A Community Conversation: Putting a Human Face on Immigration

Sponsored by:  Progressive Democrats of Orange and Chatham Counties and Triangle Women's International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Led by trained facilitators from Uniting NC.

We seek to transcend politics and create common ground by sharing our personal experiences, articulating our hopes, voicing our concerns, and building trust in a safe, open and nonjudgmental setting. We would love for you and other members of your organization to take part in this community conversation. Accompanied children are welcome to participate.

Noon: we all enjoy a potluck luncheon and fellowship while watching short films telling the stories of immigrants trying to make a life in the US.  Please bring a favorite dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share if you wish, but it is your participation that’s important.

1:00 pm: Kristin Collins (Uniting NC) maps out the process of building a new vision of community through dialogue; then we break out into small facilitated discussion groups of 6-8 for about an hour, after which we’ll share the highlights of our conversations in the larger group.

We have invited a cross-section of our community to this event: elected officials,  business people, workers, farmers, artists, musicians, people from the faith community, teachers, students, and, of course, immigrants and family members of immigrants. We are delighted that our NC Senator Ellie Kinnaird  as well as Olma Echeverri from Charlotte, the President of the newly formed Hispanic American Democrats of NC, will participate in this event.

It is our strong belief that in order to get grassroots support for sound comprehensive immigration reform, we have to start talking -- and listening -- to one another and create a solid foundation of trust and goodwill. We can reclaim public discourse on immigration from the orchestrated hysteria and divisive rhetoric that has replaced thoughtful debate and counter the message of fear and intolerance with a message of respect and cooperation. 

Please RSVP no later than Friday, August 20, by e-mailing or calling/ texting 919-452-9342. If you are planning to contribute to the potluck, please let us know what dish or beverage you will be bringing. Thank you for all you are and all you do. 
Directions to Carol Woods:From I- 40 West take Exit #266. At the stoplight at the top of the exit ramp, turn left on highway 86. Turn left at the fourth stoplight onto Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods is about one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.From I-40 East take Exit #266, labeled highway 86.At the stoplight at the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto highway 86. Turn left at the third stoplight onto Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods is about one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.From I-85 South take exit #174B to 15-501. This is an exit to the right. Follow 15-501 into Chapel Hill and turn right onto I-40 West. Take exit  #266, labeled highway 86.  At the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto highway 86.  Then turn left at the fourth stoplight. Carol Woods is approximately one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.

Bus Lines:

Carol Woods is on the T-Line. For a weekend schedule, please visit

Links:Progressive Democrats of North Carolina: www.progressivedemocratsnc.orgTriangle Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: www.trianglewilpf.orgUniting NC: www.unitingnc.orgChapel Hill Friends Meeting: www.chapelhillfriends.orgEl Centro Hispano: 


Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 8:00am to 11:00am


Carol Woods Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd. Chapel Hill

Screening of "Papers" documentary

Via Facebook:

Adelante Education Coalition, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate, and Chapel Hill High School's Latino Student Association to screen "Papers" documentary in Chapel Hill

Film highlights the stories of undocumented youth; Community discussion on immigration issues to follow

CHAPEL HILL - Every year, 65,000 undocumented students in the United States graduate from high school without legal status - without"papers." Many of these students know the U.S. as their home, yet without proof of residence cannot drive, work, or apply for state ID,and could be deported to a country they do not remember.

"Papers" is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of these undocumented youth, and the obstacles they face when they graduate from high school. The Adelante Education Coalition will host a free screening of "Papers". The evening will feature opening remarks and poetry readings from current and former Chapel Hill High School students. A community discussion on immigration led by Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate coordinator Graig Meyer will follow the film.

DATE: Wednesday, May 26

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event starts at 7 p.m.

This is a free event

Childcare and snacks provided

Spanish Interpretation available

The Adelante Education Coalition is a collaboration among nonprofit organizations that focus on advocacy and public policy, community organizing and grassroots support. The coalition works to ensure that North Carolina has a high-quality K-12 and post-secondary public education system. For more information and a list of coalition members, please visit   


Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:00pm


Hanes Theatre, Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Rd., Chapel Hill

Rigorous debate at NAACP candidate forum

Last night, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro chapter of the NAACP held a candidate’s forum for the County Commissioner at-large and County Sheriff’s race.

The candidates present were: Clarence Birkhead, Lindy Pendergrass, Joal Hall Broun, Barry Jacobs and Joe Phelps. Alice Gordon also stopped by, even though she is uncontested in her County Commissioner race in District 1.

There was actually a lot of ground covered at the forum. Among the topics discussed was the 287g Program, overcrowding in county jails, funding for the Chapel Hill library and Google Fiber Optics.

Most notable was William Thorp, the NAACP chapter chair, giving an impassioned plea to the commissioner-hopefuls to fix the situation in Rogers Road. The plea came in the wake of a new report that found 9 out of 11 wells in the region were contaminated and a quarter of the septic tanks in the area were in disrepair.

El Centro Latino: A Precious Resource for This Community

The day before Thanksgiving, El Centro Latino shut its operations down. For the past five years or so my office suite at People of Faith Against the Death Penalty has been located right next to El Centro Latino’s offices in downtown Carrboro. Every day year after year my colleagues and I saw scores of people enter El Centro for help and receive it. Every day we saw and heard happy children run and play and get tutored around the officesof El Centro. We saw adults taking classes. Every day El Centro’s clients overflowed into the hallways of the building. Every day we saw dedicated and caring staff members of El Centro try meet the needs of so many.

I often wondered how they managed. It was clearly exhausting and unrelenting work.

But even though I was so close and saw the amazing work theywere doing I think I took El Centro Latino for granted. I think our community probably has too. Had I not seen it all I would not have known the great work being done there.

Lessons Learned in Chatham's Supporting Immigrant Rights: Past and Future

Notice via e-mail from Peggy Misch:

Lessons Learned in Chatham's Supporting Immigrant Rights: Past and Future --
Marisol McGee and Martin Spritzer, Chatham County Human Relations Commission, speakers at meeting of Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee. 7 pm,  Orange Water and Sewer Authority Meeting Room (off lower driveway), 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro. All welcome. Info: 942-2535.


Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 3:00pm


OWASA community meeting room, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro



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