Three local foreign immigrants will present “Stories of Challenge/Voices of Hope: Immigrant Journeys, in their Own Words,” Wed., 1/15, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the auditorium at Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green St., Fairhaven.
One of the presenters arrived in New Bedford early in 2019 from Guatemala, where she fled in fear for the lives of her and her child. She seeks asylum in the United States. A second presenter has lived in the United States for many years but experiences ongoing separation from her husband, the father of her five children, who was deported in 2016. The final presenter recently came to the United States as an unaccompanied minor.
The local sponsor for “Stories of Challenge/Voices of Hope” is the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven, through its South Coast Progressive Voices bimonthly speaker series. SCPV features experts in fields of broad public interest locally, regionally, and nationally.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven (UUSF; https://uufairhaven.org) is committed to the pursuit of religious freedom and to building a world that is just, peaceable and sustainable.
While immigration issues are complex and multifaceted, and reasonable people can come to quite different opinions about how to fix a broken system, UUSF bases its support for immigrants in the Seven Principles of Unitarian-Universalism (https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles), specifically, belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and in justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 PM. The venue is handicap accessible via the Center Street driveway. Refreshments will be served.
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