A lunch conversation with immigration activists and Elvira Arellano by phone
CHICAGO – On Wednesday, April 11 at 12 p.m. at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted, Residents’ Dining Hall), join outspoken immigration activist Emma Lozano, President of Centro Sin Fronteras; Reverend Walter L. Coleman of Adalberto United Methodist Church, where Elvira Arellano took sanctuary on August 15, 2006; Alie Kabba of United African Organization Inc.; and Young Son Song of the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center. Elvira Arellano will take part in the conversation via phone.
This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. Seating is limited. Registration required by phone, please call 312.413.5353.
Elvira Arellano is a 31-year-old single mother, former airport worker, and undocumented immigrant who took sanctuary last August at Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago. Arellano was arrested in 2002 as part of a post-9/11 sweep of airport workers with unregistered social security numbers. At that time she refused voluntary deportation and won a stay of deportation through private bills introduced in Congress on her behalf. During the next four years she emerged as a leader in the struggle for undocumented immigrants’ rights by calling for a moratorium on raids and deportations, meeting with U.S. Congressmen and Senators in Washington, and co-founding (with Emma Lozano) La Familia Latina Unida, an organization of families with U.S. citizen children facing separation from undocumented parents. Arellano entered sanctuary with her son Saul, a U.S. citizen, after the Department of Homeland Security refused her stay of deportation in August 2006.
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