The New Jim Crow: Crimmigration, Youth and DissentFebruary 28, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Crawford 115
Immigrant youth represent one of the most outspoken and militant sections of the immigrant rights movement today. Young migrants have gone on hunger strikes to press for access to higher education for youth who are undocumented, and engaged in civil disobedience to push back against the escalating criminalization of the members of their communities dehumanized as “illegal.”
Join the conversation about how high school and college students are organizing themselves to challenge the repression, terror and violation of rights directed at immigrants through stepped up detention, deportation and anti-immigrant laws.
The four members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance will share their own stories, and facilitate a discussion based on a new documentary Bad Dreamers, by New York-based digital media artist and filmmaker, Alex Rivera, about the courageous acts of civil disobedience by undocumented youth.
PANELISTS: Isabel Castillo, Andrea Margot Ortega, Jonathan Perez and Maria Rodgriquez
Isabel Castillo is the founder of DREAM Activist Virginia and co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. She staged a non-violent sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office in support of the DREAM Act in 2010.
Andrea Margot Ortega is the co-founder of the Immigrant Youth Coalition, and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, and a filmmaker. Andrea has documented the immigrant youth movement since its beginnings in 2010.
Jonathan Perez is the statewide organizer of California’s Immigrant Youth Coalition, and a core member of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Jonathan has participated in the first civil disobedience in California by undocumented youth, and last fall was placed in detention as part of a civil disobedience action in Alabama.
Maria Rodgriquez is a member of the Immigrant Youth Coalition, and a student at Pitzer College. Maria participated in a civil disobedience action in San Bernardino, CA.
Sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Free and open to the public
Ethnic Studies, Mānoa Campus
Monisha Das Gupta , 956-2914, firstname.lastname@example.org