This workshop will focus on building an immigrant justice movement both with a policy and organizing focus. Get a bird’s eye view of the federal immigration policy landscape, including the most recent executive orders, learn about what people are doing to push back and protect immigrants at the state level (with a focus on the series of model legislation being introduced in the California legislature). Learn how communities are organizing on the ground to address the Muslim Ban, the proposed border wall, and ICE raids by building and defining sanctuary. Just promising sanctuary to undocumented folks won’t be enough. How do we turn to ourselves and to each other to make sure that all of us are safe? Sanctuary can’t just be for immigrants. Sanctuary also needs to exist for black folks, for queer and trans folks, for women, for young folks.
- Lakshmi Sridaran (South Asian Americans Leading Together), Moderator
- Saira Hussain (Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus)
- Desis Rising Up and Moving – South Asian Organizing Center