|Berta Campos describes the origins of Mujeres en Acción|
The audience of almost 90 people listened to broad perspectives on immigration from a variety of speakers. Berta Campos from Mujeres en Acción (which also catered a meal for the event) spoke of how a group of immigrant women helped start a catering business that has served the Albuquerque community for years.
|Terry Dunbar and Manny Hernández, School on Wheels|
Terry Dunbar and Manny Hernández of School on Wheels discussed the challenges of undocumented students in the public schools in Albuquerque.
Kathy Freeze addressed the difference between immigrants and refugees and spoke of how Catholic Charities is helping the latter group in a very challenging an environment.
The team from Casa de las Comunidade (Sister Teresa Aparicio, OLMV, Linda Swindle, Nancy Lujan Moreno and Alan Bronde) told the audience about the services that the Catholic Worker House provides to immigrants and their families.
Judy Traeger, a member of the parish, told us about the Kino Border Initiative and how the parish can help support the efforts of this group that provides assistant to migrants along the Arizona-Sonora border (specifically in the twin cities of Nogales).
The short video below, featuring Kathy Freeze, was contributed by Mellie Myer, a member of the planning team for the event.
Less than one percent get resettled. So you think, as a country, we're doing enough? We have not even begun..-Kathy Freeze
Speakers from Casa de las Comunidades: Linda Swindle, Nancy Lujan Moreno, Sister Teresa Aparicio, OLMV, Alan Bronde
Other Information from Two of Our Speakers
Given the breadth and depth of information that was presented, it was inevitable that some pieces of information were left out. A couple of speakers offered links for us to post here.
The link to this article comes from Rich Wood. On May 4, groups from Las Cruces and Albuquerque organized a protest to oppose U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, the actions of Border Patrol agents, and repeated, bipartisan approval in Congress for funding to increase militarization of the U.S./Mexico border. About 150 people (including Rich) attended. Read More in New Mexico Politics
12th annual Positive Music Festival in Tampa, Fla., in February of this year.