[act-ma] 5/19 Immigration Reform Policy: CCI Antiracism Discussion (Wed)

Janet janet at communitychangeinc.org
Wed May 12 10:46:47 PDT 2010

CCI Lunch Time Conversations about Race & Racism:
Issues That Matter to Boston (and beyond)


MAY 19 (Wed)
Noon-1:30 p.m.
The Community Change Library on Racism
14 Beacon Street, Room 604

By 2009, over half the people detained and deported by Immigration  
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were scooped up through new programs  
that were supposed to focus on catching dangerous criminals. Yet, the  
majority had no criminal records at all.  There’s no indication that  
the bipartisan reform bill Sens. Schumer and Graham have been  
drafting will alter this course. BUT two existing bills are examples  
of true change: Rep. Luiz Gutierrez’s Comprehensive Immigration  
Reform ASAP bill in the House and the Refugee Protection Act in the  

On May 19, our guests, PATRICIA MONTES, Executive Director of Centro  
Presente, and GABRIEL CAMACHO, Board President, Centro Presente, will  
share with us their political position on the immigration legislation  
currently before the U.S. Congress. They will also describe the  
collective actions we can take to support a real, just and humane  
immigration reform.

Established in 1981, Centro Presente is a member-driven, state-wide  
Latin American immigrant organization dedicated to the self- 
determination and self-sufficiency of the Latin American immigrant  
community of Massachusetts. Operated and led primarily by Central  
American immigrants, Centro Presente struggles for immigrant rights  
and for economic and social justice. Through the integration of  
community organizing, leadership development and basic services,  
Centro Presente strives to give our members voice and build community  

Please join Community Change Staff and friends for this lunch time  
conversation around race & racism:  issues that matter to Boston…and  
Beyond. Please bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. $5  
contribution requested. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: RSVP 617-523-0555,  
janet at communitychangeinc.org

Community Change, Inc. was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and  
in response to the Kerner Commission which named racism as "a white  
problem." Since 1968, CCI has done what few organizations are willing  
to do: shine a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with  
the intention of dealing with racism at its source, as well as with  
its impact on communities of color.

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