Community Briefing & Conversation: Organizing for Immigrant Justice in the Greater Washington Region

Monday, October 21, 2019
9:30am to 12:00pm EDT
True Reformer Building
1200 U Street NW
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Every day, we see targeted efforts to limit the rights, diminish the dignity, and harm the lives of immigrant communities, especially those of color. Separation of families, incarceration of asylum-seekers, suppression of voting rights and census participation, restricted access to safety net services, and other policies and practices rooted in racism attempt to reduce the power and voice that immigrants of color have in an increasingly diverse democracy.   
WRAG’s Racial Equity Working Group invites funders committed to social justice and nonprofits advocating for immigrant rights to a briefing and community dialogue on immigrant justice in the Greater Washington region. A panel of leaders will speak on their work to advance racial equity by organizing for policy and systems change in support of immigrant justice. Then, participants will engage in facilitated dialogue to explore how philanthropy can move power and resources to amplify efforts on the ground, change narratives, and create just and equitable communities. Join us to learn about the current challenges facing our immigrant communities, deepen understanding of how anti-immigrant policies are rooted in anti-Blackness and the implications of that, and explore how movements for fairness and justice for immigrants intersect with movements for racial equity.
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
Hiwot Berihun, Legal Director, African Communities Together
Gabrielle Jackson, Co-director, UndocuBlack
Julio Murillo, Government & Strategic Relations Specialist, CASA 
Darakshan Raja, Co-director and Co-founder, Justice for Muslims Collective


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