Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community. As Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel asked, “How can a human being be illegal?”
America has long been a nation of immigrants. Many people who leave their homes to come to this country are simply seeking a life of freedom and safety.
This Courageous Conversation aims to explore current immigrant experiences, discussing barriers, struggles, joys, and successes. We will expand our conversation to discuss the urgent situation faced by many immigrants when they arrive here, the lengthy struggles faced by immigrants after arrival, and what each of us can do to stand up against hate and support our neighbors.
Moderator: Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill
Community Participants: Marius, a Togolese asylum seeker; Sonia Terbullino, Cosecha activist; Catherine Ramirez Mejia, MIRA Coalition; Jane Hucks, co-chair of Merrimack Valley Project’s Immigrant Justice Committee
This program is a collaboration between Memorial Hall Library and Courageous Conversations.
In addition to this Courageous Conversation, Memorial Hall Library is partnering with the Reading Public Library to bring you a 3-part series on immigration presented by the MIRA Coalition. Consider attending any or all of these virtual sessions to continue learning about resources available for immigrants, as well as policy updates and changes.