Christians and Immigration In a Land of Contradictions - A Call To Biblical Action

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Center for Peace and Justice
George Fox University
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Newberg, OR 97132

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Presented by Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, the Center for Peace and Justice at George Fox University and Mennonite Central Committee.
Date: October 1-2, 2010
Location: Hoover Lecture Hall (Hoover 105)
George Fox University
Newberg, Ore., campus

Join with other concerned Christians as we educate ourselves about immigration in the United States. Together we will examine details of immigration law and history, hear firsthand stories about the immigrant experience, and be inspired by fellow Christians working to share the love of Christ with our immigrant brothers and sisters.

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Conference Schedule


9:00 Field Experience
Meet in Hoover/Wood-Mar parking lot (campus map) for a brief welcome then travel in groups to visit “real-world” sites relating to immigration. Potential sites may include: VOZ Worker’s Rights Education Project, Portland; The Virginia Garcia Clinic, Hillsboro; CASA, Newberg.
*Space may be limited for field experience. Priority will be given to those registered by the early registration deadline, September 17, 2010

2:00 No Soy El Army Peace Tour (Hoover 210)
The Rural Organizing Project brings us this tour intended to open a dialogue between the traditional peace community and Spanish-speaking and Latino communities about war, military recruitment, race and cross-community organizing.

5:00 Break for dinner (not provided)

6:30 Movie: “Frozen Dreams” and discussion; “Frozen Dreams” is a documentary that “has been called an ‘eye opener about why we need real immigration reform’.  This documentary film was created by Emiliana Aguilar Reynosa and the Portland staff at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).  Emiliana Reynosa, wife of Pedro Sosa, is a Mayan Quiche from Guatemala. She was employed by Fresh Del Monte Produce when it was raided in June of 2007 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The film addresses the root causes of migration as well as how those arrested in the raid came together for mutual support and leadership development, with assistance from the AFSC Immigrant Rights Program.”


8:30 Coffee in foyer

9:00 – 9:20 Introduction – Clint Baldwin

9:20 – 10:15 Michael Chamberlain: “US History through the Lens of Immigration and Immigration Law”

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:00 Jennifer Doerrie & Miriam Cardenas: “The Realities of Current Immigration Law”

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (lunch included in conference fee)

1:00 – 2:15 Jennifer Doerrie & Miriam Cardenas: “Stories of Immigration”

2:15 – 2:30 Break

2:30 – 4:00 Panel Presentation: Getting involved in your community
Church and Community leaders from the greater Portland area will share their experiences and answer questions concerning their work in and support of the immigrant community.

4:00 – 4:30 Closing Session – Clint Baldwin

4:30 – 5:00 Fellowship time in foyer