilitate An Immigration 101 Workshop:

Have you ever wondered if YOU could do an entry level workshop on immigration? Including immigration history and "the legal way" and all the important basics? Do you feel like you know enough about immigration and people who are impacted by our broken system, but are unsure how to help others understand the bigger picture? In this workshop we'll share the methods we use to gauge a group and lots of participatory activities. We’ll walk you through how to plan and execute a successful popular education workshop and how to engage all kinds of adult learners.  Equipped with a menu of activities you can pull out of your hat and tips for navigating through nightmare facilitator moments, you’ll feel confident and prepared to guide a group grappling with immigration and other social justice topics, too.

Immigration and the Drug War:

How has the drug war and immigration enforcement impacted our communities? To what extent are drug policy reformers and immigrant rights advocates working together?  Get a deeper understanding of how we can be in solidarity to push back on the criminalization of our lives and families.