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March 15: Participatory Workshop on Immigrant Rights: Dialogue in a Time of Crisis

Join us for a participatory workshop on immigrant rights by the authors of The Politics of Immigration, as well as an information session and update on the sanctuary at Holyrood Episcopal Church, where Amanda Morales Guerra and her children have been housed since August 2017.

We don’t want our family members, friends, and neighbors hauled away and deported. Many of us are actively working to defend community members from deportation, like Ravi Ragbir, leader of the NYC New Sanctuary Coalition, and Amanda Morales Guerra, who has been in sanctuary at Holyrood Episcopal Church in Washington Heights since August.

But do we really understand the system we are fighting against? Do we have the tools to respond effectively to tough questions from family members, co-workers, and others who don’t share our views? For example:

* Why do so many people come here “illegally”? Why don’t they just wait in line?
* If someone committed a crime in this country, why shouldn’t they be deported?
* Don’t unauthorized immigrants push down wages for everyone?
* Can we really afford to have so many immigrants here?
* Isn’t our current immigration system color-blind?
* What would an alternative system look like, and how do we get there?

Bring your questions and thoughts to this participatory workshop facilitated by Jane Guskin and David Wilson, authors of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers (Monthly Review Press). Together we will strengthen our skills and deepen our understanding to engage more effectively in dialogue around immigration issues.

The sanctuary information session will be led by Renee Colwell, volunteer coordinator at Holyrood Episcopal Church, who will share with neighbors how they can help.

More information: thepoliticsofimmigration.org

Participatory Workshop on Immigrant Rights: Dialogue in a Time of Crisis
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
New York NY 10032

March 10: Root Shock: Dr. Mindy T. Fullilove & Coach Dave Crenshaw in conversation

Join Word Up for a conversation between Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove—author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It (New Village Press)—and Coach Dave Crenshaw, on the effects of displacement on communities.

Like a sequel to the prescient warnings of urbanist Jane Jacobs, Root Shock reveals the disturbing effects of decades of insensitive urban renewal projects on communities of color. Fullilove passionately describes the profound traumatic stress—the “root shock”—that results when a neighborhood is demolished, and she demonstrates that urban renewal didn’t just disrupt black communities: it ruined their economic health and social cohesion, stripping displaced residents of their sense of place as well. Dr. Fullilove insists that understanding the damage caused by root shock is crucial to coping with its human toll and helping cities become whole.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School, having moved there in 2016 after 26 years at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Her research examines the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal. In 2004, she worked with colleagues in Upper Manhattan to start the CLIMB project, which has advocated for reinvestment in the area’s cliffside parks. This has spurred millions in new investment, including a 2016 $30 million investment to update Highbridge Park. Coach Dave Crenshaw is a youth sports coach and community organizer. His youth program—Team Dreamers, based at his first alma mater P.S. 128 in Washington Heights—trains up to 100 kids in athletics, life skills, and more.
The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Books will be available for sale.
Root Shock: Dr. Mindy T. Fullilove & Coach Dave Crenshaw in conversation
Saturday, March 10, 2018 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
New York NY 10032

January 21 – Poetry Reading: Denize Lauture: A Kiss to the Land

Poetry Reading: Denize Lauture: A Kiss to the Land

Invoking the dreams of his Haitian ancestors, who now haunt his memories, Denizé Lauture’s poetry is imbued with a sense of never forgetting, reminding us all that the story of enduring must continue to be written, spoken, and dreamt. Writing and performing in Creole, French, and English, it’s impossible to turn away from Lauture’s moving and delightful poetry, which reverberates with all that he has experienced. At once a meaningful protest through the medium of words and sounds as well as a celebration of bearing witness, Lauture’s poetry retains an indefatigable spirit. There is something in Lauture’s work that emanates a quiet insurgency. It may come from his country’s history. Haiti defeated not one but three European powers—Britain, France, and Spain—on its way to securing independence after a successful slaves revolt. Lauture’s life’s work ensures that history doesn’t evaporate into the mist sprayed by those who want to tell a different story, one made unreal by spectacle and corrupted by the complicity of silence. We should read, see, and listen to Lauture who knows it’s the poet that shows us that it’s not about if we can but that we must —and will—prevail.

Denizé Lauture lives in the Bronx and teaches at Saint-Thomas Aquinas College across the Hudson River in Sparkill. Born the son of humble peasants, he left Haiti in 1968. Lauture was then a machinist and welder, and had not graduated from high school. He worked as a welder in Harlem and attended evening classes at The City College of New York. Lauture received a B.A. in Sociology in 1977, a M.S. in Bilingual Education at CCNY, and a M.A. in Spanish Literature at Lehman College; he did additional graduate studies at Fordham University and at the Graduate Center. Lauture writes in Haitian Creole, English, and French. He has published ten books including poetry and stories for children.

Poetry Reading: Denize Lauture: A Kiss to the Land                                  Sunday, January 21, 2018                                                                                          3–4:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032