Fall 2017 World at Our Doorsteps: Immigration and Deportation in Los Angeles

October 31, 2017

Tuesday Noon – Tamara Ho

Myanmar and the Rohingya: Unpacking a Southeast Asian Humanitarian Crisis     Since August 2017, the world’s attention has turned to Myanmar and the displacement of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group who have lived in the western state of Rakhine near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Over 500,00 Rohingya have recently been driven out of Myanmar […]

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August 22, 2017

Public Talk – Junot Díaz

Junot Diaz in Conversation “Junot Díaz has one of the most distinctive and magnetic voices in contemporary fiction: limber, streetwise, caffeinated and wonderfully eclectic.” —The New York Times Junot Díaz‘s fiction is probing and funny. It’s also situated at the often challenging and always complex center of first-generation American experience. Díaz, Dominican Republican–born and New Jersey–bred, […]

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Tuesday Noon – Gilda Ochoa

Where the Past Meets the Present: Latina/o Migration, Roots,and Resistance in L.A. County Gilda Ochoa, Pomona professor of  Chicana/o-Latina/o studies at Pomona College and author of Becoming Neighbors in a Mexican American Community, will talk about immigration and community organizing in the context of the LA County community of La Puente. This case-study approach would allow […]

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Tuesday Noon- Hussam Ayloush

Muslims Not Welcome: The Political Ramifications of Islamophobia on Muslim Immigrants in America The xenophobic rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election has only intensified since Donald Trump took office, and campaign promises have manifested into tangible policies and executive orders that have stalled immigration applications, torn families apart, grounded travelers, and instilled fear in entire immigrant communities throughout the […]

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Public Lecture – Hiroshi Motomura

City of Angels, City of Immigrants Several historical episodes have been crucial in making Los Angeles into the City of Immigrants that it is today. The first is the story of California in the last part of the 19th century—how it became a magnet for Asian immigration, but then became the crucible of laws that […]

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Tuesday Noon – Bamby Salcedo

New Frontera: #TranslatinaPower in 2017 Political Climate This session will highlight the issues related to the current political climate and the ways in which Trans Latin@s are resisting and combating to claim existence. Bamby Salcedo is the founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatin@ Coalition. Her most recent employer was Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She spent eight […]

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Student Only Workshop – Alexandra Suh

‘Don’t Deport My Parents!’: Immigrant communities fighting back This workshop will provide information on recent anti-immigrant policies and practices and their impact on immigrant communities. We will analyze and discuss strategies that immigrants, their families, and communities are preparing themselves, resisting, and forging a more democratic city, state, and country.   A supporter of KIWA […]

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Public Lecture – Maria Elena Durazo

Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity Maria Elena Durazo will discuss her experiences as a civil rights, labor rights, and immigrant rights organizer and the need for diversity in the workforce, public office, and beyond. Maria Elena Durazo is Vice President for UNITE HERE International Union, which represents more than 270,000 hospitality workers in the U.S. and […]

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Public Lecture – Angelica Salas

Humane Immigrant Rights in L.A.   Since becoming CHIRLA’s executive director in 1999, Angelica Salas has spearheaded several ambitious campaigns locally, state-wide, and nationally. She helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and established day laborer job centers that have served as a model for the rest of the nation. She led efforts to […]

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Student Only Workshop – Edina Lekovic

A Canary in the Coal Mine: Being Muslim in Trump’s America Since he declared his candidacy, Donald Trump has repeatedly taken aim at Muslims, painting them as a suspicious population requiring greater scrutiny and surveillance. His calls for a Muslim ban targeting 7 countries and his racist and Islamophobic cabinet picks also come with turning […]

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Student Only Workshop – Inland Empire – Immigrant Youth Coalition

Immigrants for Sale: Profiting from Incarceration and Detention Members of the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition will facilitate a student only workshop in which participants will learn the history of the largest detention center in the west coast, the notorious Adelanto Detention Center, grassroots advocacy and the regional campaign to #ShutDownAdelanto. They will also explore […]

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