A Community Conversation: Putting a Human Face on Immigration


Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 8:00am to 11:00am


Carol Woods Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd. Chapel Hill
Sponsored by:  Progressive Democrats of Orange and Chatham Counties and Triangle Women's International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Led by trained facilitators from Uniting NC.

We seek to transcend politics and create common ground by sharing our personal experiences, articulating our hopes, voicing our concerns, and building trust in a safe, open and nonjudgmental setting. We would love for you and other members of your organization to take part in this community conversation. Accompanied children are welcome to participate.

Noon: we all enjoy a potluck luncheon and fellowship while watching short films telling the stories of immigrants trying to make a life in the US.  Please bring a favorite dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share if you wish, but it is your participation that’s important.

1:00 pm: Kristin Collins (Uniting NC) maps out the process of building a new vision of community through dialogue; then we break out into small facilitated discussion groups of 6-8 for about an hour, after which we’ll share the highlights of our conversations in the larger group.

We have invited a cross-section of our community to this event: elected officials,  business people, workers, farmers, artists, musicians, people from the faith community, teachers, students, and, of course, immigrants and family members of immigrants. We are delighted that our NC Senator Ellie Kinnaird  as well as Olma Echeverri from Charlotte, the President of the newly formed Hispanic American Democrats of NC, will participate in this event.

It is our strong belief that in order to get grassroots support for sound comprehensive immigration reform, we have to start talking -- and listening -- to one another and create a solid foundation of trust and goodwill. We can reclaim public discourse on immigration from the orchestrated hysteria and divisive rhetoric that has replaced thoughtful debate and counter the message of fear and intolerance with a message of respect and cooperation. 

Please RSVP no later than Friday, August 20, by e-mailing PDNC2010@gmail.com or calling/ texting 919-452-9342. If you are planning to contribute to the potluck, please let us know what dish or beverage you will be bringing. Thank you for all you are and all you do. 
Directions to Carol Woods:From I- 40 West take Exit #266. At the stoplight at the top of the exit ramp, turn left on highway 86. Turn left at the fourth stoplight onto Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods is about one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.From I-40 East take Exit #266, labeled highway 86.At the stoplight at the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto highway 86. Turn left at the third stoplight onto Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods is about one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.From I-85 South take exit #174B to 15-501. This is an exit to the right. Follow 15-501 into Chapel Hill and turn right onto I-40 West. Take exit  #266, labeled highway 86.  At the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto highway 86.  Then turn left at the fourth stoplight. Carol Woods is approximately one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.

Bus Lines:

Carol Woods is on the T-Line. For a weekend schedule, please visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=3273

Links:Progressive Democrats of North Carolina: www.progressivedemocratsnc.orgTriangle Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: www.trianglewilpf.orgUniting NC: www.unitingnc.orgChapel Hill Friends Meeting: www.chapelhillfriends.orgEl Centro Hispano: www.elcentronc.org 

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