Actions and Detail Panel
Elevating Immigrant Voices in a Sanctuary City
Wed, March 22, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Note: This event was rescheduled after inclement weather on February 27. If you already RSVP'd for the Feb. 27 event, you're already registered.
Spectrum Dance Theater and Crosscut Community Panel Series
As part of Spectrum's 2016-17 Season: American - Identity, Race, or Culture?
Why aren't the voices of immigrants and people of color louder? How can we, as citizens in a sanctuary city, help elevate these voices while simultaneously protecting them? As part of Spectrum Dance Theater's quest to "make the invisible, visible," join them, along with Crosscut, for a community event aimed at elevating the voices of American immigrants. The event will be part panel, and part open dialogue. Its goal is for attendees to have the opportunity to listen and engage with immigrant leaders in the arts, technology, education and cultural sectors of Seattle. We will discuss how, as a community, we can disrupt systems that perpetuate cycles of oppression against immigrants and people of color.
Bookda Gheisar, who most recently worked as Lead facilitator, in collaboration with the Office of Equity and Social Justice and the Immigrant and Refugee Task Force, to develop recommendations for how King County can improve equity and outcomes for communities. The report resulted in a commitment by King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Jacque Larrainzar, a LGBTQ human rights activist who helped start UNID@S, a Latino LGBT Human Rights National Organization. She is also a member of the World LGBTQ Refugee Congress, a group that advises the United Nations Human Rights Commission on issues related to LGBTQ refugees around the world.
Maryam Pedraza, an Iranian immigrant who shares her life stories about war, immigration and the Iranian-American dream. She is an Associate Communications Officer at the Gates Foundation and a board member for the Iranian American Community Alliance in Seattle.
Graciela Nunez, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, was raised in the historic Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida. The experience of growing up alongside Cuban refugees and Latin American immigrants made her realize that these communities were often ignored and their issues went unaddressed at the national level. She recently graduated from the University of Washington and currently works as a Session Aide with the Racial Equity Team in the Washington State Legislature.