by Warren Goldstein-Gelb in Announcements, Immigration, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth, Workers' Rights
Posted on January 23, 2009 at 11:33 pm
Last Modified on January 31, 2009 at 4:51 pm
For the past two months, the youth members of Centro Presente and the Welcome Project have been meeting to share their experiences as immigrants, and to discuss the ways in which young people can lead change in Somerville. As a result of these conversations, the youth members have felt inspired to advocate for the Welcoming Massachusetts campaign, and to create dialogues that aim at shifting the negative perceptions or misunderstandings that our community holds about immigrant groups. In the month of December, the youth members gathered at the State House and publicly presented letters to Governor Deval Patrick and President-Elect Obama, demanding fair and just immigration policies. Now, they hope to create dialogues in Somerville to emphasize the positive role that immigrant youth and their families play in their community.
This event is an opportunity for Somerville youth and community partners to meet in person, build community, and discuss how Somerville can become a safer and welcoming place for everyone. At the event, our youth members will present personal stories, and sit in small dialogue groups with adults. We hope you can support our young people by attending their event.
We ask that you please RSVP by emailing Wil Renderos at wrenderos(at)cpresente.org or Maria Landaverde at landaverde.maria(at)gmail.com.
Dinner will be provided.
We look forward to sharing with you at the event.