Community Briefing & Conversation: Exploring the Intersections of Movements for Immigrant Justice and Racial Justice

Monday, October 21, 2019
9:30am to 12:00pm EDT
True Reformer Building
1200 U Street NW
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Anti-immigrant policies, enacted at the southern border and across the country, are on the rise, creating a climate of fear in our region. As our country becomes increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, we are seeing inhumane practices, including incarceration of asylum seekers and separation of families, that are rooted in racism. We are also witnessing efforts to disenfranchise immigrant communities and communities of color by suppressing voting rights, discouraging access to safety net programs and services, and producing fear of participating in the 2020 Census, in a desire to reduce the power and voice that immigrants have in the democratic process. 
WRAG’s Racial Equity Working Group invites funders and leaders of immigrant advocacy organizations to a special briefing and community dialogue on immigration justice in the Greater Washington region. We’ll hear from a panel of diverse leaders working to advance racial equity in our region by organizing for policy and systems change in support of immigrant justice. The panel discussion will be followed by facilitated dialogues among funders and organizers to further explore how philanthropy can leverage collective power and deploy resources to create just and equitable communities, change narratives, and amplify efforts on the ground. This is an opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing immigrant communities in our region, to deepen our understanding of how anti-immigrant policies are rooted in anti-Blackness, and to explore how movements for fairness and justice for immigrants intersect with movements for racial equity and justice. 
Moderator: Jeanné Lewis, Vice President & Chief Engagement Officer, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Confirmed Panelists: 
Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, Senior Lead Organizer, Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program & Executive Director, Virginia Coalition of Latino – Organizations
Bert Bayou, Chapter Director, African Communities Together
Darakshan Raja, Co-director and Co-founder, Justice for Muslims Collective

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