I would like to invite you to a community event to support Somerville’s Immigrant Families!
WHEN: Thursday, May 8th from 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Capuano School Auditorium, 150 Glen St, Somerville, MA [map]
The recent raids at the Pilgrim Pride poultry plants that garnered nationwide media attention only underscore the fact that future Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids are imminent. Throughout the Greater Boston area including in Somerville, these raids, although not normally large-scale one-day operations, happen regularly and often under the radar. As a City with a vibrant and active immigrant community, we need to be prepared to support families directly impacted when raids happen in Somerville. We also need to step up our efforts in strongly advocating for a more humane discussion of immigration policy in our State that recognizes the important contributions immigrants have made and continue to make in MA.
On Thursday, May 8th, the Somerville Human Rights Commission, Centro Presente and Voices Inmigrantes of Somerville – Somerville Community Corporation, are organizing a community-wide around these issues. During this event, we will screen a powerful and emotional film, “Detained”, produced by Jenny Alexander and Michelle Fuentes, which follows two young families that were devastated by last year’s federal ICE raids in New Bedford. Afterwards, we will hold a discussion on how Somerville should prepare for future raids and on the recently launched Welcoming Massachusetts campaign.
I hope that you can join us on May 8th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Capuano Early Childhood School at 150 Glen St, Somerville, MA. [map] If you can make it, please send an email to the Human Rights Commission at email@example.com. Thank you!
Ify Mora , Co-chair, Somerville Human Rights Commission
Barry Rafkind, Somerville Human Rights Commissioner